Outdoor movie series starts soon

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 10:59 am

Take a trip without leaving your lawn chair during Old Worthington Library's outdoor movie series with the theme, Faraway Places.

Presented in partnership with Worthington Parks & Recreation, your free furloughs will start at 9 pm at the Hartford Street athletic field. In the event of rain, movies will be held inside the library.

On July 31, get whisked away to a magical land with Kansas girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, during The Wizard of Oz. This musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's novel, which won two Academy Awards in 1940, was ranked the 10th greatest movie of all time by the American Film Institute in 2007.

Did you know that while filming "The Wizard of Oz," Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion) and Jack Haley (Tin Man) reportedly ate meals in their dressing rooms, as the makeup they wore frightened other diners in the MGM cafeteria (source: imdb.com)? Show your own costume creativity by dressing up as your favorite character from the movie. Prizes go to everyone who participates!

During An American Tail, which will be shown on August 7, the Mousekewitz's young son, Fievel, gets lost during their journey to America and faces dangers and opportunities as he searches for his family.

Released in 1986, "An American Tail" became the highest grossing non-Disney produced animated feature, and was also one of the first animated films to outdraw a Disney film, beating out "The Great Mouse Detective."

Like the screening of "The Wizard of Oz," those watching "An American Tail" will receive a prize if they attend in costume, this time dressed as mice.

Friday Night at the Movies is sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries.

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