A spectacular yearlong journey into movie history begins in January when Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) present The Wizard of Oz in more than 500 movie theaters nationwide on January 27, 29 and 30, a three-day cinematic celebration of the iconic film's 80th anniversary and the start of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series.

One of the most well-known and best-loved films in Hollywood history, The Wizard of Oz will be accompanied by fascinating insights from TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz, both before and after the film, offering a memorable moviegoing experience for families and fans of all ages. Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charlie Grapewin, Clara Bandick and "The Munchkins" (and Toto, too!) star in what has been called "the most influential film of all time."

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Throughout 2019, the TCM Big Screen Classics series will see 14 unforgettable films return to movie theaters, including My Fair Lady, The Godfather Part II, To Kill a Mockingbird, Steel Magnolias and Alien. This first presentation will be put on exclusively by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros.

  • WHEN:
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. (local time)
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7 p.m. (local time)
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7 p.m. (local time)

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 700 select movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). Said Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas about the big yearlong event that kicks off with The Wizard of Oz.

"Every year, more and more film fans have flocked to the TCM Big Screen Classics series, proving the lasting appeal of these movies and the thrill of seeing them in a movie theater. From spectacular musicals and grand Westerns to epic adventures, we are tremendously proud of this year's lineup and our continuing partnership with TCM."

Journey over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion ... and Toto, too. One of the crowning achievements of classic Hollywood, The Wizard of Oz stands apart from almost any other movie for its black-and-white-to-color cinematography, its standout songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (who won an Oscar for "Over the Rainbow"), and for its perfect cast. You can take a look at the rest of the year's line-up, which includes some can't-miss classics back on the big screen for a limited time only.

  • The lineup for the 2019 "TCM Big Screen Classics" includes:
  • The Wizard of Oz - 1/27, 29 & 30
  • My Fair Lady - 2/17 & 20
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - 3/24 & 27
  • Ben-Hur - 4/14 & 17 
  • True Grit - 5/5 & 8
  • Steel Magnolias - 5/19, 21 & 22
  • Field of Dreams - 6/16 & 18
  • Glory - 7/21 & 24 
  • Hello, Dolly! - 8/11 & 14
  • Lawrence of Arabia - 9/1 & 4
  • The Shawshank Redemption - 9/22, 24 & 25 
  • Alien - 10/13, 15 & 16
  • The Godfather Part II - 11/10, 12 & 13 
  • When Harry Met Sally - 12/1 & 3
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