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As a movie buff, I love going to the theater,  feeling the hush that (hopefully) accompanies the dimming of the lights, and losing myself in the glow of the silver screen.  It’s an experience that trumps watching any television programming or even my favorite movies on home theater every time.  I also have developed a keen appreciation for the history of the medium, and a true love of the old films (especially anything starring Humphrey Bogart).

One of the most beloved of the old films is “The Wizard of Oz.”  I know many people who consider an annual viewing of this film either at Thanksgiving or Christmas an unbreakable tradition.  My wife, is a true fan.  She even wore ruby slippers to our wedding.  “The Wizard of Oz” stands out because of its artistry in every aspect of filmmaking.  It captures the imagination of even an old cynic like myself, and takes us away to a place where “the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the 1939 release of the film.  That a film could stay in the hearts of generation after generation for 70 years is remarkable.  That it is still able to fascinate the CGI enamored kids of today despite its best special effects being some smoke and a change from sepia to color, doubly so.  In celebration of the 70th anniversary Warner is releasing the film on Blu-Ray next week.

However, a special treat is available this week on Wednesday night.

Fathom Events, a company who has made a niche for itself by bringing everything from the Metropolitan Opera to International Marching Band Competitions to the big screen as special events is bringing the new digital print of “The Wizard of Oz” to theaters for a one night only event on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.  I would urge anyone who has children, or still plays with their inner child to try to attend the screening near them if they possibly can.  For a list of participating theaters click here.

After all, we’ve all dreamed of following the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City in hopes that the Wizard has something in that bag for us, too.

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