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Twin Cities Summer Guide to Free and Cheap Movies

Summer + popcorn + movie is just the best combination whether you want to enjoy a show under the stars or get away from the heat inside a theater. Many theaters offer exciting family film lineups this summer with great deals for free and cheap movies. Check out the free movies offered at your local park district. Or maybe give your kids the taste of movie viewing from years ago with a classic drive-in experience! So many choices, you could be entertained all summer long. 

Free Movies in the Parks | Various Locations

free and cheap moviesSo many of our local park districts and city centers offer free and cheap movies throughout the summer. For full lineups and details, visit your local site below:

Bloomington / Burnsville / Champlin / Coon Rapids / Edina / Hastings / Maple Grove / Minneapolis / Minneapolis at the Commons / Minnetonka / New Hope / Osseo / Richfield / Robbinsdale / Rosemount / Roseville / Shakopee / Stillwater / St Paul / Woodbury

Alamo Drafthouse

9060 Hudson Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125

Kids’ tickets are always $2 off and this dinner and a movie concept has a great kids’ menu making it a fun afternoon. They also offer Kids’ Camp screenings during summer and winter breaks, for affordable moviegoing. All Kids Camp tickets are $5 for everyone – little kids, big kids, and grownup kids – and each week brings a new selection, ranging from recent animated favorites to timeless classics. See the website for updated screenings. 

B&B Theaters – Mall of America

401 South Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55425

This summer movie series offers family-friendly movies at 10 am matinees Tuesday-Thursday each week. $5 each or $3 for Backstage Pass members (free to join):

2024 Film Lineup:

June 11-14: Minions: The Rise of Gru

June 18-20: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

June 25-27: Migration

July 2-4: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

July 9-11: Trolls Band Together

July 16-18: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

July 23-25: Kung Fu Panda

July 30-August 1: The Angry Birds Movie 2

Emagine Summer Kids Series | Various Locations

This popular movie series features a new movie each week at participating Emagine movie theaters around the metro. Join in on Wednesday and Thursday mornings throughout the summer h at 10 am for your favorite kids’ movies.  

Marcus Theaters | Various Locations

free and cheap moviesThe Kids Dream Summer Family Film Series offer family-friendly movies all summer. Deals on refreshments are also available.  Want FREE tickets to the show? It’s easy – click here to redeem vouchers courtesy of American Family Insurance!

The Film Series Lineup:

  • Minions: The Rise of Gru – June 9- June 13: Tickets
  • Sonic the Hedgehog – June 16-June 20: Tickets
  • Under the Boardwalk – June 23-June 27: Tickets
  • Trolls Band Together – June 30-July 4: Tickets
  • The Spongebob Squarepants Movie – July 7-July 11: Tickets
  • PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie – July 14-July 18: Tickets
  • Migration – July 21-July 25: Tickets
  • The Jungle Bunch: Operation Meltdown – July 28-August 1: Tickets
  • Shrek – August 3-August 8: Tickets
  • The Lego Movie – August 10-August 15: Tickets
  • Wonder Park – August 17-August 22: Tickets
  • Sing 2 – August 24-August 29: Tickets

Riverview Theater

3800 42nd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Riverview Theatre Minneapolis | photo courtesy of Riverview Theatre

The beloved neighborhood vintage movie theater is back with another great series of kids’ movies this summer. Their Summer Kids Matinees are $1.00 for general admission seats. And of course, don’t forget their amazing and cheap popcorn. 

Despicable Me (2010)
Playing the week of June 18th

The Land Before Time (1988)
Playing the week of June 25th

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Playing the week of July 2nd

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Playing the week of July 11th

Abominable (2019)
Playing the week of July 16th

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)
Playing the week of July 23th

Trolls Band Together (2023)
Playing the week of July 30th

Migration (2023)
Playing the week of August 6th

The Bad Guys (2022)
Playing the week of August 13th

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022)
Playing the week of August 20th

Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Playing the week of August 28th


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alison cook July 18, 2023 at 10:12 PM

What fun!


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