ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It was a picturesque Friday in St. Louis, and thousands filled Forest Park to enjoy all it has to offer.
Hundreds laid out picnic blankets on Art Hill, eyes glued to the romance and drama of “West Side Story” as it flickered on the big projector screen. The movie is part of the Art Museum’s Outdoor Film Series; just one of the many reasons folks flock to Forest Park in the summer.
Danielle Coffyn came to Art Hill with family, friends, and an outdoor feast: “We were really excited, all of the movies were movies that are my favorites, so we thought it would be fun to let some of our friends know and bring a picnic.”
For those who didn’t bring their own, just up the hill, half a dozen food trucks fed hungry movie-goers. Slice of the Hill food truck owner Brad Lorenz says it’s their first time selling pizza on Art Hill: “The best part of it is that you get to go to a new place every day, you get to meet new people. Art Hill is a landmark in St. Louis and it’s a great series they put on here.”
This time of year should be the dog days of summer, but many are happy it’s not so sweltering, including Robin Lahay and her husband. They drove from Washington, Missouri for dinner at the Boathouse, and a show at the Muny. She says, “Sometimes you don’t want to drive in, but it’s a great night, and the weather is part of it. Usually in July you don’t want to be at the Muny, it’s too hot. But it’s been awesome.”
Whether it’s the enjoying the Muny, an outdoor film, paddleboats or just enjoying the sunset, Coffyn feels fortunate to have Forest Park.
Coffyn says, “On the way here we were just talking about how lucky we feel to live in St. Louis, because there are so many opportunities to do free things. You have the Muny, and you can get seats in the back for free, you have concert series, the film series, so we feel blessed to live in a town that has so many opportunities to enjoy the summer.”
After Friday night’s movie, there are two left. The Princess Bride and Roman Holiday will be shown the next two Fridays and 9pm. The Muny’s summer series runs until August 11th.