15 August 1939


The Wizard of Oz is first shown at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.

The Wizard of Oz is the most popular American Comedy-Drama fantasy film. It was based on 1900 novel, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. On August 15, 1939, it was the film’s Hollywood premier which was held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. It was followed by New York City premiere, held at Loew’s Capitol Theater on August 17, 1939. A live performance was also performed by Judy Garl and Mickey Rooney. Both stars continued to perform after each screening for a week. The movie has officially opened nationally on August 25, 1939.