Enjoy photos of those who watched Thursday night's 1939 'Wizard of Oz' classic at Delucchi Park

More than 500 filled park for city's outdoor summer Movies in the Park series

At least 500 sat on blankets, chairs and some even stood to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz" at another in a series of Thursday night Movies in the Park in downtown's Delucchi Park.

Families began arriving as early as 4 p.m. to claim their spaces as city workers set up the giant 26-foot screen on the Angela Street end of the park. By 8:30, when the film started, the crowd-about half of it children--extended north about half-way to Neal Street.

The free movie that included popcorn provided by Brenda Dronkers and her Thriving Ink store on Angela Street has been a musical favorite of millions. There was absolute silence, rapt attention and even a few cheers as Judy Garland in her signature role as Dorothy from Kansas danced along the yellow-brick road on her way to the Emerald City.

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."


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Posted by Laurie K
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

This is a nastolgic experience for your family. We had drive in movies in the summer to go to as a family when I was very young.
Very nicely done Pleasanton! The sound and picture quality are incredibly good for an outdoor movie. It is such a nice experience.
Our kids will remember this forever.
Thank you!

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