2013 Family-Friendly Free and Cheap Summer Movie Options

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Indoor Movie Options

Cost: Film Fan Admission with Card at Box Office – $6
Online Advance Admission – $8
Telephone and Box Office Admission – $10

This year we are excited to announce a new program for all the young movie buffs out there! Paramount Kids Classics will offer an exciting and educational afternoon at the movies on 10 Sundays throughout the summer, furthering our mission to support film education and bring the world’s treasured film history to people of all ages. In addition to kid-themed specials and informational study guides, we will be offering discounted tickets for families with kids, valid at each of the Paramount Kids Classics Sunday matinee screenings at the Paramount (except as noted). Recommended for ages 8 and up.

The films that will be featured in the Paramount Kids Program are:

The Adventures of Robin Hood – June 2, 2pm (1pm Kickoff Party)
The Sound of Music – June 9, 2pm (special singalong ticket price)
Shane – June 16, 4:25pm
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – June 23, 2pm

City Lights – June 30, 2pm
A Night at the Opera – July 28, 2pm
Back to the Future – August 4, 2pm
The NeverEnding Story – August 11, 2pm
Woman of the Year – August 25, 2pm
Lawrence of Arabia – September 1, 2pm

Location: Paramount Theatre, 703 Congress Ave.

Cost: $2.50

Remember the old $1 movie theaters from back in the old days? This is the same thing, only costing a little more. The cinema is a bit older but has all of the essentials– popcorn, candy and soda– that you can find in the pricier joints. They show somewhat recent movies. Open seven days a week.

Location: 2132 N. Mays Street in Round Rock.

Cost: FREE

Escape to the library for free movies, popcorn and refreshments (and air conditioning!) throughout the summer! For a complete schedule and list of locations, it is best to check their website: http://library.austintexas.gov/youth-events. The first one coming up is a showing of Cars on Wednesday, June 5th. Times and locations vary.

Cost: $1 or $5 for 10 Movies if purchased in advance

All movies are rated G or PG. All shows begin at 10:00am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Participating Theaters: Round Rock Cinemark Movie 8, 2132 N. Mays Street in Round Rock. (begins on June 4 and ends on August 8); Cinemark Tinseltown 17, 5501 S. IH 35 (begins on June 11 and ends on August 14); Cinemark Hill Country Galleria, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave (begins on June 12 and ends on August 14); Cinemark Cedar Park, 1890 Ranch Shopping Center, 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park (begins June 5 and ends August 7).

Cost: $1

Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute. The series will begin on June 11, 2013.

Participating Theaters: Arbor 8 Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail; Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 South Lamar Blvd.; Lakeline Mall 9, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr.

Cost: FREE

The Alamo Kids’ Camp shows your kids’ favorite movies every day of the week for free now through August 23rd! Times and locations vary so be sure to check the schedule to plan your visit. Children must be at least 3 years old for all showings except for Tuesday which is baby day. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A ticket must be picked up at the Box Office before entering the theater.  Customers are encouraged to arrive early to snag tickets and then head into the theater for custom family-friendly pre-show entertainment appropriate for all ages.

For the complete lineup and schedule, visit the Alamo Drafthouse Summer Kids Camp page.

Cost: .50¢

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The theater opens at 9:00am and all films begin at 9:30am June 11th through August 20th.

Location: City Lights Theatre Georgetown, Wolf Ranch Pkwy, Georgetown

Click on the flyer for a coupon: $3.50 for a drink and popcorn!

Outdoor Movie Options:

Cost: $3 adults, $1 for children 1-11, free for kids under 1

If you would like to really spend some time in the great outdoors, head over to Deep Eddy Pool where you can float in the cool water while watching a family-friendly movie! Saturday at dusk July 6th through August 3rd.

Location: Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave.

Cost: FREEAdvertisement

June 8, Rise of the Guardians

July 13, An American Tail

August 10, TBA

The even begins at8pm and the movie begins at 9pm. Ice cream is available for purchase. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Residents are encouraged to ride a bike or walk as parking is limited.

Location: Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Drive

Cost: FREE

Once again Round Rock Parks and Recreation presents free Movies in the Park events at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock brought to you by Flix Brewhouse and HomeField Grill. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy these free family events under the stars at Round Rock’s premiere park. Pre-movie activities start at 7:30 p.m. and the movies start at dark.

The Sandlot- Friday, June 14

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Friday, Aug. 2

The movies are shown at Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park,  3300 Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock.

Cost: FREE

Brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation, and presented by the #1 movie theater in America, the Alamo Drafthouse. Each year, APF and the Drafthouse bring you totally free movies right in downtown Austin at Republic Square Park. Austin residents and visitors bring their blanket or lawn chairs (and often a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky.   Dogs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park.

Scott Pilgrim v. The World (PG-13)
Thursday, June 6 at 8:30pm

A League of Their Own (PG)
Thursday, July 11 at 8:30pm

Beginning on June 5th through August 21st, unique pairings of live music and some of the most popular movies of all time will take place on the lawn of The Long Center. Bands will perform a tribute to the movie, followed by the film screening on The Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen. The event is open to the public and all ages. Visitors can enjoy dining from Food Truck favorites including Frank, Blue Ox BBQ, Whole Foods, and more, all of which will be set up on the Long Center’s City Terrace.  Beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale by the Long Center. Guests are also welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic drinks or food to picnic on the lawn.  The Food Trailers will be open by 7pm, and the sunset concerts will begin at 8pm each evening. The movie will immediately follow (after it gets dark).

Cost: FREE

This year’s Austin Sound & Cinema lineup will include:

June 5: Labyrinth featuring live music by SUPER CREEPS, Austin’s best David Bowie tribute band.

June 19: Smokey and the Bandit featuring songs about the road from THE WHISKEY SHIVERS.

July 17: Back to the Future featuring live music by HELLO WHEELS, playing hits from both the 1950s and 1980s before everyone’s favorite time-traveling feature.

July 31: School of Rock featuring the Zeppelin Show performed by WILL TAYLOR & STRINGS ATTACHED.

Aug 14: Flash Gordon featuring live music with MAGNIFICO, the greatest Queen cover band you’ll ever experience.

Aug 21: Jurassic Park

Cost: FREE

Running every Friday night at 8pm throughout the summer, Top Notch Burgers will be showing some classics such as The Sandlot, Uncle Buck, The Goonies and Beetlejuice.

Location: Top Notch Burgers, 7525 Burnet Road

Cost: FREE!!

Great family fun! Bring your blankets and chairs and join us under the stars in South Austin. Movies include: Chicken Run (June 7th at 8:45pm); Footloose (June 14th at 7:30pm); Grease (June 21st at 8:45pm)

Location: Whole Foods, Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr, #800

Every Tuesday beginning on June 4th and running through July 30th. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, and come early to pick the perfect spot for movie viewing! Pre-movie games begins one hour before sunset, movies begin at sunset. Concessions available for sale.

Cost: FREE

Location: San Marcos Plaza Park, 204 N. CM Allen Pkwy., San Marcos


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