Don’t Miss The FREE And Dollar Movies To Watch This Summer!

Every summer lots of theaters offer FREE or dollar 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.

I spoke about this topic on my Savings Segment on Fox. Watch the replay video here:

Important: If You Wanna Go Again, Buy Your Tickets When You Leave

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.

Snacks: Here’s How To Get The Most For You Money

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Typically the summer movies play on weekdays mornings and are slightly outdated.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.

RELATED POST: How To Get FREE Or Discounted Movie Tickets All Year


AMC Theaters

Summer Movie Camp
(select locations)

AMC Summer Camp is back. They are showing popular movies every Wednesday for $4 +tax (which includes the movie and a KidPack).

Movies are every Wednesday at 10 am all summer long (excluding July 4th).

AMC Movie Schedule:

Wednesday, June 6
The Boss Baby
Wednesday, June 13
Paddington 2
 Wednesday, June 20
The Lego Batman Movie
 Wednesday, June 27
 Wednesday, July 11
 Wednesday, July 18
Despicable Me 3
 Wednesday, July 25
Captain Underpants
 Wednesday, August 1
The Nut Job 2 Nutty by Nature


summer movies

Cinemark Theatres – Summer Dollar Movies

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 2018 shows start in May and run through August!

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

Cobb Theatres – FREE Summer Movies
(now CMX Cinemas)

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 10 am, and doors open at 9:30 am. Find a Cobb Theatre near you and get the summer schedule for your local theater!

Free Cobb Movie Schedule:

June 12, 13, 14
Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG)
Angry Birds (PG)
June 19, 20, 21
Alvin: Road Chip (PG)
Lego Batman Movie (PG)
June 26, 27, 28
Sing (PG)
Secret Life of Pets (PG)
July 3, 4, 5
Storks (PG)
The Lorax Movie (PG)
July 10, 11, 12
The Peanuts Movie (G)
Trolls (PG)
July 17, 18, 19
Despicable Me 3 (PG)
Ferdinand (PG)
July 24, 25, 26
Emoji Movie (PG)
Boss Baby (PG)
July 31, August 1, 2
Lego Ninjago Movie (PG)
Captain Underpants First Epic Movie (PG)

Georgia Theatre Company – $1.50 Movies!
(Includes the Brooksville, FL Beacon Theater)

The Summer Kid Show Series is Back for 2018! Shows start at 10 am every Tuesday and Thursday in June and July. Shows are just $1.50 and you can grab a drink for $1.50 and a popcorn for $1.50 too. Doors open at 9:15 am.

Georgia Theatre Movie Schedule:

June 5 & 7
The Lego Batman Movie
 June 12 & 14
 June 19 & 21
The Boss Baby
 June 26 & 28
Captain Underpants
 July 3 & 5
Smurfs: The Lost Village
 July 10 & 12
The Emoji Movie
 July 17 & 19
Lego Ninjago
July 24 & 26
Despicable Me 3


Marquee Cinemas

FREE Summer Movies!!

While Marquee Cinemas has not released any information for 2018, I’m sure this will be happening again this year. We will update the information as soon as it’s released. This is the information from last year.

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, Virginia 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

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. )

Free Paragon Movie Schedule:

June 12, 13, 14
The Croods
June 19, 20, 21
How To Train Your Dragon 2
June 26, 27, 28
Captain Underpants
July 10, 11, 12
July 17, 18, 19
Kung Fu Panda 3
July 24, 25, 26
July 31, August 1, 2
August 7, 8, 9
Prince of Egypt

Regal Cinemas

Dollar Movies On Tuesdays And Wednesdays!

 The 2018 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.

Regal Cinemas Movie Schedule:

Week 1
The Iron Giant
Curious George
Week 2
Despicable Me
Ice Age: Collision Course
Week 3
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
 Week 4
Despicable Me 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2
 Week 5
The Lego Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Week 6
The Peanuts Movie
 Week 7
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
 Week 8
The Secret Life of Pets
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
 Week 9
The Lego Batman Movie

Showcase Cinemas

FREE Summer Movies!!

While Showcase Cinemas has not released any information for 2018, I’m sure this will be happening again this year. We will update the information as soon as it’s released. 

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 theater for the movie schedule and showtimes!

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


Studio Movie Grill

Summer Dollar Movies!

Each weekday from May, 28th to August, 31st 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.

Please note: Children’s Summer Series varies by location based on each school district’s summer vacation schedules. Therefore, not all titles will be available for all locations.

2018 SMG’s Summer Dates and Movies:

May 28-Jun 1
Flushed Away
Jun 4-Jun 8
The Book Of Life
Jun 11-Jun 15
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Jun 18-Jun 22
Jun 25-Jun 29
Captain Underpants
 Jul 2-Jul 6
The Boss Baby
Jul 9-Jul 13
Horton Hears A Who
Jul 16-Jul 20
The Peanuts Movie
Jul 23-Jul 27
The Croods
Jul 30-Aug 3
The Prince Of Egypt
Aug 6-Aug 10
Aug 13-Aug 17
Puss In Boots
Aug 20-Aug 24
Aug 27-Aug 31
Flushed Away

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

FREE Summer Movies!

Xscape Theaters offers free summer movies for families on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings starting in June. Check your local Xscape Theater to confirm schedule. Seating is limited so arrive early. Doors open at 9 am and the show starts at 9:30 am.

2018 Xscape’s Summer Dates and Movies (Riverview location):

June 5 thru 7
Smurfs The Lost Village
 June 12 thru 14
Despicable Me 3
 June 19 thru 21
The Angry Birds Movie
 June 26 thru 28
The Boss Baby
 July 3 thru 5
The Lego Ninjago Movie
July 10 thru 12
The Emoji Movie
July 17 thru 19
The Star
July 24 thru 26
Captain Underpants: First Epic Movie
July 31 thru Aug 2
August 7 thru 9
Surprise Feature (To Be Announced)


Zephyrhills Cinema

Summer Dollar Movies!

Starting June 5th, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am you can view a fun kid-friendly movie for just $1! They also have $1 kiddie drinks and $1 kiddie popcorns available.

Zephyrhills Cinema 10 presents Summer Movies 2018:

June 5-6
June 12-13
The Lego Batman Movie
June 19-20
June 26-27
Despicable Me 3
July 3-4
The Emoji Movie
July 10-11
The Boss Baby
July 17-18
Smurfs: The Lost Village
July 24-25
Captain Underpants
July 31-August 1
The Nut Job 2

Looking for more theaters for your local area?

Check out this list from The Balance Everyday for these theaters:

  • Alamo Drafthouse
  • Bow Tie Cinemas
  • Cinemaworld (including West Melbourne & Vero Beach, FL)
  • Classic Cinemas
  • Harkins Theaters
  • Megaplex Theaters
  • Metropolitan Theaters
  • Phoenix Big Theaters
  • Utah Star Cinemas


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

2018 Dollar Movies Make For A Fun Summer On The Cheap!