City's free Movies in the Park feature tonight is 'Wizard of Oz'

Bring your own chairs, blankets for this 1939 classic

Pleasanton will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1939 classic 'The Wizard of Oz' at its Thursday night Movies in the Park series starting at about 8:30 p.m. tonight (sunset willing).

The free movie that includes popcorn provided by Brenda Dronkers and her Thriving Ink store on Angela Street is the musical favorite of millions. It will be shown on a giant screen the city's Parks and Community Services Department will erect at the Angela Street end of Delucchi Park, which is on First Street between Angela and Neal streets.

The movie features Judy Garland in her signature role as Dorothy from Kansas on her adventures over the rainbow and along the yellow-brick road on her way to the Emerald City.

The park will open to the public at 4 p.m. and seating will be cordoned off in sections with blanket seating in the front, low lawn chairs in the center and camp chairs and other higher positioned seating in the rear to accommodate for the best viewing. Viewers need to have their own chairs and blankets and are welcome to bring their own food or take-out as long as they clean up after themselves. Extra trash receptacles will be strategically located around the park for this purpose.

Two more outdoor movies are scheduled in this summer series. "School of Rock" will be shown on Aug. 6 to be followed on Aug. 20 with Steven Spielberg's box office smash "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

For more information, please call the Parks and Community Services Department at (925) 931-5340.

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Posted by Leslie
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I heard Cindy McGovern refer to the 70th anniversary of this 1929 classic twice at the City Council meeting on Tuesday. Now it's in the Weekly. Is my math off or does 1929 + 70 really equal 2009? Oh brother.

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Posted by J
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I hope that the free showing introduces a whole new generation to this classic! I have to admit I have a soft spot for it, as it was one of my grandmother's favorites

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Posted by Cynthia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm

The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939 - so they had the right anniversary, just the wrong creation date...

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