THE WIZARD OF OZ This Weeekend at the Sky View Drive-in in Lichtfield, Illinois
“Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!”
THE WIZARD OF OZ screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 5th and 6th) at the Sky View Drive-in in Lichtfield, Il. (1500 Historic Old Route 66) Admission is only $7 (free for kids under 5). The movie starts at 8:45. Costumes are encouraged! THE WIZARD OF OZ. The Sky View’s site can be found HERE.
I certainly can’t remember the first time I saw THE WIZARD OF OZ. I just seem to have always known what it was, how the songs go, and each and every character. It rightfully ranks on the list of most folks’ most beloved (if not best) of all time. I grew up with it on annual re-runs that were a big deal every Easter. THE WIZARD OF OZ is full of ironies. It was released in August 1939 to a somewhat indifferent audience and was not a success. Producer Mervyn LeRoy was so financially damaged he swore never to put another cent of his own money in another movie. The film didn’t achieve it’s classic status until it was recycled on TV in the 50’s (more irony: the vast majority of the first TV audiences viewed it in blazing black & white, taking out much of its color-transforming wallop). Unlike so many movies of our childhood, WIZARD OF OZ remains as delightful as ever and this weekend (June 5th and 6th), you’ll have the chance to see it on the big screen when it shows at The Sky View