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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 55425free and cheap moviesThis 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):

2023 Film Lineup:

June 6-8, 2023: Mummies

June 13-15, 2023: DC League of Super-Pets

June 20-22, 2023: The LEGO Movie 2

June 27-29, 2023: Smallfoot

July 4-6, 2023: Space Jam

July 11-13, 2023: Scoob!

July 18-20, 2023: The LEGO Batman Movie

July 25-27, 2023: Tom & Jerry


Emagine Summer Kids Series | Various Locations

free and cheap moviesThis 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.  Stay tuned for the 2023 lineup. Tickets are $2 each and $7 will get you a ticket and a magic pack (kids popcorn and soda)! 


Marcus Theaters | Various Locations

free and cheap moviesThe Kids Dream Summer Family Film Series offer family-friendly movies for just $3. Deals on refreshments are also available. Want to save even more? You can get a Passport for just $15 for admission into every movie in the series. 

2023 Film Lineup:

June 13-June 17: Shrek 2 

June 20-June 24: The Bad Guys

June 27-July 1: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

July 4-8: The Amazing Maurice

July 11-July 15: Minions: Rise of Gru

July 18-July 22: Mummies

July 25-July 29: DC League of Super Pets

August 1-August 5: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish


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 2023 Summer Kids Matinees are $1.00 for general admission seats. And of course, don’t forget their amazing and cheap popcorn. 

2023 Film Lineup:

June 20-23: Kung Fu Panda

June 24-29: How To Train Your Dragon

July 4-6: Puss In Boots

July 11-13: Minions: Rise of Gru

July 18-20: Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

July 25-27: Shrek 2

August 1-3: Trolls: World Tour

August 8-10: The Croods: A New Age

August 15-17: Sing 2

August 22-24: The Bad Guys

August 29-31: The Secret Life of Pets


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1 comment

alison cook July 18, 2023 at 10:12 PM

What fun!


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