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Outdoor movies return to Fort Myers this month.

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If you have been around long enough, you will fondly remember the excitement of a family trip to the local drive-in movie. It doesn’t matter that mom and dad took you there to save a few dollars, nothing can take away the fond memory of watching a movie in your own little portable movie theater (the family station wagon)and listening to the sound through a tinny little speaker hanging from the window!

It's only fitting, therefore, that outside family movies should still be a part of Fort Myers' early spring where every evening is perfumed and every sky star- covered. Every month for the next three months, the Alliance for the Arts will host a family movie you can watch and enjoy, not from the comfort of your car, but from the comfort of their lawn on the corner of McGregor and Colonial.

The first outdoor family movie this spring is the universal favorite – the Wizard of Oz. This is a perfect outdoor movie where you and the kids can imagine yourselves following the yellow brick road on the path to the Emerald city while sitting outdoors on a balmy evening in the dark.

Movie time will be promptly at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014. Bring blankets, bring coolers, bring beach chairs. No high concession prices, and the show and parking are completely free. The Alliance just asks for a small donation ($5 per family is suggested) but nobody is really watching , so give what you can.

On the odd chance that one of you may have spent the last 80 years living under a rock, the Alliance offers this brief story line:

“Kansas girl Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, are whisked by a tornado into the magical land of Oz in this much loved musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel. Dorothy joins the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion on an adventure down the Yellow Brick Road to persuade the Wizard to help her find her way home. “

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