2017 FREE or $1 Summer Movies Start This Week!

Don’t Miss the FREE and discounted movies to watch this summer!

Every year lots of theaters offer FREE (or super cheap) summer movies to keep kids busy and drum up a little business on those mornings that would normally have sparse movie-goers.

The movie theaters are utilizing their non-peak hours in hopes that you will splurge on popcorn and that you will see a preview for a new release and want to go back later willing to pay full price. Note that some theaters also offer discounted “snack pack” deals.

My secret tip for getting the most money for those overpriced movie snacks? I buy one large popcorn because those usually come with one free refill, and I bring my own paper bags (like the old school lunch bags) and once we get to our seats, I divvy up the main popcorn bag 5 ways (giving each, myself and my four kids, a small lunch bag of popcorn) then I send back a child for our one refill and I use that to refill our separate bags throughout the movie.

Typically the summer movies play on weekdays mornings and are slightly outdated. That means you can probably find them on RedBox, but I always think its more fun to see something “on the big screen”! Plus it gives you something special to do with the kids which makes a more memorable summer.

NOTE: In order to ensure you get a seat each week, you’ll want to purchase your ticket the week before you plan to go. Even the FREE movies require a ticket to enter. You just go up to the box office and ask for the number of tickets for your party.

Offers, movies and times may vary by location, so check out the theaters below that are located near you.

AMC Regency 20 Theaters in Brandon FL

AMC partners with Chick-fil-A for another year. They are showing popular movies every Tuesday for $1 (which benefits local Tampa Bay Area charities) at 10 a.m. from June 6-August 1, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the AMC box office.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the popular $4.48 AMC Kids Snack Pack is also available for purchase.

 Tuesday, June 6
Movies: SING OR Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them
Tuesday, June 13
Movies: Trolls OR Ghostbusters 2016
 Tuesday, June 20
Movies: Secret Life of Pets OR
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadowsaban
 Tuesday, June 27
Movies: Angry Birds OR Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children
 Tuesday, July 11
Movies:Kung Fu Panda 3 OR Harry Potter 1 & 2
 Tuesday, July 18
Movies: LEGO Batman OR Harry Potter 3 & 4
 Tuesday, July 25
Movies: Ice Age: Collision Course OR Harry Potter 5 & 6
 Tuesday, August 1
Movies: Monster Trucks OR Harry Potter 7a & 7b

FREE Summer Movies at Cobb Theatres

cobb summer shows

These movies are FREE! Movies are shown on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays and you can choose between two movies playing each day. The movies start at 10am, and doors open at 9:30am. Find a Cobb Theatre near you and get the summer schedule for your local theater!

Free Cobb Movie Schedule:

June 13, 14, 15
The Angry Birds Movie (PG)
Matilda (PG)
 June 20, 21, 22
Open Season 3 (PG)
Surf’s Up (PG)
 June 27, 28, 29
Storks (PG)
The Lego Movie (G)
 July 4, 5, 6
Trolls (PG)
The Peanuts Movie (PG)
 July 11, 12, 13
The Croods  (PG)
Home (G)
 July 18, 19, 20
Ice Age: Collision Course (PG)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG)
 July 25, 26, 27
Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip (PG)
Penguins of Madagascar (PG)
August 1, 2, 3 
Minions (PG)
The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

Find a Cobb Theatre location near you!

Cinemark Theatres $1 Summer Movies

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

There is a $1 charge for each movie you see if purchased at the box office, or if you purchase all of the movies in advance you only pay $5 for 10 shows ~ only $.50 each when you buy all 10! What a deal! Movies, dates and times vary by specific location, so visit the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse to find your schedule. Just click your City/State – it’s that easy! The 2017 shows start in June and run through August!

Bonus! There’s a coupon to get $1 off a Movie Snack Pack that you can print and take one every week!

Find a Cinemark Theatre near you for movies and show times!

Regal Theaters Summer Movie Express only $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Regal Summer movies

 The 2017 Summer Schedule begins in May or June, depending on location.

Find a Regal theater near you to see your local schedule!

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies will play on both Tuesday and Wednesday. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Week 1
Kung Fu Panda 3
 Week 2
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Monster Trucks
 Week 3
Ice Age: Collision Course
The Secret Life of Pets
 Week 4
Rio 2
 Week 5
The Boxtrolls
Kubo and the Two Strings
Week 6
Ratchet and Clank
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
 Week 7
The Adventures of Tintin
Happy Feet Two
 Week 8
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
 Week 9
The Lego Batman Movie

Showcase Cinemas FREE Summer Moviesshowcase theatre

Attend a FREE Movie on every Wednesday just by bringing in a Book Report as your admission ticket! Download the Book Report form. (Children under age 6 and adults accompanying a participate are FREE and do not need to complete the book report for admission). Check your local theatre for the movie schedule and showtimes!

Find a Showcase Cinema location near you!
Showcase Cinema Theaters are located in MA, NJ, NY & RI.

$1 Summer Movies at Studio Movie Grill

Each weekday from May 29th to September 1st you can watch a fun movie for only $1. Studio Movie Grill allows you to sit at tables and you an eat while you watch the movie too! {and if you go on Tuesday, they have a crazy good $5 Meal Deal!}
The movie starts at 10 a.m. and you can purchase tickets online or at the box office.

2017 SMG’s Summer Dates and Movies:
May 29-June 2: Monsters vs Aliens
June 5-June 9: How to Train Your Dragon
June 12-June 16: RIO
June 19-June 23: Turbo
June 26-June 30: Trolls
July 3-July 7: Horton Hears A Who!
July 10-July 14: Kung Fu Panda 3
July 17-July 21: Shrek The Third
July 24-July 28: Madagascar
July 31-August 4: The Peanuts Movie
August 7-August 11: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
August 14-August 18: Chicken Run
August 21-August 25: Home
August 28-September 1: Monsters vs Aliens
Thanks to Family Friendly Tampa Bay for the movie listing!

Paragon Theaters FREE Summer Movies

Paragon Theaters offers free summer movies for families on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings starting in June. Check your local Paragon Theater to confirm schedule. (Paragon Theaters has locations in Florida, Maryland, Minnesota and Virginia. )

Find your local Paragon Theater to check schedule and showtimes!

Marquee Cinemas FREE Summer Movies

Marquee Cinemas Summer Kids’ Series is presented FREE each week during the summer, from June through July 2017, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am. In addition to the G rated movies, some locations will also offer a PG movie! Marquee has theaters located in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virgina and West Virginia. Don’t forget to ask about their drink & popcorn special!

Free Marquee Movie Schedule:

June 6 & 7
Kung Fu Panda 3
Ratchet & Clank
 June 13 & 14
The Angry Birds Movie
Rock Dog
 June 20 & 21
Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
The Secret Life of Pets
 June 27 & 28
Kubo and The Two Strings
Norm of The North
 July 4 & 5
The Peanutes Movie (G)
 July 11 & 12
 July 18 & 19
Monster Trucks
The Wild Life
July 25 & 26 
The Lego Batman Movie
Ice Age: Collision Course

Find your local Marquee Cinema for dates and showtimes!

Xscape Theaters
(located in Riverview FL, Howell NJ, Blankenbaker KY, Northgate OH and Brandywine MD)

Zephyrhills Cinema $1 Summer Movies

Starting May 30th, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am you can view a fun kid-friendly movie for just $1! They also have $1 kiddie drinks and $1 kiddie popcorns available.

Your Turn: Please comment below with any discounted movies in your area!

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