The Wizard is coming to Bonnie Kate

John Thompson • Updated Mar 13, 2018 at 9:36 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Green is the color of the day on Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day. Along with the green ties and green sweaters, how about a green movie?

There have been several movies that have included the color green as part of the theme. There was “The Green Mile” and “How Green was My Valley.” Although it did not have any green in its title, “The Wizard of Oz” had lots of green.

The Wizard was chosen for a special showing on St. Patrick’s Day at the Bonnie Kate this Saturday. The movie may not be about the Emerald Isle, but it does have the Emerald City. It has Munchkins instead of Leprechauns, but it will still be fun to watch.

Just in case there is not enough green in the movie, patrons area being asked to dress in green or wear an appropriate costume. Where did I put that lion suit?

In addition to dressing up for the movie, patrons will also be encouraged to sing and dance along to the movie that many know by heart.

“The Wizard of Oz was a popular move when it came out tin the late 1930s and early 1940s, but that does not explain the love it gets from the Baby Boomers, who remember its once-a-year showing on television. Those showings were always an event, as youngsters struggled each year to overcome their fright as Dorothy was being held in the Wicked Witch of the West’s castle.

But while “The Wizard of Oz” is a familiar movie for baby boomers, most of the members of the generation have never seen it on anything but a television screen. That will be remedied Saturday. The Bonnie Kate does not yet have a great big screen, but it does have a 12-foot-by-20-foot screen to provide a new perspective on the classic.

Showings will be at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The cost? You are just asked to “donate some green.”

All proceeds will be going to help the Bonnie Kate get a new and much needed new roof. That is the biggest cost left for the East Tennessee Foundation to pay in its efforts to restore the Bonnie Kate. Once the roof is fixed, all the other, smaller projects can be accomplished without worrying about water getting on the fresh paint.

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