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Written by:  Carolyn Caggia
Date: May 4, 2015

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 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.Call 919-249-1120 or visit the Halle Center's website for a schedule and to purchase tickets. 2015 Dates: May 14, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20.

•    1st Wednesday Flicks
1st Wednesday Flicks. Bring your date, your teenager or your friends for a free movie just for teenagers and adults. Call 919-249-1120 for the movie title or visit Halle Center's website. 2015 Dates: May 6, June 3, July 1 and Aug. 5.

•    Free Morning Movies
Free, kid friendly movie screened at 10 a.m. on May 5 and 19. Most films will be animated. Attendees may bring their own snacks. Call 919-249-1120 for the movie title of the week. More information online 

•    Free Outdoor Concert & Movie Series at the Nature Park Amphitheatre (2600 Evans Road)
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. View the online schedule for 2015 dates and movies or call 919-249-1120.

•    2015 Summer Movie Express
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 and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Rogers Institute, which supports fitness and medical research pertaining to cardiopulmonary diseases. Regal Beaver Creek Stadium 12 is participating and showings begin June 17. View the online schedule for weekly shows.

•    Summer Week-Long Free Morning Movies
A whole week worth of family-friendly movies at Halle Cultural Arts Center. Bring your own snacks. 2015 dates: June 8-12, July 27-31 and Aug. 17-21. Call 919-249-1120 for the movie titles.

•    Movie Night in the Grove
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 and begin at sunset, free of charge. Visit Benson's Events or Calendar page for more information or call 919-894-5117.

•     Free Friday Night Flicks
A family movie will be shown at the Century Center on Friday, May 22, free of charge. Disney's Toy Story 3 will play at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. 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 are shown on select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until Aug. 21. These events are free for children 12 and younger and $5 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. 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. 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
TThe 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:
•    Movies Under the Stars
Outdoor movies are shown on top of the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St. on the third and fourth Thursday of each month from June 18 until Aug. 27. Free admission, free popcorn, games, prizes, telescope demos and activities for kids and adults. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Learn more on the Town of Chapel Hill website.

•    Outdoor Movies on the Green
Movies start at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m. 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.

•    Summer Kids Series
PG-rated movies are shown every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 16 to Aug. 5 at the Lumina Theatre for $2.50 (season passes for eight movies cost $10). The doors open at 9:30 a.m. and shows begin at 10 a.m. Parents and chaperones get in free but must be accompanied by children. Movies feature Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax," "Box Trolls," "How to Train Your Dragon" and others. Call 919-932-9000 or visit Lumina's website for more information.

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

•    Rock the Park
This free movie series takes place from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on select Saturdays from June 13 to Aug. 22 in various Durham parks. Bring blankets and lawn chairs; the event is held 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 or call 919-560-4355.

•    Kids' Free Summer 2015 Movie Camp
Go to Northgate Stadium 10 Theatre for a free 10-movie series June 16-Aug. 20. Movies start at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and include "Dolphin Tale 2," "Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," "The Lego Movie," "Night at the Museum" and more. Visit Northgate Stadium's website for a full schedule.

•    Friday Family Flick and Camping 
Free movies screened on select Fridays at 8 p.m. at Lake Benson Park. There is also an overnight camping option ($12/family for town residents; $15/family for nonresidents). The May 8 movie is "Monsters University" and June 12 is "SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water." Call 919-661-6982 or visit website for more details or to register. 

•    Movies at the Library
The Orange County Main Library shows free movies throughout the year. A summer screening is scheduled for July 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Beat the heat at the library with a movie and a craft based on the featured film. Learn more on the library website here.

Holly Springs:
•    Movies in the Park
The fifth annual Holly Springs "Movies in the Park" is back! Come enjoy the movie "Big Hero 6″ at Womble Park on May 29 and "The Lego Movie" on June 26. Event is 6:30-10 p.m. It's a family-friendly event with free popcorn and drinks. You can also bring your own food if you would like. Invite your friends and neighbors!

•    Spring into Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series
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 May 15, June 12 and July 17. Movies begin at dusk. More information here

•    Morrisville Movies
Free movies will be shown at Morrisville Community Park (1520 Morrisville Parkway). See "Big Hero 6" on May 29 and "Paddington" June 12. The movies will begin at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Show up early to secure a good spot and enjoy cuisine from food trucks. Visit Morrisville's website for more information.

•    North Carolina Museum of Art 

North Carolina Museum of Art. Enjoy an outdoor movie series on the lawn in HD format. Picnics are welcome. (Not all films are family-friendly.) Concessions, as well as beer and wine, will be available for sale. Tickets are free for museum members and $5 for all others (children 6 and younger are free). Parking is free. These movie showings start May 30. Call 919-715-5923 or visit the North Carolina Museum of Art's Summer Movies webpage for movie titles and ratings.

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

•    Movies in the Garden
Free outdoor movies in the Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre on four Sundays in July and August. Concessions available and pre-show activity begins at 7:30 p.m. with movies beginning at 8:30 p.m. Movies and dates online here

•    N.C. State Campus
N.C. State University Campus. 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. Most showings are at 7 and 10 p.m. Check schedule and ratings at NCSU's website.

•    Raleigh's Mission Valley Theater
Raleigh's Mission Valley Theater. Discounted kids' movies are shown every Tuesday and Wednesday June 16-Aug. 5. Pay $1.50 for advanced tickets or $2.25 on the day of the show. Parents or chaperones are admitted for free with children. Discounted concessions also available. Seating is guaranteed and the 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 p.m. Monday through Friday. Purchase tickets with cash only. 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 June 16-Aug. 5. Tickets cost $2.25 and are available at the box office, or pay $8.50 for a season pass to all eight movies throughout the summer. Parents or chaperones are free with children and discounted concessions are also available. Seating is guaranteed and movies start at 10 a.m. See movie titles at Six Forks Station Summer Kid Show Movies.

•    PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series
Free outdoor movies begin at sundown (about 8:15 p.m.) every Friday from May 22-June 26. (Not all movies are family-friendly.) Relive the '80s with #FlashbackFriday features including "Ghostbusters," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Goonies," "Back to the Future," "The Karate Kid" and "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters." See the webpage for details. 

•     Summer "Film Fest" Movie Series
See kid-friendly movies every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Palace Pointe, June 17-Aug. 19. $5 admission includes the movie, popcorn and a soda. See the website for movie titles.

•    Smithfield Cinemas 2014 Summer Kid Shows
Enjoy G- and PG-rated movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. June 16-Aug. 20 for $2.50 admission, which includes the movie, a drink and popcorn. See Smithfield Cinemas website for schedule. 

•    Howell Theater Dollar Days of Summer
The Howell Theater is a vintage theater (circa 1935) that offers $1 movies at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer, and $3 matinees all year long Monday through Friday before 6 p.m.

•     Marquee Cinemas
Enjoy a specially selected series of family films at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Choose from two free movies each day June 23-Aug. 12. Visit the cinema website here.

Wake Forest
•     Flix4Kids
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. Find more information online here.

•    Family Movie Night
Second Friday of each month at 7 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 in the Park
On June 5 at 8:30 p.m. Zebulon Community Park will screen "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." Take your own chairs or blankets. A concession stand will be open.

Multi-city locations:
•    Summer Movie Express
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, Crossroads Stadium 20 in Cary, and Brier Creek Stadium and North Hills Stadium 14 in Raleigh. Click to see the Summer Movie Express schedule.

•    Poppy's Summer Movie Magic
The summer schedule includes kid-friendly movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 16-Aug. 20. 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.

This article was originally written in 2014 and updated May 3, 2015, by Megan Finke


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