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The Howard Mohr Community Center will hold its first-ever outdoor cinema night on Aug. 24, featuring a screening of the hit comedy The Sandlot.

The Community Center will rent a 20 x 15-foot movie screen-at a cost of around ,000-to show the film at the village-owned park at 16th Street and Circle Avenue.

“Hopefully the movie will go well-if it does, we’ll do it again,” said Community Center Director Bev Thompson.

She said the decision to show the movie at 16th and Circle came from a suggestion from Village Administrator Michael Sturino. “We thought it was a good idea because there aren’t many activities on the south side of town,” Thompson said.

The Sandlot, released in theaters in 1993, is set in the 1960s and tells the story of a shy, not particularly athletic young boy who moves into a new town and is recruited by the leader of the neighborhood gang to play baseball on the nearby sandlot field.

“It was a meeting of the minds-it had to be a family movie good for everyone from the kids up to the grandparents,” said Thompson.

The Park District of Forest Park also regularly screens outdoor films. For more information on those screenings, call 366-7500.

“I put this in our budget before I saw in the park brochure that they were doing outdoor films. I told them I’m not stealing their idea,” said Thompson.

The Community Center, located at 7640 Jackson Blvd., can be reached at 771-7737. The screening of The Sandlot is set for 8 p.m., Aug. 24, and is free to attend.