Film: The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, May 17

Long before man-eating sharks, a galaxy far far away or "unsinkable" ocean liners, before stunning special effects and big-budget blockbusters, movie audiences were awed by the transformation of a boring black-and-white Kansas farm into the wonderful world of Oz. The 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz is screened by Tampa Theatre this weekend as part of its traveling outdoor Sunset Cinema Series. Pack a picnic dinner and settle in for a pre-show of animated and live-action short films by the Tampa Film Review and students of Tampa Theatre's "Let's Make Movies Digital Filmmaking Summer Camp." Or pack a Frisbee for the event's designated Frisbee zones. Tampa Theatre offers concessions and souvenirs; proceeds support its year-round artistic and educational programming. Sat., May 17, gates at 6 p.m., movie at 8:15 p.m., Contanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 St. Pete Times Forum Drive, Tampa, free, tampatheatre.org.

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