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Film Picks: ‘Wizard of Oz’ on the big screen at The Colony

“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” stars Ray Bolger as The Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as The Cowardly Lion, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as The Tinman.
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” stars Ray Bolger as The Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as The Cowardly Lion, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as The Tinman. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Largely because it was an annual tradition on television for several decades, Victor Fleming’s 1939 musical fantasy “The Wizard of Oz” is ranked as the most-seen movie in the history of motion pictures. But many people, especially younger generations, have never seen it on the big screen. Local filmgoers will get their chance on Wednesday when the Colony Theater in Raleigh features the film as part of their Golden Age series.

Based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the family favorite stars Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as The Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as The Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as The Tinman and Frank Morgan in the title role. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

Other highlights

  • Friday night at The Cary Theater in downtown Cary, James Vanderbilt’s “Truth” (2015), starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, screens at 7, followed by Davis Guggenheim’s 2015 documentary “He Named Me Malala,” about Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, at 9:30. Sunday, The Cary concludes their run of Orson Welles films with Welles’ 1973 documentary “F For Fake” at 2 p.m. There will be encore screenings of “Truth” on Thursday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 to each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
  • Also Friday evening in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasm film series presents a double feature dubbed “Dude, Did You Hear Those Footsteps?” consisting of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 comedy classic “Ghostbusters,” starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis; and Neil Jordan’s 1988 comic fantasy “High Spirits,” starring Peter O’Toole, Daryl Hannah and Steve Guttenberg. The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
  • Tuesday night in Durham, Duke University’s Screen/Society hosts a special event: Rachel Eskin Fisher and Rachel Nierenberg Pasternak’s 2013 documentary “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Screen/Society’s New Turkish Cinema series shows Emin Alper’s 2012 drama “Beyond the Hill” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) at 7 p.m. Both night’s events are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.
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