Some go to the movies for entertainment. Others go to examine art played out on film.
Regardless, the movies are an escape. They provide an avenue to break away from the real world for those brief hours and spend time with some truly interesting characters.
There have been few more pressing times to do so than the 1930s, namely 1939.
Shrouded in the Great Depression for nearly a decade, the final year of the '30s was also the start of the second World War.
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Hollywood didn't leave the nation hanging, however, and 1939 was considered one of the best years in movie history, producing films such as Gone with the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Wuthering Heights and many others.
Preeminent among the year's releases was The Wizard of Oz, a fantasy film that has remained a pop culture icon for nearly eight decades.
The latter will be shown as the fourth installment of the Kentucky Theater's Summer Classics series Wednesday.
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
It's a quote that's synonymous with The Wizard of Oz and has almost become more recognizable than the film itself.
Even those who haven't seen Dorothy and company reach the end of the yellow brick road recognize where the quote originates.
The Wizard of Oz is the reason we know there's no place like home, the reason we always check for the man behind the curtain, and the reason we know the correct way to kill a witch.
If nothing else, though, the film creates an opportunity for audiences of all ages to relive their childhoods. And that just doesn't happen with very many things.
Continuous references to home, faith and family reflect a nation in economic and financial despair.
The resolution of the film comes when Dorothy realizes, "my heart's desire is in my own back yard," which is an attempt to demonstrate America's final hope existing within the home.
The film begins in the stark, drab Kansas frontier and positions the Emerald City as a beacon of splendor and something to attain.
But we soon find out that when the unattainable becomes attainable, it's often too good to be true.
It's human nature to attempt to make ourselves happier and continuously search for something better.
Thus, the film is also plays as a cautionary tale about the illusory nature of the proverbial "bigger and better." Always be checking for the man behind the curtain.