Founders Park

Movies at Founders Park
Movie Lineup
All movies are G, PG, or PG-13. 

July 10 – Despicable Me  PG
     Sponsored by Stand Against Human Trafficking
July 11 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  PG-13

July 17 – Boxtrolls  PG
July 18 – School of Rock  PG-13
  
July 24 – Ghostbusters  PG
July 25 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s  G
 
July 31 – The LEGO Movie  PG
August 1 – National Treasure PG
 
August 7 – Frozen  PG
August 8 – Divergent  PG-13
 
August 14 – Cars  G
     Special “drive-in” movie screening during the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival at the Springfield Expo Center East Field)

August 15 – The Blind Side  PG-13
 
August 21 – Big Hero 6  PG
August 22 – Guardians of the Galaxy  PG-13
 
August 28 – The Incredibles  PG
August 29 – Raiders of the Lost Ark  PG

Quick Facts
Dates: Fridays & Saturdays, July 10 - August 29
 
Time: Movies begin at dusk 

Cost: FREE with advance ticket or family 4-Packs. Tickets are available at the following locations, each Monday prior to that weekend's movie:
  • Chesterfield Family Center, 2511 W. Republic Road
  • Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road
  • Doling Family Center, 301 E. Talmage Street
  • Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway
  • Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville Avenue
  • Mediacom Communications, 1533 S. Enterprise Avenue
Admission without a free ticket is $5; children 5 years of age and under are always free.

Parking: FREE public parking at adjacent surface lots and nearby parking garage. View the online parking map.
 
Bring: Lawn chairs or blankets.

Concessions: Available

No alcohol, no pets, no tobacco allowed.
 
Handbill 
 
About: Outdoor Movies are a contemporary version of the drive-in theatre at a park on Springfield's founding site. Enjoy some of today's recent releases and classic movies. It's a wonderful way for the family to enjoy summer nights.
Design & Features
The design theme of the park resembles local historic Phenix Quarry, near Willard, Missouri, a stone quarry that used steam operated saws to cut large blocks of limestone for shipment throughout the country. The Great Seal of the State of Missouri was carved on site at Phenix Quarry. There are 5 major areas within the park's boundaries:
  • A 250-seat amphitheater with a 18 by 30-foot stage, wired for sound and light equipment
  • A re-creation of the original spring used by our founders near the site of the park
  • An upland woods area depicting the natural hardwood forest which once existed on the site including a 10 by 120-foot historical mural covering the first 100 years of Springfield's citizens, buildings and local historical events
  • A historical timeline that describes the growth of Springfield during the first 100 years and how national and international events played a part in the city's development
  • An area for native prairie grasses which existed on the nearby Kickapoo Prairie
Location
The park is lit by a combination of area lighting and Victorian-style pedestrian fixtures. An ornamental seven-foot high steel picket fence provides security for the park.

All of this is located on a 0.7-acre site at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Water Street (330 E. Water Street). The site is in the area of the original tree blaze made by John Polk Campbell in 1829, where the development of Springfield began. The site has previously served as the location for a stone quarry, a blacksmith shop, the Herman-Sanford Horse Collar Factory, the Silsby Stove and Hardware Company, a lumberyard, and a railroad right of way.