"The power of costumes" is the theme this summer for the Saint Louis Art Museum's Art Hill Film Series in Forest Park. Films include "Titanic," "Dream Girls," "To Catch A Thief" and "The Devil Wears Prada." Food trucks begin serving at 6 p.m. Movies start at 9 p.m.
Animals, singing, campfires and movies are all part of Big Joel's Safari Campfire Sing Along & Movie Nights. Families are invited to join all the fun June 10, June 24, July 8 and July 22. Movie titles and more dates will be announced throughout the season. Admission is $10 per person.
Movie Mondays at the Ballpark
Photo-ops, concessions, the opportunity for a free bag of popcorn and classic movies are offered Mondays throughout the summer at Ballpark Village's Prairie Farms Movie Night next to Busch Stadium. Family-friendly movies like "Moana," "SING" and "Jungle Book" are sure to please. Pre-movie activities start at 6 p.m.; movies start at 7 p.m.
Movies under the stars
For family favorites catch Movie Night at Robert E. Glazebrook Community Park in Godfrey, Illinois. Movies play the second Friday of June, July and August. See "Finding Dory" during Outdoor Summer Music and Movies at Dardenne Prairie City Hall Park July 15. St. Charles County Community College will host outdoor movies on the blue lot at Food Truck Frolic events. Movies begin at twilight.
Little ones will enjoy a dusk showing of Disney's "Moana" June 8 and "Secret Life of Pets" June 29 at the free Movies Under the Stars at Chesterfield Amphitheater. End a great summer day with a free showing of "The Princess Bride" at Schroeder Park in Manchester Thursday, Aug. 3. Schroeder Park will also host "SING" June 9 and "Finding Dory" July 21.
When two of the kids want to go to the pool and the third one has his heart set on watching a movie, treat them all to a dive-in movie. At dive-in events, families can float on a tube or relax poolside while watching their favorite movies. Admission to most dive-ins is free for pool members and included with pool admission for nonmembers.
Share a splashtastic evening with your little fishies at "Finding Dory" at The Lodge Des Peres at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15 or at Dive & Jive at Manchester Aquatic Center Friday, July 21.
The Pavilion at Lemay will feature a dive-in movie July 28. Admission at The Pavilion at Lemay pool is $5 for adults and $4 for children.
For the quintessential summertime movie experience, nothing beats a good old-fashioned drive-in. Skyview Drive-In, located in Belleville, Illinois, has been bringing the magic of drive-in movies to local audiences since 1949. The theater is typically only open weekends early in the season and then open seven days a week throughout the summer. Skyview offers first-run features like "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" and more. Admission is $11 per adult (cash only). Movies are offered as double features, and with every paid adult admission, two kids (12 and under) are admitted free, making the drive-in a great value families. Visit skyview-drive-in.com for information about the logistics of visiting the drive-in and a complete listing of upcoming movies.
A temporary drive-in has also popped up in St. Peters. I-70 Drive-In, located on the parking lot of the I-70 Shoppers Fair in St. Peters, will show movies on an inflatable screen select weekends this summer beginning July 15. Tickets are $20 per carload or $8 for ages 13 and up, $4 for children 12 and under, and free for children 3 and under. As with a traditional drive-in, audio is transmitted via an FM station on car radios. Visit the I-70 Drive-In website for a complete list of rules and a movie schedule, when it becomes available.
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Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.