The weather is cooling, and that means it’s time to take your movie-watching outdoors.
Words by Erin McWilliams
Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) has partnered with Alamo Drafthouse to put on free, outdoor movies within the local community. They created the Community Cinema at Community First! Village on Hog Eye Road, aimed at supporting Austin’s homeless population, but open to the public for film viewing.
Community First! Village is a 27-acre community of permanent housing for Austin’s men and women coming out of chronic homelessness founded by Mobile Loaves & Fishes. As part of fostering a sense of community, MLF puts on free movies in the Community Cinema, open to anyone. Throughout the month of November, the Cinema will be putting on movies like Spiderman: Homecoming, Children of Men, Cars 3, The Chronicles of Narnia, the live action Beauty & the Beast, and the Cowboys vs. Eagles NFL game.
During the movie, concessions are available as neighbors living in the Community First! Village walk around the levels of the amphitheater to sell hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and candy. There are also onsite food trucks if your cravings surpass snack food. Sales and tips from the night help Village residents who sell concessions earn an income.
About Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Mobile Loaves and Fishes is a local nonprofit that serves Austin’s homeless population. MLF has more than 19,000 volunteers, making it the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless in Austin, and has inspired similar food truck programs in other U.S. cities.
Other Outdoor Movies this Fall
Alamo Drafthouse has also partnered with the Austin Parks Foundation to put on Movies in the Park at different local parks around the city. The next movie on the schedule for this Fall is Muppet Christmas Carol, showing at Ramsey Neighborhood Park in Rosedale on November 9. Frequently, Alamo Drafthouse will put on movies at Mueller Lake Park in front of the fountain. Most of the movies are family-friendly, and all are free! Check here for an updated calendar throughout the season.