By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A free screening of the film classic, “The Wizard of Oz” will take place in Colonel Marcus Park in Gravesend this Sunday, June 29, thanks to council members David Greenfield and Mark Treyger, who are jointly presenting the movie showing.
The screening will begin at 8:30 p.m. in the park, located at Avenue P and East 5th Street. Residents are invited to bring chairs and blankets to sit on.
Greenfield, who has sponsored free movie events in other parks during previous summers, said he is looking forward to Sunday. “I am excited to bring our annual Family Movie in the Park to the Midwood and Gravesend neighborhoods this Sunday. I look forward to seeing many families and children at this event,” Greenfield said.
"This is a great chance for residents to come together and enjoy a classic film in a great setting at Colonel Marcus Park. My thanks to the New York City Parks Department and Council Member Greenfield for their help organizing this free event right in our neighborhood. The entire community is invited, so please spread the word and bring your family, friends, and neighbors with you on Sunday," Treyger said.
Released in 1939, “The Wizard of Oz,” tells the tale of Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl, whose farmhouse is swept into a tornado and lands in the magical Land of Oz. She sets out on a mission to return home to Kansas with the help of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. But when Dorothy’s house lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, her evil sister, the Wicked Witch of the West, schemes to thwart Dorothy’s plans and avenge her sister’s death.
Starring Judy Garland, “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the most beloved films in American pop culture. In 1956, it began airing annually on television, reintroducing the musical to a new generation and cementing its status as one of the most famous films ever made. It earned six Academy Award nominations, including one for best song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
“The Wizard of Oz” will be shown in the large asphalt area at Colonel Marcus Park. For more information, call Greenfield’s office at 718-853-2704 or Treyger's office at 718-307-7151.