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4 ways to get your kids to the movies for $5 or less this summer

These summer movie deals are so cheap you can even spring for the jumbo popcorn!

There’s nothing I hate more than paying ridiculous prices just to get in to see a movie. I’d pay less if I just bought the DVD once it comes out.

And paying double digits for a kids’ movie? Forget it. You have no idea whether they’re going to sit, have to pee in the middle of the movie, ask questions through the entire thing or get so bored and/or whiny that you have to leave halfway through the flick.

I’m not forking over all that cash just for a two-hour movie. Here are four ways to get to the movies this summer for $5 or less.

1.) Community centers and parks: Local parks, community centers and amphitheaters are starting to offer family movies as a way of building community and getting people out in the summer. Check around your town to see if your community center or neighboring parks are offering a movie series. Often they’re free, and you can bring your own snacks and blanket. Here’s a list for my Lehigh Valley readers.

2.) Regal Cinemas’ $1 Summer Movie Express: Regal Cinemas has an awesome deal where you can watch a kids movie on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings for only $1. Plus, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Check out the 2017 lineup, then find times at a theater closest to you. Don’t worry, Regal has 559 theatres in 43 states, according to its website. Regal also has Value Days in some states, where they reduce ticket prices on a certain day. See if your state participates.

3.) AMC’s Summer Movie Camp: AMC shows kids movies at 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the summer for just $4. That price includes a box of snacks they can enjoy during the movie. The promotion runs for nine weeks. Check out the 2017 lineup. Then see if your theater participates. Fun fact: AMC operates 1,000 theaters and 11,000 screens worldwide, which is kinda crazy.

4.) Cinemark Theaters Discount Day: On Tuesdays, all films are just $5, all day*. Cinemark also advertises a Family Day every Monday or a Reel Family Time ($1.15 tickets!!) on Mondays – but my local locations aren’t participating. Maybe you’ll have better luck. 

* See restrictions and exclusions around a film’s opening day.

Know of another movie chain in your area that’s offering discounted family movies this summer? Share it in the comments section below.

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3 thoughts on “4 ways to get your kids to the movies for $5 or less this summer

  1. I have heard about the Regal $1 movies and really want to go! I am thinking about taking my daughter tomorrow. I agree that movie prices are outrageous these days! When Disney comes out with movies I grab the BluRay that comes with the free digital download so I can watch the movie at home AND Load it on the kid iPad for traveling and have a hard time justifying the fact that just watching it once at the theater costs so much more!

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    1. That’s a great tip about getting the BluRay and the digital download. I’ll have to remember it! And yes, definitely do the $1 movie series. Then if she isn’t digging the movie or it’s too close to nap time, you can duck out without feeling like you wasted a ton of money. We went a few weeks back and I was surprised to see a long line. Get there early if you can!


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