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Written by:  Jessica Gaylord and Corinne Jurney
Date: May 13, 2013

Enjoy free or discounted films this summer that both you and your kids can have fun watching.

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•    Pizza and a Show
Free movie and dinner of pizza, chips and dessert for $5, one Thursday a month from May 16 until Aug. 15 at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. The first showing will be A Monster in Paris on May 16. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone and at the event. $2 for children two and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie begins at 6 p.m. Call 919-249-1120 or visit the Halle Center's website for a schedule.

•    Free Morning Movies
Free, kid friendly movie screened at 10 a.m. every first and third Tuesday in May and June at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Most films will be animated. Attendees may bring their own snacks. May 21 will feature The Incredibles. Call 919-249-1120 for the movie title of the week.

•     Free Friday Night Flicks
A family movie will be shown at the Century Center on Friday, May 31, free of charge. Ice Age-Continental Drift will play at 6:00 p.m. for general audiences. A movie for older youth and adults, The Avengers, will be shown immediately afterwards at 8:30 p.m. Families can bring blankets and picnics. Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian present to be admitted. Limited concessions will be for sale, only cash will be accepted.

•    Movies by Moonlight
Outdoor movies on select Friday nights at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre from May 10 until Aug. 30. These events are free for children 12 and under and $3 for general admission. Families are encouraged to bring picnics as well as blankets or chairs. G and PG rated movies will attract families of all kinds while movies for more mature audiences offer the opportunity for date night on a budget. Gates open at 7 p.m., movies start at dusk. A portion of the profits will benefit WakeMed Children's Hospital. Tickets can be bought at the Amphitheater Box Office at the event. For movies titles, ratings and dates, see Booth Amphitheatre's webpage.

Chapel Hill:
•    Locally Grown
Free festival featuring live music, blockbuster movies, food and activities every Thursday evening at the Wallace Plaza from June 27 until August 29. The Plaza is atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary Street. Food vendors set up at 7 p.m. and live music starts at 8 p.m. Movie begins at sundown, approximately 9 p.m. and will be accompanied by free popcorn and family friendly activities such as trivia and crafts. Movies for kids, teens and adults range from Finding Nemo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Ghostbusters and more. Go online to view Locally Grown's schedule.

•    Summer Kids Series
Kid friendly movie shown every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 18 to Aug. 7 at the Lumina Theatre for $2. A two dollar special on popcorn and a drink will be offered. Season tickets are available for $8 for 8 movies throughout the summer. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., shows begin at 10 a.m. Parents and chaperones free as long as accompanied by children.Call 919-932-9000 or visit Lumina's website.

•    $4 Movies on the Green
Outdoor movie at the Lumina Theatre on select Fridays and Saturdays at dusk on the lawn. Event kicks off Memorial Day weekend on May 24-25 with Oz the Great and Powerful. Visit Southern Village's online schedule for dates and the movie schedule.

•    Varsity Theater
$4 movies year round. Visit the Varsity's online schedule to view what is currently playing.

•    Kids Free Summer Movie Camp at Northgate Stadium 
Free, kid-friendly movie showings at Northgate Stadium 10 every Tuesday through Thursday from June 11 to Aug. 15.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m., shows start at 9:30. Titles range from Charlotte's Web to How to Train Your Dragon. For a full schedule, see Northgate's website.

• Thursday $4 Movie Series at Wynnsong 15 
From June 10 to August 16, Wynnsong 15 will screen a kid-friendly movie and provide a snack tray with popcorn and a drink for $4. Show begins at 10 a.m. Titles include Rio and Horton Hears a Who. 

•    Rock the Park
Free movie series from 8-10 p.m. select Saturdays from June 8 to Aug. 17 in various Durham parks. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, the event is rain or shine. The movie will be screened following live music from 6-8 p.m. Food and non-food vendors will be available.  For a full schedule, view Rock the Park's schedule.

•    Movies at the Library
Orange County Main Library shows free movies on the second Saturday of the month in June and Aug. at 3 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own snacks. Movie "hints" are given out on the library website

North Carolina Museum of Art 
Outdoor movie series on the lawn. Picnics are welcome and concessions, as well as beer and wine, will be available for sale. Tickets are free for museum members and $5 for all others, parking is free. Begins July 20. Call 919-715-5923 for movie titles and ratings, not all films are appropriate for children.   

 • Carmike Blue Ridge 14
Tickets are $2 year round. Check movie times on the Carmike webpage.

•   NC State Campus Cinema

Movies shown at The Campus Cinema in the Witherspoon Student Center. 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. Most showings are at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. Not all movies are family-friendly. Check schedule and ratings at NCSU's website.

•    North Carolina Museum of Art's Summer Movies
Outdoor evening movie series Fridays and Saturdays from June 1 to Sept. 7 in Museum Park Theater. Features acclaimed films, family favorites and classics. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics welcome. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and movie begins at 9, until Aug. when it will screen at 8:30. Museum members and children 6 and under free, $5 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased at Museum Box Office or online. Schedule and tickets available on the North Carolina Museum of Art's webpage.

•    Free Summer Movies
Free kids' movies on select Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Raleigh Grand 16 Theater from June 18 to July 31. Seating is limited, first come first served. See Raleigh Grand 16 Theater's website for movie listings.

•    Raleigh's Mission Valley Theater
Discounted kids' movies every Tuesday and Wednesday starting June 18 to Aug. 7. $1 advanced tickets or $1.25 on day of show. Parents or chaperones are free with children. Discounted concessions also available. Seating is guaranteed, Movie starts at 10 a.m. See movie titles at Mission Valley Theater's website.

•    Raleighwood Cinema Grill
Family matinee shows for $3.00 before 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the movie line at 919-847-0326 or visit Raleighwood's website for movie titles.

•    Six Forks Station Summer Kid Show Movies
Discounted kids' movies every Tuesday and Wednesday starting June 18 until Aug. 7. $2 tickets available at the box office or $8 for a season pass to all 8 movies throughout the summer. Parents or chaperones are free with children and discounted concessions are also available. Seating is guaranteed, Movie starts at 10 a.m. See movie titles at Six Forks Station Summer Kid Show Movies.

•     Wakefield 12 Cinema Kid's Summer Movie Program
Free movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at Wakefield 12 Cinema from June 25 until August 13. Movies will begin at 9:30 a.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. Moviegoers will be able to choose between two movies every screening. Call 919-453-2746 for movie titles.

• Thursday $4 Movie Series at Carmike 15
From June 10 to August 16, Carmike 15 will screen a kid-friendly movie and provide a snack tray with popcorn and a drink for $4. Show begins at 10 a.m. Titles include Rio and Horton Hears a Who.

• Frank Theatres at Spring Lane Stadium 10
Animated family features will be screened Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for one dollar. Popcorn and drink combos will be available for sale for $3. The series will run from June 4 through July 25. Movie schedule is available online at 

Multi-city locations:
•    Summer Movie Express
From June 18 to Aug., participating movie theaters will feature kid-friendly G or PG rated movies Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. for $1. Triangle locations include Beaver Creek Stadium 12 in Apex, White Oak Stadium 14 in Garner, and Brier Creek Stadium and North Hills Stadium 14 in Raleigh. Click to see the Summer Movie Express schedule.

Updated May 13, 2013


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