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Backyard Viewing for Your Backyard Cookout

Barbecue: A Texas Love Story

No matter what part of the country you call home, your meat-loving guests will remember this documentary about the culture of Texas barbecue for many cookouts to come. Former Texas Governor Ann Richards hosts interviews with the many Texas who love their ‘cue.

National Lampoon’s Vacation/National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation

These two films don’t dwell on their cookouts, but the scenes they include will have you spitting potato salad out of laughter – and hey, they’re both about vacations, which makes them perfect summer fare. In National Lampoon’s Vacation, the Griswold family is treated to a meatless backwater barbecue by Cousin Eddie. In Vegas Vacation, they’re once again experiencing hillbilly hospital with a cookout fueled by nothing but a hot rock.


Will you have guests of all ages at your cookout? Then screen this G-rated Pixar animated feature about an ambitious rat’s quest to become a leading French chef. It’s a great exploration of the joy of creating something special for others – and isn’t that what hosting a cookout is all about?

Big Night

Okay, maybe you’re not serving up a barbecue; maybe you’re hosting an upscale patio party featuring classic dishes of Old World cuisine. In that case, you’ll want your “dinner and a movie” to include this film starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as two brothers putting all their skill on the line to create a once-in-a-lifetime Italian feast. Mangia!From family cookouts to feasts for foodies, you’re sure to find your outdoor theater a welcome accompaniment to a great meal!

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