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Summer Fun Guide: Summer movies are more fun outdoors

May 19, 2013


May 19--Act 2 in the heartwarming story of Frontyard Features is a lot like the first: A hometown fan steps to the plate to promote his favorite pastime in the city he loves. In this case, the pastime is movies, and the new guy in charge of the outdoor-screening company is Austin Roberds.

Earlier this year, Roberds bought FYF from its founder, Martin Casas. Like Casas, Roberds has a background in community development -- he spent six years on the board of the Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association -- and a love for movies.

"The Oscars are my Super Bowl," he says.

Frontyard Features spreads the love of movies to neighborhoods on both sides of the river. Community organizers pick the flicks that are good for their locales, and Roberds projects them outdoors on an inflatable, theater-size screen.

"Comedies are funnier and horror movies are scarier when we watch them together under the stars," says Roberds, whose day job is in financial services.

Roberds say he has screenings scheduled for most weekends through September, but there's still time for community groups to jump on the big-screen bandwagon.

What Frontyard Features --More info


Drive-in theaters

The U.S. has more than 300 drive-in theaters, including many within a short drive of St. Louis: the Skyview in Belleville and Litchfield, Ill.; the Route 66 in Springfield, Ill.; the Starlite near Potosi, Mo.; and the 19 in Cuba, Mo. More info

St. Louis Art Museum's Outdoor Film Series

The outdoor movie series returns to Art Hill. When "Casablanca" (July 5), "West Side Story" (July 12), "The Princess Bride" (July 19) and "Roman Holiday" (July 26)films start at 9 p.m.; music and food at 7 p.m. --Where Art Hill, Forest Park --More info

Reel Late at the Tivoli

The midnight-movie series heats up in the summer. When "2001: A Space Odyssey" (May 24-25), "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (May 31-June 1), Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" (June 7-8), "Casablanca" (June 14-15), Tim Burton's "Batman" (June 21-22) --Where Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Boulevard --More info

Webster University Film Series

A Webster University Film Series highlight in June is the annual Classic French Film Festival, sponsored by Cinema St. Louis. Thursdays through Sundays, June 13-30, there will be screenings of classic French fare, including Claude Lelouch's "A Man and a Woman" on June 14, the epic "Les Miserables" on June 22 (hosted by Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams) and Francois Truffaut's "The Story of Adele H" on June 29. More info

Wehrenberg free family-film series

The locally owned Wehrenberg chain will host free screenings of family films. When 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 5-Aug. 15 (except July 3-4) --Where Arnold, Des Peres, Galaxy, Mid-Rivers, O'Fallon (Ill.), Ronnies, St. Clair (Ill.), St. Charles and Town Square cinemas --More info


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