“Wizard of Oz” to be shown in over 440 theaters on September 23rd

posted by CSWalczak on August 14, 2009 at 10:52 am

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of its original release, the much-loved 1939 classic, MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz,” will be shown for one night only, September 23, 2009 at over 440 theaters nationwide.

For one night, on September 23rd at 7:00 pm in over 440 movie theaters around the country, you’ll be able to walk up to the box office and buy a ticket for The Wizard of Oz. It’s the film’s 70th Anniversary, and to celebrate they’ve remastered the film and will show it in beautiful, high-definition.

Further details at Cinema Blend.

Comments (13)

KenLayton on August 14, 2009 at 11:57 am

“Remastered” and “High Definition” can only mean it’s showing in a video format. Come on studios, show us nice 35mm prints of this classic.

MPol on August 14, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Sounds cool!! I’m there!

p. s. Here’s hoping that something similar is done with the 50th Anniversary of the movie “West Side Story”., when ITS 50th Anniversary comes up in 2011! I’ll be there for sure!!

KingBiscuits on August 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I saw this in 35mm last year at the Gillioz so I’m not interested in seeing a digital version of this.

However, I am very interested in the Plan Nine From Outer Space show that they are doing on Thursday.

monika on August 14, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I am so there…. I have seen it in the theatre in 35mm previously, but am completely unable to skip a big screen showing of one of my favorite movies of all time.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on August 15, 2009 at 2:16 am

I’ve just marked my calendar to give a private screening to family and friends at my home’s little Bijou Cinema… so “CT”, please make that 441 showings!!!

John Fink
John Fink on August 16, 2009 at 12:47 am

I wish they’d do this with more indie, documentary and foreign films. IFC should team up with a content delivery system and create “indie movie night” – one show only, Tuesdays at 7:30 – you show up and we’ll show you a new film that’s currently in release in only major cities. As for classics, I’m conflicted – it’s nice to see them on the big screen… but projected on the “pre-show” projectors? The Wizard of Oz should be seen in full technocolor on a three-strip film. I saw it this way about 10 years ago when it had a wide re-release and it still holds up.

MPol on August 16, 2009 at 8:01 am

I see your point, John J. Fink. Great, golden oldie-but-goody classics such as Wizard of Oz, not to mention a whole slew of others, should be shown in full technicolor on a three-strip film. I saw the same re-release of Wizard of Oz, and I agree that it’s still feasible. My hunch is that technology has changed so that digital, I’m sorry to say, is slowly but surely edging out film.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm

It is a wonderful idea, but I’m surprised they’re bypassing Manhattan completely. New York sure ain’t the movie town it used to be.

JodarMovieFan on August 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I saw Wizard for the first time on film at Baltimore’s Senator Theater for its 60th anniversary back in ‘99. It was my first time to the theater and have been a patron since. The theater boasted a new print where the non-Oz scenes were in its original sepia tone and not color. I never knew or saw it that way. On tv, prior to that, it always in black and white then to color when Dorothy left her house and ventured into Munchkin Land and Oz. I brought my parents along and they, too, were totally enthralled with this viewing even though we’ve seen the movie many times on tv. And surprisingly, neither of them fell asleep during the show (they usually do during other movies which is why I seldom take them out.)

If an area theater has it on film, I’d rather see it there as opposed to HD TV. Its not in DP either. May as well watch it at home on tv.

MPol on August 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Oh, I don’t know, JodarMovieFan. Seeing Wizard of Oz on a great big screen, in a real movie theatre is always fun. I bought my ticket….and I’m going.

raysson on November 28, 2009 at 8:47 pm

In North Carolina…exclusive enagements of THE WIZARD OF OZ will opened for a limited showing in two cities on November 27, 2009.

CHARLOTTE: Ballentine Village

CHAPEL HILL: Varsity Theatre

cinemafreak21 on February 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

HD is rubbish for films like “The Wizard Of Oz”. It only comes off looking cheap projecting 35mm. I have seen the two comparisons and I was well aware that I was watching a digital “print” before I was told and asked for my money back. Give us a decent 35mm print studio cheap skates!

TLSLOEWS on May 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Thats right Jaimie.

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