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Written by:  Carolyn Caggia
Date: May 28, 2014

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

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•    Pizza and a Movie
Spend a fun-filled evening viewing a film in the Halle Center's cozy theatre. We set up tables and chairs for 80 for this special event. Enjoy a slice or two of pizza while watching the movie. Bottled water and dessert is included. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 5:30pm. Call 919-249-1120 or visit the Halle Center's website for a schedule.
•    1st Wednesday Flicks
It is date night at the Halle! Bring your date, your teenager or your friends for a free movie just for teenagers and adults. Movies are free and open to the public. Call (919)249-1120 for the movie title.
•    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. Call 919-249-1120 for the movie title of the week.
•    Free Outdoor Concert & Movie Series at the Nature Park Amphitheatre (2600 Evans Road)
All movies begin at dusk. Bring your own chair or blanket, but leave pets and alcohol at home. Dates are as follows: June 7 - Thor: The Dark World (PG-13); July 12 - RoboCop (PG-13); July 19 - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13); August 2 - Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey (PG) (cancelled due to rain); August 16 - Muppets Most Wanted (PG). 
•    2014 Summer Movie Express
The 2014 Summer Movie Express runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Rogers Institute, which supports fitness and medial research pertaining to cardiopulmonary diseases. Regal Beaver Creek Stadium 12 is participating and showings begin June 17. View the online schedule for weekly shows.

•    Movie Night in the Grove
The Town of Benson offers a movie night on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. Movies will be held outdoors at the Downtown Singing Grove and will begin at sunset, free of charge. Visit Benson's Events page for more information. 

•     Free Friday Night Flicks
A family movie will be shown at the Century Center on Friday, May 30, free of charge. Disney's Frozen (rated PG) will play at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30- come enjoy the Princess Photo Booth, snowball games, crafts, and giveaways! Families can bring blankets and picnics. Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian present to be admitted. All ages are admitted; no registration is required. Contact Carrboro's Recreation & Parks Department at 919-918-7364 for more information.

•    Movies by Moonlight
Outdoor movies at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 16 until Aug. 23. 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. PG rated movies will attract families of all kinds while movies for more mature audiences offer the opportunity for date night on a budget. Movie starts at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) and the gates open at 7 p.m. 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.
•     The Cary Theater
The Cary Downtown Theater offers independent, documentary, and classic films. Films are shown Thursday nights at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and every other Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. All movie tickets are $5; see the website for showings and ratings.

Chapel Hill:
•    Summer Kids Series
PG movies shown every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 17 to Aug. 6 at the Lumina Theatre for $2.50 (season passes for 8 movies are $10). There is a  $2.50 popcorn and drink special. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., shows begin at 10 a.m. Parents and chaperones free but must be accompanied by children. Movies feature Despicable Me 2, Turbo, Free Birds, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, and others. Call 919-932-9000 or visit Lumina's website.
•    Varsity Theater
$4 movies year round. Visit the Varsity's online schedule to view what is currently playing.

•      Free Kids Summer Movie Camp at Northgate Stadium
Free, kid-friendly movie showings at Northgate Stadium 10 every Tuesday through Thursday from June 17 to Aug. 21.  Shows start at 9:30 a.m. Titles range from The Croods to The Lego Movie. Movie survival packs include popcorn, drink, and candy for only $5. For a full schedule, see Northgate's website.
•    Rock the Park
Free movie series from 8:30-10:30 p.m. select Saturdays from June 14 to Aug. 23 in various Durham parks. Bring blankets and lawn chairs as the event is rain or shine. The movie will be screened following live music from 6-8 p.m. 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 throughout the year at 3 p.m. Screenings in summer are June 7 and July 12. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own snacks. Movie "hints" are given out on the library website

•    Morrisville Movies
Free movies will be shown at the Morrisville Community Park (1520 Morrisville Parkway). Movies are kid-oriented and family friendly and begin at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.). Show up early to secure a good spot and enjoy cuisine from food trucks! Showings are May 30(Hunger Games: Catching Fire), June 13(Despicable Me 2), and June 27 (Frozen). Visit Morrisville's website for more information.

•    North Carolina Museum of Art 

Outdoor movie series on the lawn, now in HD format! 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. These movie showings start June 6. Call 919-715-5923 or visit the North Carolina Museum of Art's Summer Movies webpage. for movie titles and ratings, as not all films are appropriate for children.
 •    Carmike Blue Ridge 14
Tickets are $2 year round. Check movie times on the Carmike webpage.
•    N.C. State Campus
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.
•    Free Summer Movies
Free kids' movies on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning June 17 at 10 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 $3.25 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. $2.50 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.
•    PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series
Free outdoor movies beginning at sundown (about 8:15) every Friday from May 23-June 27. Not all movies are kid-friendly, so see the webpage for details. 

•     Kids' Film Festival
At Palace Pointe, One kids movie every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. starting June 18th with Madagascar 3. $5 includes the movie, popcorn, and a soda. See the website for movie titles.

•    Smithfield Cinemas 2014 Summer Kid Shows
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 a.m. are G and PG movies shown at $2.50 admission including movie, drink, and popcorn! See Smithfield Cinemas website for schedule. 
•    Howell Theater
The Howell Theater is a vintage theater (circa 1935) and has $3.00 matinnee tickets Mon-Fri before 6 p.m. 

•    Marquee Cinemas 
A specially selected series of family films. 9:30am Tuesday and Wednesday, enjoy two movies to choose from each day with FREE admission.

Wake Forest
•     Flix4Kids
Beginning Monday, August 11 at 10 a.m.,  the Wake Forest Renaissance  Centre will host G and PG movies on the second Monday morning of each month. Movies are free and open to the public.

•    Family Movie Night
Select Fridays at 8:30 p.m at  the Zebulon Community Center. Children must have a parent/guardian present. Call 919-823-0432 for movie titles and visit the Town of Zebulon website for more information.
•    Movie on the Lawn
On Friday, June 13 at 8:30 p.m. at Zebulon Municipal Complex will be a free movie.

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.
•    Poppy's Summer Movie Magic
Participating theaters are Park West 14 in Morrisville and  Millstone 14 in Fayetteville. All shows start at 10 a.m. and admission is $1. Discounted concessions are available. Check the Stone Theatres website for movie schedules.

Updated July 24, 2014


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