Summer Fun: FREE & Cheap Summer Movies for Families

by Beth Montgomery on May 24, 2011

in Entertainment & Fun, Freebies & Samples

One fun way to save money and have family fun during the summer is all the FREE and cheap movies offered at national theaters and cinemas!

A Few Tips & Hints

These are great for families with young kids or kids who haven’t yet been to the theater.   Most participating theaters offer a “Cry Theater” for moms with infants or children who may make some noise.   Plus, the laid back environment and discount prices,   make it okay if you have to sneak out early.

Keep in mind, most movies are offered on a first come, first serve basis.   Depending on your local theater, you may have to arrive early to be guaranteed a seat and may even have to wait in line.   I often bring quiet entertainment in case we need it beforehand and in case someone needs it during!

I bolded our favorites (of those we’ve seen), in case you wanted a recommendation!

AMC Value-Priced Movies

While AMC has decided to discontinue their AMC Summer     Movie Camp, they will be offering value-priced family movies before noon.   Check out your local theater to confirm they are participating and check showtimes.

  • May 27: Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom
  • June 10: Judy Moody and the not Bummer Summer
  • June 24: Cars 2
  • July 1: Monte Carlo
  • July 8: Zookeeper
  • July 15: Winnie-the-Pooh
  • July 17: Mr. Poppers Penguins
  • August 5: Smurfs
  • August 19: Spy Kids 4: All the Tiem in the World

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

At Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, you can see 10 shows for $5 if you pay in advance or $1 per person per show at the box office if you pay as you go.   Dates and showtimes vary by location, so visit the website for a full list of times and shows in your area.

Plus, look at your local flyer online for a coupon for $1 off your purchase of a movie snack pack or upgrade to any $2 candy for FREE!

Movies vary by location, but may include:

  • Astro Boy (PG)
  • The Pirates who Don’t Do Anything (G)
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG)
  • Megamind (PG)
  • Marmaduke (PG
  • Tale of Despereaux (G)

Goodrich Theaters Kids Summer Movies

Participating Goodrich Theaters offer the Goodrich Theaters Kids Summer Movies for only $1 each Monday through Friday during the summer starting June 13, 2011.   All movies are rated PG.

  • June 13-17: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • June 20-24: Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • June 27-July 1: Open Season
  • July 4-8: Monster House
  • July 11-15 Planet 51
  • July 18-22: Stuart Little
  • July 25-29: Surf’s Up
  • August 1-5: Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa
  • August 8-12: Monsters vs. Aliens

Great Escapes Theatres: FREE Summer Movies

Visit Great Escapes Theatres: FREE Summer Movies 2011 and find a participating theater near you for a printable schedule of movies!   Movies are FREE and begin at 9:30 AM.   Note, I’ve heard a rumor that some locations may charge up to $1.50 per person, so you may want to check your local theater to confirm they’re free.   I know they are at the Noblesville Great Escapes where we go!

Movies vary by location, but may include:

  • Despicable Me (PG)
  • Megamind (PG)
  • Shrek 3D: Forever After Final Chapter (PG)
  • Ramona & Beezus (G)
  • Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)
  • Marmaduke (PG)
  • Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)
  • Yogi Bear (PG)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

Regal Summer Movie Express

During this 9-week Regal Summer Movie Express festival you can see G and/or PG movies for only $1 per person every Tuesday AND Wednesday at 10:00M A at participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists, and Edwards Theatres.

Movies vary by location, but may include:

  • Planet 51 (PG)
  • Charlotte’s Web (G)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)
  • Tales of Despereaux (G)
  • Muppets from Space
  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians
  • Karate Kid
  • Surf’s Up
  • Gullivers Travels

Which movie are you excited to see this summer?

The Summer Fun in Indiana series kicks off   in June with fun giveaways! Check out the full list of upcoming giveaways from family-fun spots in Indiana and stay tuned.   More will be added soon.

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