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Oscar the couch: Academy debuts new outdoor theater in Hollywood

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Jerry Maren as a Lollipop Guild Member presents Judy Garland with a gift in the 1939 film, 'The Wizard of Oz.'

Abandon sofa and grab some grass -- the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is bringing surround sound and a 40-foot screen to the great outdoors with a new open-air theater in Hollywood.

The "Oscars Outdoors" film series / screening space was unveiled Monday by Academy president Tom Sherak who said he wanted to build a drive-in theater at the location, but "this is the closest we could get."

The first feature to be featured is "Casablanca" on June 15. Films will screen every Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 18.

Admission is free for kids under 10-years-old. General admission is $5, and admission for students and Academy members is $3. All screenings are scheduled to begin at sunset. Tickets for June films go on sale 6/1/12.

Check the official site for schedule updates: