Free Summer Movies for Kids - 2013 Edition

by Michael on May 30, 2013 · 7 comments

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It’s that time of year again… Time to start thinking about cheap entertainment to keep your kids busy this summer.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of free (or at least cheap) summer movie promos.

In case you’re not aware, many movie theaters show second-run G or PG movies for kids on weekday mornings throughout the summer. Quite often, they do this for free, though sometimes they charge a buck or two for admission.

What follows is a list of 15 theater chains that are offering summer movie programs. If your favorite theater isn’t included, call them and ask for details. I tried to catch most major chains, but this list certainly isn’t exhaustive.

Note: If you have info on additional theater chains, please post it in the comments. I’ll do my best to add info as it becomes available.

Free summer movies

  • Bow-Tie Cinemas (link) – Free movies on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from June 25th through August 21st.
  • Carmike Cinemas (link) – $4 admission including popcorn, drink, and snack (meh, not that cheap) on weekday mornings from June 3rd through August 9th.
  • Cinemark Theaters (link) – 10 films for $5 or $1/each at the door. Days and dates vary by location.
  • Classic Cinemas (link) – Movies for $1/person, Wednesday mornings from June 12th through August 7th.
  • Clearview Cinemas (link) – Free movies on Wednesday & Thursday mornings from July 10/11 through August 21/22.
  • Cobb Theaters (link) – Free movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays. Dates may vary by location, but generally June 11th through August 1st.
  • Georgia Theater Company (link) – $1 movies on Tuesday & Thursday mornings in June and July.
  • The Grand Theatre (strike>link) – $3.50 admission including popcorn and drink (also not that cheap) on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings. Dates vary by location.
  • Harkins Theaters (link) – 10 movies for $7 or $2/each. Weekday mornings from May 27th through August 2nd.
  • Malco Theaters (link) – $2 movies on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from June 4th through July 31st.
  • Marcus Theaters (link) – $2 movies on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday mornings from June 18th through August 15th.
  • Marquee Cinemas (link) – Free movies on Mondays & Tuesdays for eight weeks. Dates vary by location.
  • Muvico Theaters (link) – Free movies on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday mornings from June 11th through August 15th.
  • Regal/Edwards/UA (link) – $1 movies on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for nine weeks. Dates vary by location.
  • Showcase Cinemas (link) – Free movies (with a book report) on Wednesday mornings from July 10th through August 7th.

For the record, AMC dropped their “Summer Movie Camp” back in 2010 and I can’t find any evidence that they’ve brought it back. Some individual locations might be running special promos, but the chain as a whole isn’t doing it. Bummer, huh?


1 Little House May 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

The college near our home is showing movies in the quad for free on Thursdays this summer. I bet many cities have something similar – free outdoor showings. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening.

2 Michael May 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

Good point. We have free movies in the park around here in the summer. The downside is that they run pretty late, but still… This is a good thing to keep in mind when looking for summer fun.

Unfortunately, those sorts of things are so localized that it would be impossible for me to put together a list. But if you’re interested, you should call (or check online with) your local Parks & Recreation Department.

3 Midlife Finance May 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Wow, that’s awesome. I have never heard of this program. My kid is still too young to go to movies though. Maybe in a couple of years. We’ll go to the free outdoor showings and see how it goes. He’ll just run all over the place, super active kid.

4 SB @ One Cent at a Time May 30, 2013 at 11:02 pm

weekday morning with no kids..hmm I can use any of these. Thanks for sharing it anyway, no information!

5 Martin May 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Michael, can we bring them into the theater and pick them up three months later?

6 Michael May 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Martin: Hah! If only we could… 😉

7 Charlotte May 31, 2013 at 5:58 pm

We did this when the kids were little. Huge bummer that AMC stopped! It was a great way to get out of the heat and have something fun to do every week on the cheap!

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