If you’re looking to get out of the heat, what could be better than a couple of hours in front of the REAL big screen? A little popcorn, a little soda but who has the money for that? A family of four could easily spend $40 or more just on tickets! What if we told you we knew places where movies were free (or just really cheap)? Many movie theaters show free and greatly discounted G and PG rated movies in the summer. To make it easier for you to plan your summer days, we’ve compiled a list of for theaters/showings in and around Huntsville. As always, showings are subject to change so please call in advance to verify dates/times.
Movies not your thing? For all kinds of free and cheap summer activities, including concerts, indoor and outdoor play and Tennessee Valley summer staples, check out our 2013 Summer Fun Guide.
Monaco Pictures Kid’s Summer Film Series
370 Bridge Street, Huntsville
This is a 9-week program that provides parents and their children a safe, fun, entertainment experience this summer. Each Monday and Wednesday, from June 4th to August 6th, they will show re-released classic G- and PG-rated family-friendly films – and best of all – it’s free and fun for the whole family. Movies start at 10 a.m.
Editor’s Note: Make sure to get here early for your tickets (they start passing them out at 9 AM) and be prepared for a lot of other children. Daycares and summer camps frequently bring children in buses to this series so it’s rarely a quiet event.
June 5 – Madagascar 3
June 10 – Marmaduke
June 12 – The Smurfs
June 17 – Romona and Beezus
June 19 – Rise of the Guardians
June 24 – Rio
June 26 – Puss in Boots
July 1 – Monsters vs. Aliens
July 3 – Lorax
July 8 – Megamind
July 10 – Surfs Up
July 15 – Hotel Transylvania
July 17 – Kung Fu Panda 2
July 22 – Ice Age: Continental Drift
July 24 – Night at the Museum
July 29 – Horton Hears a Who
July 31 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules
August 5 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
August 7 – Despicable Me
Carmike Cinema Free Summer Movies
1485 Four Mile Post Road Southeast
Huntsville, AL 35802
Every Thursday at 10AM (doors open at 9:30AM) for 8 weeks, this theater will show G or PG movies only. Admission is $4 and includes popcorn, drink, and snack with this special promotion.
June 6: Despicable Me
June 13: Smurfs 2D
June 20: Hotel Transylvania
June 27: Ice Age Continental Drift
July 4: Rio
July 11: Horton Hears a Who
July 18: Madagascar 3
July 25: Happy Feet II
August 1: Yogi Bear
August 8: Disney’s Chimpanzee
*Movie titles shown are subject to change without notice.
Regal Hollywood 18 $1 Family Movies
3312 South Memorial Pkwy
Huntsville, AL 35802
For nine-weeks, Regal Cinemas will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10AM.
Note: A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute. Will Rogers uses the money to fund the institute’s mission in the areas of medical research and health education. The Regal Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity established by Regal Entertainment Group, also provides monetary grants to local Boys and Girls Clubs to bring club members to the Summer Movie Express.
June 4 – The Three Stooges
June 5 – Ice Age: Continental Drift
June 11 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
June 12 – Parental Guidance
June 18 – Mr. Poppers’ Penguins
June 19 – Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
June 25 – Monte Carlo
June 26 – Rio
July 2 – Coraline
July 3 – ParaNorman
July 9 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
July 10 – Big Miracle
July 16 – Yogi Bear
July 17 – Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
July 23 – Racing Stripes
July 24 – Happy Feet 2
July 30 – African Cats
July 31 – Chimpanzee
Space and Rocket Center Free Summer Film Series
Saturn V Hall Digital Theater
Wednesdays & Thursdays, May 22-August 1
This summer, every Wednesday at 9AM and Thursday at 7PM, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center will be showing free films. The Wednesday morning films are family-friendly fare and children must be accompanied by an adult in order to attend. The Thursday evening shows are Sci-Fi and Space films aimed at a more mature audience although many (like The Rocketeer and Apollo 13) would be perfect for a family night out. NOTE: Please enter at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.
MAY 22 – Monsters Inc.
MAY 29 – The Iron Giant
JUNE 5 – Meet the Robinsons
JUNE 12 – Atlantis: The Lost Empire
JUNE 19 – Up
JUNE 26 – Treasure Planet
JULY 3 – Star Wars: The Clone Wars
JULY 10 – Wall-E
JULY 17 – Jetsons: The Movie
JULY 24 – Mars Needs Moms
JULY 31 – Planet 51
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