‘Wizard of Oz’ in Pomona

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On Sunday the Fox Theater in Pomona will screen its first English-language movie in what’s believed to be more than 30 years: “The Wizard of Oz.” Tickets are a mere $2 for adults and $1 for children. The screening is at 2 p.m. but if you get there earlier (doors open at 12:30 p.m.), you can get a tour.

I used to watch “Oz” on CBS back in the ’70s when it was a Halloween perennial. Scared the heck out of me, especially the first time, but in a good way — right winning out in the end and all. But man, that giant floating wizard head with the smoke and booming voice, the Wicked Witch, the flying monkeys, the three friends donning furry guard hats and uniforms to enter the castle to rescue Dorothy…whew.

I’ve seen “Oz” once or maybe twice since then in theaters at one re-release or another, where the B&W sequences were restored to the original sepia, if memory serves. It was still great.

Any memories of “Oz” you’d like to share?

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