Wanna watch a movie? Head to the park

This story originally appeared on RealTime/STL.

Sure, you could go to the theater to see a movie, but what could be better than watching “Meet Me in St. Louis” in Forest Park?

Movies start at dusk and are free unless otherwise noted.

Alligator Creek Aquatic Center, O’Fallon, Mo.

Yep, it’s a “dive-in” theater. Tickets are $3.50 for children and $4.50 for adults; add another dollar if you’re not an O’Fallon resident. Movies start at 8:30 p.m.; the pool is closed for cleaning from 8 to 8:30.
June 21: “Frozen”

Ballpark Village, St. Louis

Coolers and picnic baskets aren’t allowed, but blankets and lawn chairs are. Admission $1, which officials say will be donated to a local charity. Movies start at 7 p.m.
June 30: “Weird Science”
July 28: “Back to the Future”
Aug. 25: “Teen Wolf”
Sept. 29: “A League of Their Own”

Boulevard Park, Lake St. Louis

Take your blanket or lawn chair to the amphitheater.
June 13: “Monsters University”
July 18: “Despicable Me 2″
Aug. 8: “Free Birds”

Chesterfield Amphitheater, Chesterfield

Fixed seats are available, or you can spread out a blanket on the lawn. Organizers request picnickers do not take glass bottles; the concession stand also will be open.
May 30: “Planes”
June 13: “Frozen”
July 25: “Despicable Me 2″

City Centre Amphitheater, St. Peters

Take snacks and a cooler, or stop by the concession stand. The movie will start around 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 29: “The Lego Movie”

Emmenegger Nature Park, St. Louis County

What better place to watch a nature documentary?
Aug. 14: “The Private Life of Deer,” $3. Call 314-822-5855 to register.

Forest Park, St. Louis

Head to Art Hill with your blanket or lawn chair. Arrive early for live music and food truck fare, or take your own picnic dinner; movies start at 9 p.m.
July 11: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
July 18: “Funny Face”
July 25: “Field of Dreams”
Aug. 1: “Meet Me in St. Louis”

Gateway Arch, St. Louis

That’s right, you can watch a Western under the Gateway to the West. Catch live music and food trucks starting at 7 p.m.; movies start at 9 p.m.
May 24: “Outlaw Josey Wales”
June 21: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”


May 30: “Jurassic Park” at Robert-Superior Park
June 6: “Despicable Me 2″ at Jeske Park; starts at 7:30 p.m.
June 13: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ at Nesbit-Newton Park
June 20: “The Nut Job” at Central School
June 27: “Frozen” at January-Wabash Park
July 12: “Monsters Inc.” at Guadalupe Church
July 18: “The Wizard of Oz” at Abston/Dade

Kirkwood Park, Kirkwood

Do a little star gazing with the St. Louis Astronomical Society. The program starts at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: “The Pluto Files”

Lafayette Square, St. Louis

June 28: “Iron Man”
July 26: “Ghostbusters”
Aug. 23: “Monsters Inc.”

Maryland Plaza, St. Louis

As if watching a movie fountain-side wasn’t enough, there’s also free popcorn and beer (Stella Artois is a sponsor) and a “movie menu” from Bissinger’s.
May 28: “The Princess Bride”
June 25: “Bridget Jones Diary”
July 30: “Before Sunrise”
Aug. 27: “A Fish Called Wanda”

Millar Park, University City

June 14: “Despicable Me 2″
July 12: “Life of Pi”
Aug. 9: “42″

Old Orchard Gazebo, Webster Groves

Live music precedes each movie, and starts at 7 p.m.
June 13: “Cool Hand Luke”
June 20: “Batman” (1989)
June 27: “What About Bob?”
July 11: “Yellow Submarine”
July 18: “Sharknado”
July 25: “A Christmas Story”

Renaud Spirit Center, O’Fallon, Mo.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved before the show. Call 636-474-2732.
July 24: “The Nut Job”

Schroeder Park, Manchester

The Manchester park at 359 Old Meramec Station Road has two settings for movies this summer: the amphitheater and the pool. That’s right, the pool.
June 20: “Monsters University” at the amphitheater
July 11: “Despicable Me 2″ at the Manchester Aquatic Center (free for pool pass holders)