Seventy Years Over the Rainbow

There's no place like home -- except tonight, when select theaters will screen The Wizard of Oz

Tonight, South Florida theaters will be participating in a nationwide celebration of one of America’s most beloved films.

"The Wizard of Oz
" is turning 70 years old and will be screening in hi-def to the amusement of gays and children of all ages. To add to the excitement, this will be one of the few times that you won’t be blamed for having a speech impediment or a mental illness when singing, “because” six times in a row.

To think that in 1939, Judy Garland first donned those ruby slippers as 12-year-old Dorothy to delight moviegoers in this psychedelic, Technicolor fantasy. Sure, the flying monkeys still tend to frighten, but the Emerald City will always glisten with hope at the end of the Yellow Brick Road. Directed by Victor Fleming, the movie was based on a children’s book by L. Frank Baum, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” and was adapted for Broadway before finally ending up as one of America’s classic film fairy tales.

With all the interesting visual effects, as outdated as they might now seem next "Lord of the Rings," this film is definitely meant to be enjoyed on the big screen. This is the first theater rerelease since 1949. According to USA Today’s blog, Lifeline Live, even Debi Mazar showed up for an advance screening in LA. Just cross your fingers someone will show up dressed as Dorothy -- or maybe even as Toto.

Some participating theaters include AMC Aventura, Sunset Place, Regal South Beach and the Falls. Enjoy the show this Wesnesday night only.

Read more of Liz Tracy's Miami missives on her blog, Miami, bro.


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