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Enjoy "The Wizard of Oz" on Big Screens in ATL to Celebrate Judy Garland's 100th Birthday

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Yellow brick road travelers, get ready.

To celebrate Judy Garland's 100th birthday, multiple theatres in the greater Atlanta area are offering special big-screen showings of The Wizard of Oz on June 5 and 6.

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Limited-run showings of The Wizard of Oz return to Atlanta-area big screens in June, commemorating Judy Garland's 100th birthday.Daily Mail / Morris Everett Jr Collection

The special showing features an exclusive deleted musical number omitted from the release of the 1939 movie according to Fathom Events, which is the distributor of the rereleased feature.

Regal Atlantic Station Stadium theatre is among more than a dozen Atlanta-area movie houses featuring the special showing. Showtimes are 3 pm and 7 pm for each day of the special limited run. A listing of all theatres featuring the special event along with Advance tickets is available online.

The film's star, Judy Garland, would be 100 years old on June 10, 2022. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, MN, before changing her name in the early 1930s for theatrical purposes, according to various biographies. She won acclaim for the role of Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land "somewhere over the rainbow" and the adventures along the yellow brick road. Garland went on to star in movies, theatre, television and musical shows until her death at the age of 47 in London, England, on June 22, 1969.

The Wizard of Oz was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film ultimately won two Oscars: Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow" and Best Original Score.

While the music and story was a hit, the film's high budget and lower-than-expected revenue due largely to discounted youth ticket sales resulted in a financial loss for MGM, according to published industry report. The film eventually turned a profit with its rerelease in 1949, according to industry reports in the Eddie Mannix Ledger and Los Angeles Times.

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