There’s no place like home!
On Sunday, Dec. 21, it was announced a $20 million Wizard of Oz themed casino will be built in the upstate New York hometown of ‘Oz’ author L. Frank Baum.
Ray Halbritter, the chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, revealed the casino is set to open in Spring 2015 in Chittenango, N.Y., and will be financed by the Oneida Indian Nation.
In 1970, two businessmen similarly opened a ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed amusement park — complete with a winding, yellow brick road! — in Beech Mountain, N.C., but the venue later closed due to a fire.
In 1989, the classic 1939 film — which famously starred Judy Garland, Frank Morgan and Bert Lahr, among others — solidified its place in American movie history when it was inducted into the ‘National Film Registry.’
The Associated Press first reported this news.