Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary” (Giveaway runs now through Jan 13)

Win tickets to see “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen!
In Select Cinemas Nationwide
Sun Jan 27, Tues Jan 29, Wed Jan 30

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.”

Yay! The contest is over and the winners are Craig B, Ashley #1, Destiny, Miss Bunny, Jill K, Noah, Cam and Jack. Congratulations! 

CMH continues into our 4th year of our partnership with Fathom Events – with the 1st of our 14 movie ticket giveaways for 2019, courtesy of Fathom Events! And we’re happy to say that we’re kicking off with a classic among classics!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Wizard of Oz (80th Anniversary) – starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton — the way it was meant to be seen – on the Big Screen!

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Sunday, January 13 at 12noon EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, January 14, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

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The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special three-day-only event on Sunday, January 27, Tuesday, January 29, and Wednesday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m local time (sometimes 5:oo p.m. depending on day and theater). Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend. (please note that there might be slightly different theater listings and/or screening times for each date)

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Sunday, January 13 at 12noon EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

What is it about “The Wizard of Oz” that makes it a classic — even today, 80 years after its release? And, if you haven’t seen it, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:
I just entered to win tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics Presents: The Wizard of Oz (80th Anniversary)” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #EnterToWin #CMHContest link here:

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

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About the film: A special 80th anniversary event is coming to select theaters. In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land “somewhere over the rainbow.” Dorothy’s dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto, and her family’s house are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world unlike anything she has seen before. Unfortunately, she makes a mortal enemy of a wicked witch when the house falls on the hag’s sister. Now, befriended by a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion–and protected by a pair of enchanted ruby slippers–Dorothy sets off along a yellow brick road for the Emerald City to beseech the all-powerful Wizard of Oz for his help to return home. Fans young and old won’t want to miss this special showing! This beloved classic includes special insight from Turner Classic Movies.

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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50 Responses to Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary” (Giveaway runs now through Jan 13)

  1. M.T. Fisher says:

    So many facets of the film make it a classic. The songs, Judy Garland, the supporting cast, the magic of filmdom, and the classic battle between good and evil to name but a few. More than anything, it’s simply the fact that we remember watching this as children, and this film is a tie-in to our childhood, therefore it ensures us that for 10 minutes, we’re still children, at least at heart. I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  2. debbie says:

    The Wizard Of Oz is a classic for 80 years because it’s so special and it’s a part of everyone’s family tradition of gathering around and watching it as a family. It’s been passed down through generations of families watching this amazing movie.

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  3. Rebecca H says:

    It would mean everything to me to win tickets!!! Judy has been my everything since the first time I watched the Wizard of Oz when I was 4 years old. This will be my first time seeing Judy on the big screen and I know I will cry. Over the Rainbow is so symbolic of the struggles in life. When Judy sings it, it takes your cares away and makes you hopeful that one day you’ll find peace. Thank you :]

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      I’ve been watching it since I was a kid too… such a classic! Thank you so much for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  4. Tatiana Bustamante says:

    What makes it a classic is the story of the characters. We can relate to them. Tin man wishes for a heart but throughout the movie, but all along his journey he has heart in the way he cares for others. The scarecrow wishes for brains but he comes up with the best plans. I could go on and I’m sure others would agree taking that journey with Dorothy changes your perspective on life. From children of 3 to adults at 70 The Wizard of Oz is an amazing film that we all love.

  5. Bianca B. says:

    The music, costumes, set designs, and acting is why The Wizard of Oz is considered a classic almost 80 years in. The movie’s viewing pleasure has been passed down from generation to generation to keep its beloved story alive and well. I’m a grown woman now and yet I revert back to my childhood days when I watch this wonderful masterpiece every time. It would be great to see the film in theaters if I won. Thanks, MGM for releasing a timeless classic!

    Twitter: @melodyfayre

  6. raychg says:

    Wizard of Oz is a classic because it has lasted through generations. I need to see it on the big screen because THAT is indeed the way movies were meant to be seen. Would love to see it the way it was originally intended.

  7. Craig Buehler says:

    Somewhere over the rainbow – most classic movie song ever!

  8. Tim says:

    I grew up watching this film on vhs and in tv when it aired. It’s a classic as it was so groundbreaking in terms of a big budget fairy tale. I’ve never seen it in the big screen, but would love to and take my sons to see it!

  9. Lynne Pendleton says:

    I believe The Wizard of Oz is still a classic because of the amazing acting ability of the cast and the directors vision of how the movie should be filmed.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  10. Jlwthe2nd says:

    Love love love this movie! Every actor is stellar in their performances, the songs are so catchy, the film work beautiful. I love how it switches from black and white to color in Oz. and I love how the characters in Oz are from Dorothy’s real life. Of course I’ve seen this movie over and over again, but am so excited to see it on the big screen.

    I do not have a twitter account so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  11. Mark PAGAN says:

    Timeless themes: longing for home/family/friends, discovering inner strength, becoming a champion & championing others… All the good stuff!

  12. Roger f says:

    I don’t think I have ever seen the wizard the oz but would love a chance to see it for the first time and even better in the theater the way movies should be seen. Thank you for the opportunity. My twiter handle is: @Rogerf54229496

  13. Ashley says:

    It is an extremely unusual film, regardless of the era in which it was made. It still holds a lot value today, in that it touches on a lot of character building traits, such as friendship and bravery. I have never seen another like it, even though there was the much darker Disney sequel.

  14. Destiny Drake says:

    I think the reason, its still a classic today is because it showed people the beautifal bright colors and it shows a happy adventure. Also: I dont have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message, thank you.

  15. Matt Greenwell says:

    Judy Garland’s voice makes this movie a classic.

  16. Howard Fisher says:

    There are very few movies, in my experience, that take root in the your heart and soul and stay there for life. No matter how many times you have seen it. No matter that you have memorized dialog and music so that there is no separation between you and the work of art you are watching. For me, “The Wizard of Oz” is one of those movies that eternally lives on in me and in all those who approach it with an open mind, heart and courage.

  17. Hannah Hormell says:

    The Wizard of Oz is a classic because it’s messages will never stop being relevant. Everyone is searching for things they believe they don’t possess, and we all fail to realize our own self worth, and don’t understand that we have these things inside us. The special effects also hold up far better than most CGI effects today, and they never fail to make us feel as though we have really been transported to another land, which makes us want to revisit the film again and again.

  18. Amy Mitchell says:

    The Wizard of Oz will always be a classic to me. I love how the film begins in black and white and changes to color in Dorothy’s dream. It’s so vibrant and magical. The costumes are so beautiful. As Dorothy travels to see Oz you feel as if you’re right there with her! All of the characters you meet along the way are silly, and it’s a pretty accurate depiction of just how crazy dreams can be. Seeing The Wizard of Oz on the big screen would be a dream come true!

  19. What about the wizard of oz makes it a classic? The music is so memorable! The dancing very enjoyable. It also fables like the cowardly lion. The story. Young girl yearns to get away from home but learns that looking for something to make your life better doesn’t work unless u look within yourself. The costumes are beautiful and speak to all ages. My very favorite movie came out during Ww2. When people needed an escape. Lovely movie that I watch numerous times. And have seen at least twice a year since a child. (I’m 63). Also use of color film….
    What can I say….

  20. Mikary says:

    You know a movie is classic when you can recite the dialogue verbatim and sing the songs, as well as make pop culture references. I have seen “The Wizard of Oz” on the Big Screen (a sing-along screening at the Kennedy Center) and have been in stage versions (as a [tall] Munchkin in 6th grade and a wicked witch [not *the* wicked witch] in 8th grade), but I’d love to see it on the Big Screen again. My birthday is this month. What a nice present tickets to one of these screenings would be! Thanks!

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  21. Gloria Elizabeth says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.
    THE WIZARD OF OZ deals in classic themes: home and the desire to both escape from and return to it; the need for friends to strengthen and defend us; the circular journey back to where we began, to know it and ourselves as enough.
    I’d like to mention an aspect of the film that, for me, adds to its classic status: the change from a grey-scale world to one of vibrant color when Dorothy and Toto land in Oz. My mother, who saw the movie as a girl in 1939, often spoke of the magic of the transition scene, when the then rare experience of a full-color movie world blossomed on the screen. I still feel that magic every time I see this movie, as I leave whatever aspects of my own grey world are troubling me and set off on a glorious adventure that opens the heart.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      it’s such a wonderful film… and I think a family tradition for so many fans… thank you so much for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  22. Liliana Maria Radwanski says:

    What makes this Endearing Film a Classic after 80 years is it takes you back to when you were a child. I know for myself, every time I watch it I am captivated. I watch those colors pop.The earlier part where Dorothy is told to make herself useful , and find somewhere to be where there wouldn’t be any trouble.

    She envisions ,”Somewhere Over the Rainbow “. A song that almost didn’t make the cut.
    A song that defined the kids left in all of us, incedentely sung by young Ingenue, Judy Garland . She won the role over Shirley Temple.

    Dorothy landed courtesy of Tornado to the Wonderful Land of Oz. We go from Black and White to Glorious Color. The cast was spectacular.
    My Favorite parts where they skipped down the yellow brick road,and where Dorothy clicks her heels after tearfully saying goodbye to all. Her BFF was The scarecrow who she’d miss most of all.

    Glinda the good witch advised she had the power all along. And she found not to seek anything more than the great things she had. “After all, There’s No Place Like Home”

  23. erin sullivan says:

    It’s my all time favorite movie. I know every line from The Wizard of Oz by heart. When I was a kid, my mom recorded it on tape for me so I can watch it over & over again. I have the ornament collection & a tin man coffee mug too.What makes it a classic after all of these years is the magic brought into it! It’s still there, over the rainbow. Sometimes, I’ll watch it on tv & it makes me feel like a kid all over again when I first saw The Wizard of Oz. You know what I mean?

  24. Diana says:

    I think it’s still a classic because it’s simple (especially compared to movies out now) but gives so much.

  25. Julie Moon says:

    The Wizard of Oz is a classic for both its mesmerizing effects, stellar cast and a story of home, adventure, friendship and the power of the imagination we never outgrow.

  26. Griffin Collins says:

    I think what makes it so endearing is the story. A fairytale or wanting to get away to a better place. Going on an adventure you can only dream of. Meeting unlikely friends along the way. It’s a classic!

  27. Mark D says:

    The film is way beyond its time, I’ve only ever seen it on a small screen, it would be an experience to see it on the big screen.

  28. Sheri McCoy says:

    There is something magical about this film that is ageless. It’s about Hope courage and sticking to your belief in yourself. The music is unforgettable and positive. I could go on and on about some deep theory on why we all love this but I think it’s simply that the characters are charming and likable, the music is great, the singing and acting is wonderful and you just feel good when you watch it. What’s not to love?!

  29. Heather Burelle says:

    The characters and the story make it a classic. It can be enjoyed by children and adults.

  30. I have watched The Wizard Of Oz long ago…It’s such a wonderful classic that never gets old. Even though after 80 years of its release, kids still watch and enjoy this lovable classic movie. This movie is fun, whimsical and magical…The Wizard Of Oz lets the viewers put their troubles behind and race off on an adventure with Dorothy. Who wouldn’t want to do that? It’s a great classic movie, and it would be a privilege to see it on the big screen.

  31. Chrissy N says:

    A classic film has passed the test of time and encompasses a good storytelling and visual effects, thus, I consider The Wizard of Oz a CLASSIC

  32. The Wizard of Oz is still a classic 80 years later because it’s a great story, has an amazing cast, and with the color adds a sense of familiarity even though it was shot a long time ago.

  33. Noah R says:

    I think the characters are what makes The Wizard of Oz a classic- from Dorothy to the Wizard to the Wicked Witch of the West. You can’t forget those ruby red slippers though!

  34. Laurie says:

    The Wizard of Oz is THE CLASSIC among classics! Only the best movie ever made! Every time I see one of the stars in another movie I think to myself ‘There’s Ray Bolger, the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz’ ‘There’s Bert Lahr, the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz’ There’s Frank Morgan, the Wizard in the ….you get the picture. I base everything on the Wizard of Oz, the standard among standards. I love the message of the love of family and home, and the characters are so memorable. I think the actors were all perfect in their roles, the music spectacular, the colors so vibrant, the story amazing. This is why it remains a classic 70 years later. Its perfection is timeless.

  35. Jerry Stewart says:

    There are many aspects that make this a classic. The special effects for this time period were amazing. Could you imagine what it must have been like sitting in theater and having a black and white movie suddenly turn to color. I would have loved to be there to see the crowds reaction. This movie is timeless and keeps getting introduces to new generations.

  36. Christian Alec Ramos says:

    The Wizard of Oz is a classic 80 years later because of its overall timelessness. Young and young at heart as it says in the introduction, can still enjoy the magic of the film and have a life changing experience. I have seen it once before on the big screen and it is a treat and a moving theatergoing experience!

  37. The movie is a classic for some many reasons, but I think the main reason is most people can identify with Dorothy’s character, being ignored, wanting something exciting to happen, but when it does, it’s not exactly what she wants or expected. As a kid I grew up watching every year on TV for about a decade. The movie is also a beautiful example of the studio system at its height. Just an amazing production.

  38. cam miller says:

    As a wee lad, my mother introduced this classic to me and I immediately wanted to know the timeless movie-lovers question: “How did they do that?”
    The grandiose, the spectacle, the music, and most importantly, the story stands the test of time.

  39. M.C. Hrabík says:

    The Wizard of Oz is a rarity in that it hasn’t lost a touch of its magic or charm since it was released in 1939. The film is always a sheer joy to watch, both as a child and as an adult, no matter the generation — there’s something essentially timeless and transcendent about it. Like many other commenters have said, this movie was a constant of my childhood: I would sit very close to the TV, absolutely transfixed by the film’s brilliant color and delightful fantasy, to the point where I felt like I was there in Oz in Dorothy. Watching the film as an adult, the sheer pleasure of it is just as wondrous, but I now have a much greater appreciate for the internal struggles of the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man. Who hasn’t felt deficient at some point in their adult lives?

    Anyway, I would love to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen, to again feel swept up in the wonderful world of Oz.

    Thank you 🙂

  40. Jack says:

    The Wizard of Oz is the perfect story of the heroic journey, something everyone would like to emulate– being in a strange place, facing adversity, finding allies, and winning the good fight. Its message is both simple and heartwarming: a desire to get home to the safety and love of one’s family. On a personal note, the once a year showing of The Wizard of Oz on network TV was a wonderful time for my parents, brother, and me, when we would sit together and watch this timeless classic.

  41. Michelle Williams says:

    I believe it’s a classic because not only is it for children but it has a message that adults can receive as well and probably should. It has all the elements incorporated into it as well from the classic Black& White to Technicolor and, song and dance. You are able to take a journey Over The Rainbow and get away from the hum drum of daily life and begin to realize what’s truly important again. Judy Garland portrays Dorothy perfectly and we see the yearning she has to want to help and be with her family. Judy is my all time favorite actress and to be able to see this film on the big screen would be a dream!

  42. Ashley says:

    It simply stands the test of time. Despite the “ancient” technology, the film is still just as good today as it was decades ago. The songs, the story, the lessons are all just as relevant today as they were then. It’s wholesome entertainment that makes us all feel something in our core.

  43. Craig Zablo says:

    “The Wizard of Oz” remains a classic because of the movie is so well done, appeals to fans of every genre and anmessage that resonates. Every once in a while lighting strikes and a movie is perfectly written, directed and cast. “The Wizard Of Oz” is such one. It appeals to so many movie fans because it seemlessly blends comedy, horror, drama and memorable music/songs so there is something for everyone. Finally the theme of “Thete’s mo place like home” is something we all relate or aspire to.

  44. Maryann diglio says:

    I love the wizard of oz because of its innocence and message of love and family. Dorothy reminds us to be true to yourself. She is brave and never gives into the evil that infultrates her life. The movie is a classic because the acting is impeccable no one can replace Judy garland as Dorothy or Margaret Hamilton as the wicked witch. The story is timeless and the quality of the production is first rate. The story is timeless because there will always be phonies passing through our lives, but that does not have to break us.

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