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Triangle Summer Movie Deals for Families


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From Cary to Carrboro, your family can enjoy free or discounted films this summer — many of which are shown under the summer night sky.

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APEX

Apex Music & Movies in the Park Series 
2600 Evans Road
919-249-1120
Free outdoor concert and movie series at Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre. All movies begin at dusk. Bring your own chair or blanket and picnic dinner, but leave pets and alcohol at home. 

Free Wednesday Night Movies 
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
Bring your date, your teenager or your friends for a free movie just for teenagers and adults. The first Wednesday of every month at Halle Cultural Arts Center.  

Pizza and a Movie
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
Spend a fun-filled evening viewing a film in the Halle Cultural Arts Center's cozy theater. Tables and chairs are set up to accommodate 80 for this special event. Enjoy a slice or two of pizza while watching the movie. Bottled water, fruit and a dessert is included. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. 2016 dates: May 19, June 23, July 14 and Aug. 18. Tickets are $2-$5.

Summer Movie Express 2016
Regal Beaver Creek Stadium 12
1441 Beaver Creek Commons
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 14.  

Summer Week-Long Free Morning Movies
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
A whole week worth of family-friendly movies at Halle Cultural Arts Center. Bring your own snacks. Held between June and August. 

BENSON

Movie Night in the Grove
400 E. Main St. 
919-894-5117
The Town of Benson offers a free movie night on the first and third Friday of every month. Movies are held outdoors at the Downtown Singing Grove, weather permitting, and begin at sunset. 

CARRBORO

Free Friday Night Flicks
100 N. Greensboro St.
919-918-7385
A family movie will be shown at the Century Center on select Fridays. Doors open at 6 p.m. Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian present to be admitted. All ages are admitted; no registration is required. 

CARY

Movies by Moonlight
8003 Regency Pwky
919-462-2025
Outdoor movies at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre are shown on select Thursdays and Fridays until Aug. 19. Free for children 12 and younger and $5 for general admission. Bring picnics as well as blankets or chairs. Movies start at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) and the gates open at 7 p.m. A portion of the profits benefit WakeMed Children's Hospital. Purchase tickets at the amphitheater box office.  

The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
919-462-2051
The Cary Downtown Theater offers independent, documentary, and classic films. All movie tickets are $3 to $5. See the website for showings and ratings. 

Summer Movie Express 2016
Regal Crossroads Stadium 20 & IMAX
501 Caitboo Ave.
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 14. 

CHAPEL HILL

Movies Under the Stars
150 E. Rosemary St.
Outdoor movies are shown on top of the Wallace Parking Deck on select Thursdays from June 9 until Aug. 18. Free admission and free popcorn. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.  

Outdoor Movies on the Green
620 Market St. 
919-969-8049
Movies start at dusk and are $5 per person. Screenings are most Fridays and Saturdays and start in May and continue through September. Movie selections and times are on the Lumina's website. No glass bottles or pets allowed on the Green. 

Summer Kids Series
620 Market St.
919-969-8049
PG-rated movies are shown every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 21 to Aug. 10 at The Lumina. Purchase an 8-movie season pass for $10. Parents/chaperones are admitted free but must be accompanied by a child. 

Varsity Theater
123 E. Franklin St.
919-967-8665
$4 movies year round. Visit the Varsity's online schedule to view what is currently playing.

DURHAM

Rock the Park
502 Foster St. 
919-560-4355
This free movie series takes place from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on June 25, July 23 and Aug. 20 at Durham Central Park. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No alcohol allowed. 

2016 Free Summer Kids Movie Series
1058 W. Club Blvd. 
919-286-1001
Free movies for 10 weeks in the summer at Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall. Shows start at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 14 through Aug. 18. 

GARNER

Friday Family Flick and Camping 
921 Buffaloe Road
919-661-6982
Free movies screened on select Fridays at 8:30 p.m. at Lake Benson Park. There is also an overnight camping option ($12/family for town residents; $16/family for nonresidents). Registration for camping is required; no registration necessary for the movie. 

Summer Movie Express 2016
Regal White Oak Stadium 14
1205 Timber Drive East
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 14. 

KNIGHTDALE

Spring into Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series
810 North First Avenue 
Free and open to the public. Make sure to bring a blanket and/or chairs. The series will be at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater April 8, May 13, June 10 and 24. Movies begin at dusk. 

MORRISVILLE

Morrisville Movies
1520 Morrisville Parkway 
Free movies will be shown at Field #1 at Morrisville Community Park. Come early to get a good spot and enjoy dinner from local food trucks (bring cash!). Movies are family-friendly and begin at dark. Enjoy bounce houses and music at 5:30 p.m. before the movie begins. 

Poppy's Summer Movie Magic
3400 Village Market Place 
919-653-0122
The summer schedule includes kid-friendly movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 14-Aug. 25 at Park West 14. All shows start at 10 a.m. and admission is $1. Adult admission is free! Doors open at 9 a.m., plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

RALEIGH

North Carolina Museum of Art Summer Films 
2110 Blue Ridge Road
919-839-6262
Enjoy an outdoor movie series on the lawn in HD format. Picnics are welcome. Parents please note: many screenings are family-friendly, but there are a few R-rated titles each season. Prices vary for music/movie combos. 

Carmike Blue Ridge 14
600 Blue Ridge Road
919-828-8007
Tickets are $2.40 year round. Check movie times on the Carmike webpage.

Movies in the Garden
301 Pogue St. 
Free outdoor movies in the Stephenson Amphitheatre next to the Raleigh Rose Garden on six Sundays in July and August. Gates open and pre-show activity begins at 8:00 p.m. and movies starts at 9:00 p.m. Food and concessions available. 

N.C. State Campus
Corner of Cates Avenue and Dan Allen Drive
919-515-5168
Movies are shown at the campus cinema in the Witherspoon Student Center. (Not all movies are family-friendly.) Most summer films are free but some may cost $3 for general admission. No cards accepted, cash only. Concessions are available for purchase with cash. 

Mission Valley Theatre Summer Kid Show Movies
2109-124 Avent Ferry Road
919-834-2233
Movies each Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-Aug. 10. Admission is $1.50 in advance or $2.25 day of show. Parent/chaperone admitted free! Doors open at 9:30 a.m., show starts at 10 a.m. $2.50 popcorn and drink special available. 

Raleighwood Cinema Grill
6609 Falls of Neuse Road
919-847-0326
Family matinee shows for $3.25 before 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Purchase tickets with cash only. Call the movie line at 919-847-0326

Six Forks Station Summer Kid Show Movies
9500 Forum Drive
919-846-3904
Movies each Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-Aug. 10. Admission is $8.50 for eight movies or $2.25 each. Parent/chaperone admitted free! Doors open at 9:30 a.m., show starts at 10 a.m. $2.50 popcorn and drink special available. Season tickets may be purchased at the Six Forks box office. 

PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series
400 Fayetteville St.
Free outdoor movies begin at sundown (about 8:15 p.m.) every Friday from May 27-July 1 at the City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh. This year’s theme is #flashbackfriday, so bring the kids, grab some dinner, and enjoy your favorite throwback films! Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m., movies begin at dusk. 

Summer Movie Express 2016 (2 locations)
Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14, 8611 Brier Creek Pwky
Regal North Hills Stadium 14, 4150 Main at North Hills St. 
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 14. 

ROXBORO

Summer Film Fest Movie Series
5050 Durham Road
336-598-5050 
See kid-friendly movies every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Palace Pointe, June 15-Aug. 17. $5 admission includes the movie, popcorn and a soda. Buy a season pass for all 10 dates for $25. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

SMITHFIELD

Smithfield Cinemas 2016 Summer Kid Shows
175 S. Equity Drive 
919-934-2198
Enjoy G- and PG-rated movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. June 14-Aug. 25 for $2.50 admission, which includes the movie, a drink and popcorn.  

Howell Theater Dollar Days of Summer
141 South Third Street
919-938-1201
The Howell Theater is a vintage theater (circa 1935) that offers $1 movies at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer starting June 14, and $3 matinees all year long Monday through Friday before 6 p.m.

WAKEFIELD

Summer Movies 2016 at Wakefield Cinemas
10600 Common Oak Drive
919-453-2746
A specially selected series of family films on 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 21-Aug. 10. Two movies to choose from each day with free admission. 

WAKE FOREST

Flix4Kids
405 S. Brooks St. 
919-435-9428
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts G and PG movies on the second Monday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. Movies are free and open to the public, and concessions are available for purchase. 

ZEBULON

Family Movie Night
301 S. Arendell Ave. 
919-823-0432
Second Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Zebulon Community Center. Children must have a parent/guardian present. Free movie and popcorn for all ages! 

Movie in the Park
401 S. Arendell Ave.
Second annual Movie in the Park at Zebulon Community Park on June 3 at 8:30 p.m. Concession stand available. Bring your chairs and blanket to join as the outfield becomes a movie theatre with a giant 40 foot scrren. 

 

This article was originally written in 2014 and updated May 17, 2016 by Megan Finke

 

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August 2016

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Cost: Free

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316 N. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27513
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Cost: Free

Where:
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Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-839-6262
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Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

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2101 S. Main St.
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Sponsor: Euro Cafe
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Cost: $5/child

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Apex, NC  27502
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Cost: Free

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2200 Laura Duncan Road
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Tinkergarten
Contact Name: Kelci Mukherjee
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Durant Nature Preserve
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Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-2871
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Cost: Free

Where:
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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1937 West Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Cost: Free with admission

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Pump it Up Briercreek
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Telephone: 919-828-3344
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Raleigh, NC  27610
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Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

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Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Apex, NC
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Raleigh, NC  27603
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Hill Ridge Farms
703 Tarboro Rd.
Youngsville, NC  27596
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Cost: Free

Where:
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Morrisville, NC  27560
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American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh, NC  27606
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Cost: Free of charge

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4381-105 Lassiter at North Hills Ave
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Cost: $20 and free

Where:
Villa Latina Plaza
3424 Olympia Drive
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 941-704-8572
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Cost: $6/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Cost: $20 and free

Where:
Villa Latina Plaza
3424 Olympia Drive
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 941-704-8572
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Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures as Paperhand...

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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Cost: $20 and free

Where:
Villa Latina Plaza
3424 Olympia Drive
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 941-704-8572
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