Munchkins from the land of Oz, standing up to 28 feet tall will tower over Fryer Park tonight, July 1, just after dark.

Munchkins from the land of Oz, standing up to 28 feet tall will tower over Fryer Park tonight, July 1, just after dark.

"The Wizard of Oz" is next up in the city's expanded free outdoor movie series Thursday nights on the sledding hill at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road.

In all, Grove City's parks and recreation department will show eight movies this year, double the number in 2009. Admission is free and seating is on a bring-your-own blanket or lawn chair for the hill that acts as impromptu amphitheater.

Shows in the Fryer Flicks on the Hill series will begin between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Movies are projected on an inflatable screen that's 28 feet tall and 21 feet wide and tethered to the ground. Sound comes through concert-quality professional audio equipment.

"It's a great set of speakers and a high-definition screen," recreation director Ed Merritt said.

The city upgraded the screen and sound system this year, contracting with Fun Day Events of Gahanna. Fun Day also operates a concession stand with popcorn, water and ice cream. Prices start at 50 cents.

Moviegoers can bring snacks or coolers but no glass is allowed.

In 2009, the shorter series attracted 400 to 500 people per showing on nights with good weather. "We got very good feedback," Merritt said. The city also offered movies in previous years.

In 2009, the series moved among different parks for each showing. This year, the city scheduled all showings at Fryer Park. It was the best location last year, officials decided, because of its large playground, parking lot capacity and the amphitheater-like seating.

Movie selections are considered family-friendly, but they aren't all children's movies.

"We're trying to cover a broad spectrum of tastes," Merritt said.

The series began with "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and followed with "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

After tonight's "The Wizard of Oz," the remaining schedule is: July 8, "Casablanca;" July 15, "Hotel for Dogs;" July 22, "Beverly Hills Cop" (edited); July 29, "Charlotte's Web;" and ending Aug. 5, "Rudy."

In case of bad weather, call 277-3060 or check Grove City's Twitter account for cancellation information.

The city's Twitter address is http://twitter.com/GroveCityOhio.

For more information, call the parks and recreation office at 277-3050.