Center City Saturday goes ‘Over the Rainbow’ with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at The Gillioz

1 - March 15, 2010 - 0 Comments

Come to the historic Gillioz Theatre during Center City Saturday, 1-5 p.m. March 20, for a special matinee of The Wizard of Oz. Tickets are only $5 and the matinee begins at 2 p.m. Relive this classic film starring Judy Garland on the big screen while enjoying the unique ambience of the historic Gillioz Theatre. And while you’re there, don’t miss The Gillioz’s ongoing display of works by Artist Sierra Pace.

Based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel, The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and has come to be one of the world’s best known films. At the Gillioz, audiences will see this timeless celebration of the filmmaker’s art as it was meant to be seen: in grand movie palace style. View the March 2010 Center City Saturday E-newsletter

Other highlights of the March 20 Center City Saturday include:

  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road. Fans of The Wizard of Oz can find a wide variety Totoof fun items related to the film at Ampersand, 310 S. Campbell, next door to Springfield Hot Glass Studio. From T-shirts warning “Don’t mess with Toto!” to Tin Man doorstops, collectible figurines, mini tins, magnetic signs, snow globes and even a collector set of eight Wizard of Oz character Pez dispensers, Ampersand is a delightful stop on the Yellow Brick Road.
  • Easter ornaments. Welcome spring at Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, where Artist Jesse Cox will be hand painting personalized Easter ornaments. Get your own Easter ornament, and enjoy art by March Featured Artists Elaine Pawlowicz and Eric Vaughn.
  • New Archaeological Exhibit. Stop by the MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., for Jordan Through the Ages: An Archaeological Exhibit. This unique show, presented by the MSU History Department, highlights the on-going excavations at Tall Hisban, a medieval Islamic castle site with a Biblical past, and the Northern Jordan Project, an archaeo-environmental project in the northern hill country.
  • Win a free print. Visit Fresh Gallery, located at the corner of Campbell and Walnut, and enter your name in the free raffle by March Featured Artist Clarissa French for the matted 11×14 print of your choice. Enjoy French’s photography and digital photo creations, as well as beautifully painted scenes by March Featured Artist Joy Hyde and two- and three-dimensional works by 20 other regional artists.
  • Art and a discount. Visit Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., for outstanding works of art by award-winning artist Charli Stout, ranging from landscapes to modern design, plus 20 percent off any purchase of $5 or more.
  • Art comes to life. See live demonstrations by master glass artists at Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave. A working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work, Springfield Hot Glass offers beautiful and utilitarian glassware, objets d’art, glass beads and jewelry.
  • Create your own mini Art Walk. Pick up a Gallery Guide Brochure to enjoy your own Mini Art Walk with family and friends. In addition to the displays above, ongoing shows for Center City Saturday include Aux Arcs: The Photography of Carl James at Global Fayre, 324 S. Campbell; New Work by Painter Dave Bennett at Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St.; Artist Steve Willis at Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps; and Mosaic Perspective: An Eclectic Art Exhibit by Area University MBA Students at Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St.

Center City Saturday is a collaborative downtown happening presented 1-5 p.m. the third Saturday of each month by members of First Friday Art Walk and the Downtown Springfield Association.
Designed as a casual, family-friendly daytime event, Center City Saturday strives to introduce visitors of all ages to the art, culture, entertainment, fashion, food and fun of the Downtown Arts District.
Visitors are invited to enjoy live art demonstrations, hands-on activities, special events, shopping, dining, self-guided gallery tours and live performances in a variety of downtown venues.
For more information on First Friday Art Walk Inc., visit or check out Art Walk’s page on Facebook.
For more information on DSA and its members, visit

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