Summer Fun Guide: Summer Movies Are More Fun Outdoors

By Williams, Joe | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 19, 2013 | Go to article overview

Summer Fun Guide: Summer Movies Are More Fun Outdoors


Williams, Joe, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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.

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What Frontyard Features * More info fyfoutdoormovies.com

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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 drive-ins. …

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