Movies on Art Hill in St. Louis This Summer – TITANIC, DREAM GIRLS, TO CATCH A THIEF, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
“I’m the king of the world!”
Everyone knows that Art Hill, in front of the St. Louis Art Museum, is a great place to go sledding in the winter. But did you know it’s a great place to see movies in the summer?
Their line-up for their annual Friday night film series has been announced and it’s sure to draw thousands. This year, to tie into the museum’s Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear exhibit, the film series’ theme is ‘Best Dressed’ From the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood cinema to the elegance of modern-day movies, costumes have the power to bring a character to life or capture a moment in history. This summer we’re rolling out the red carpet in celebration of Oscar’s Best Dressed.
The We Are Movie Geeks gang always goes to these, so if you wanna hang with the cool kids, you should go too. It’s free and they set up a big screen at the bottom of the hill. There are food trucks and beer and wine for sale. You can even go dine in the museum’s restaurant before the show if you got money to burn. If you’re a museum member, you can show your membership card and get free popcorn and ice cream (I did that last year even though my card was expired!). Of course, you can bring a cooler with your own food and drinks as well. It’s a lot of fun! Bring your dog! The movies start at 9 but get there early! Thousands of people show up, especially if the weather is nice, and close parking is scarce. There’s live pre-show music and the people-watching can be entertaining.
What’s a film series without the food?
- Bring your own picnic.
- Food Truck Fest, presented by Sauce Magazine, will run from 6 to 8:30 pm in the parking lot to the west of the Louis IX statue on Art Hill. Food trucks vary each week and lines will close at 8:30 pm sharp each night. Cash, credit, and debit cards accepted. An ATM will be on Art Hill Plaza.
- The Museum’s Cafe will be open and serving casual fare including freshly prepared soups, sandwiches, and salads until 9 pm.
- Concession stands with snacks and soda will be located at the top of Art Hill. Show your Saint Louis Art Museum membership card and get a free bag of popcorn!
- Adult beverages will be available for purchase at the Panorama booth.
Bring your appetite! Before the movie starts, make sure to tap into your creative side. Each week, there will be an Art Lab for adults complete with an instructor and all the materials you need to create your own Film Series masterpiece.
Here’s the line-up for this summer and the corresponding Facebook invites:
Friday, July 14 – TITANIC (1998; 3 hours and 14 minutes)
Directed by James Cameron; Costume design by Deborah L. Scott
Starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kathy Bates
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. Academy Award Winner for Best Costume Design
Friday, July 21 – DREAMGIRLS (2006; 2 hours and 10 minutes)
Directed by Bill Condon; Costume design by Sharen Davis
Starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, and Jamie Foxx
A young female singing trio get their big break in the early 60’s, and face their own personal struggles along the way. Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume Design
Friday, July 28 – TO CATCH A THIEF (1955; 1 hour and 46 minutes)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Costume design by Edith Head
Starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must unmask the real thief in order to prove his innocence. Academy Award Nominee for Best Costume Design, Color
Friday, August 4 – THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006; 1 hour and 49 minutes)
Directed by David Frankel; Costume design by Patricia Field
Starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt
A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine. Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume Design