An audience with the great 'Oz'

Special event will screen an American classic as it was meant to be seen

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If you're scanning the newspaper looking for a movie to go to this weekend, we'd like to make a suggestion.

Karl Slover, one of the surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz, will pay a visit to Augusta on Saturday as part of a special screening of the timeless classic.  SPECIAL
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Karl Slover, one of the surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz, will pay a visit to Augusta on Saturday as part of a special screening of the timeless classic.

You won't need 3-D glasses. You won't have to worry about gratuitous sex, violence or bad language. All you have to do, really, is come downtown, sit back and enjoy one of the most enduring, endearing and entertaining films ever made.

It's The Wizard of Oz, and it's playing Saturday, July 17, at Fort Discovery's Paul Simon Theater, at Riverwalk Augusta.

Theater doors open at 1 p.m. for a 2 p.m. matinee showing, when kids 15 and younger are admitted for just $5. Otherwise, admission costs $10. The evening screening will be at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6. Admission still is $10.

You can still purchase your tickets for this at www.augustaamusements.tix.com. Parking will be available in the Fort Discovery parking deck on Seventh Street.

For the evening show, visitors even are encouraged to walk the red carpet wearing their favorite Oz attire.

Then there's a very special guest -- Karl Slover.

At age 91, Mr. Slover is in possibly the most exclusive showbiz fraternity in the world. He is one of the four surviving dwarf actors to have played a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz . He will be at the Augusta screening Saturday evening to meet all of you, and he loves sharing his experiences about the movie as much as people enjoy the movie itself.

The makers of The Wizard of Oz went to great lengths to help assure their film would be a timeless classic. For example, cast members spent weeks filming a jitterbug musical number for the movie, but the sequence was cut because producers felt the then-trendy dance would date the film.

Another song almost got cut, because MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer felt it slowed down the film's pacing. But the song stayed in. Its title: Over The Rainbow , one of the greatest cinematic songs of all time.

Odds are, you already have this film in your video collection at home. But you probably don't have theater-style seating. Or a huge movie screen. Or a room in your house that, when you turn the lights down, evokes a special movie-going experience.

Big movies such as The Wizard of Oz simply weren't made to watch on television, or a laptop monitor or, God forbid, your cell phone. They were meant for the theater -- and if you enjoy good movies and great activities to liven up downtown, you're doing yourself and your family members a pitiable disservice by missing this fun event.

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Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 07/14/10 - 09:21 pm
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Cool...

Cool...

GGpap
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GGpap 07/15/10 - 03:01 am
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Great plug for a great movie,

Great plug for a great movie, AC!

GGpap

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/15/10 - 04:03 am
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Odd piece for the editorial

Odd piece for the editorial page. It's cool that Karl Slover is here, but wouldn't this be more appropriate for the entertainment section?

story1
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story1 07/15/10 - 05:26 am
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Great article! This was one

Great article! This was one of the greatest movie of all times. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Look forward to meeting Mr. Slover.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 07/15/10 - 06:13 am
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Yes this does seem an odd

Yes this does seem an odd place for this article..........................good movie though ..

dashiel
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dashiel 07/15/10 - 08:24 am
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I doubt Mr. Simon finds

I doubt Mr. Simon finds anything wrong with the placement of this ad.

story1
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story1 07/18/10 - 07:52 am
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Very Memorable Night in

Very Memorable Night in Augusta! Thanks Augusta Amusements and keep 'em coming.

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