Fairpark film series heads off to see ‘The Wizard’

TUPELO – The Yellow Brick Road will lead to Fairpark in downtown Tupelo this week.
The Tupelo Film Commission and Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association will sponsor a free screening Thursday of “The Wizard of Oz” in front of City Hall.
“We’ll start at around 8 o’clock,” said Pat Rasberry, film commissioner. “We have to let it get a little dark.”
“The Wizard of Oz” will be the first of three movies screened at Fairpark.
On Aug. 26, the movie will be “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but not the version starring Harrison Ford. In the 1980s, three Mississippi students, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolis, made a shot-for-shot remake of the film.
The final screening will be “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Sept. 16. This year is the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
“It’s a great way to promote the anniversary,” Rasberry said, “and screen a classic movie.”
Soft drinks and popcorn will be available. Families and film fans are invited to bring picnics and coolers, as well as lawn chairs and blankets.

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