“The Wizard of Oz” will celebrate its 75th anniversary starting Friday as the movie is re-released for one week in hundreds of IMAX theaters across the country.
It took almost 16 months with more than 1,000 people on the project, but the iconic film was converted to 3D for the special engagement, according to a Warner Bros. press release.
With this special anniversary in mind, one of the last two surviving Munchkins from the movie – Jerry Maren, 93 – was at the TCL Chinese Theater, formerly Grauman’s Chinese theater, today in Los Angeles for a hand-and-foot-print ceremony.
The theater is actually the same location of the film’s original Hollywood premier on Aug. 15, 1939.
Maren, dressed very dapper in a checkered shirt and blue sweater vest, proudly sang “The Lollipop Guild” for the crowd and even added a small dance move or two.
“We represent the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild,” he sang. “And in the name of the Lollipop Guild, we wish to welcome you to Munchkin Land!”