There's no place like home and there's no place like Cape Cod--especially this Monday, August 11. That day marks the 75th anniversary of the premiere of "The Wizard of Oz" and two Cape theaters are marking the occasion she special showings of the timeless Technicolor treat.
The historic Cape Cinema will screen the film at 7 p.m. on Monday. The anniversary showing is all the more special because the film originally premiered at the movie house on August 11, 1939 and ran four days before its New York and LA debut.
According to a Cape Cinema release, the premiere was advertised in the local papers and an after party at the Playhouse Restaurant followed. Keeping with tradition, the Cape Cinema will show the film in its original 35mm format.
"The Wizard of Oz" was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starred Judy Garland. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards, losing the Best Picture nod to "Gone with the Wind". According to IMDB, "The Wizard of Oz" is the most watched movie in film history, most likely due to the countless broadcasts on television since 1956.
Not to be outdone (never to be outdone!) Provincetown will also host a screening on the 11th at the Waters Edge Cinema. The screening, a benefit for the Provincetown Film Society, will start at 8 p.m. and is preceded by a party at 7:30 p.m. The Provincetown screening is a sing-a-long and costumes are encouraged. There will be complementary beer and wine and treats plus phot ops with characters from the movie.
The Cape Cinema is at 35 Hope Lane in Dennis. Tickets, are $11 and available online (if not sold out) here. The Waters Edge Cinema is at 237 Commercial Street in Provincetown. Tickets for that event are $20, $15 for members and available online here.