*The showing on April 26th will be a typical 1939 cinema adventure; those lucky enough to attend will be treated to a prelude of live cinema organ music played by Don Feely (long time accompanist at Portland’s old Organ Grinder Restaurant). This is followed by a Warner Bros. cartoon and a Pathe newsreel, both from 1939, and then a carefully restored copy of The Wizard of Oz. The portal to 1939 is open for just a short time! This screening is Sponsored by All Classical Portland and hosted by Edmund Stone, producer/host of the popular syndicated movie music program, “The Score.”
About the film: Hopes were high at MGM when The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939. At three million dollars it was the studio’s most expensive movie. It barely made back its cost, thanks in part to that year’s phenomenal competition which included Gone With The Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In fact, it would take television re-runs for The Wizard of Oz to earn universal popularity. It’s now considered one of the top 10 films ever made.