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Art Museum's Outdoor Film Series Returns with Family Films
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 17, 2014 - Movie lovers should head to Forest Park on four Friday evenings when Art Hill transforms into the city's biggest cinema for the Saint Louis Art Museum's fifth annual Outdoor Film Series.
This year's lineup includes movies frequently requested by Film Series audience members: Funny Face on July 18, Field of Dreams on July 25 and Meet Me in St. Louis on Aug. 1.
Free parking and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and, before the films, explore the Museum's galleries or listen to live music on Art Hill Plaza.
All films are free and begin promptly at 9 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. near the St. Louis statue on top Art Hill. The entire Museum is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays, and Level 2 of the Museum will remain open until 10 p.m. on film nights.
Moviegoers also are welcome to pack their own food and picnic on Art Hill or purchase from food trucks.
The East Building, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, at the Saint Louis Art Museum, features floor-to-ceiling windows and 23 monumental panels of dark polished concrete, with highlights of Missouri river aggregates. See related story: Saint Louis Art Museum Unveils Contemporary East Building
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the leading art museums with more than 100 galleries. The building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park. Standing atop Art Hill, it is the "crown" jewel" of the 1,370-acre park. The Grand Basin is the lake at the foot of Art Hill and served as the focal point of the 1904 World's Fair.
Crusader King Louis IX in front of the Saint Louis Art Museum
The Museum's collections feature more than 30,000 art treasures from ancient times to the present. Highlights include art of the Renaissance, masterpieces of Impressionism, American European Art, Asian art, Period Rooms, the Egyptian mummy, and world-renowned collections of pre-Columbian and German Expressionist art.
The Museum provided $10 million for improvements to Art Hill and nearby areas including: reconstruction of Fine Arts Drive in the front of the Museum between the front stairway and the statue of St. Louis; the street and the area around the landmark statue is now paved with granite; construction of two curved, tree-lined walkways, or promenades, extending about 250 yards in each direction from the statue of St. Louis to the existing circular parking areas; construction of scenic overlooks near the expanded circular parking areas; landscaping of the two promenades and of the entire area with ornamental trees and decorative lighting; and new parking adjacent to the scenic overlooks.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am-9:00 pm; Closed Monday. For more information, call 314-721-0072. Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free. Admission to featured exhibitions is free on Friday.
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