Summer 2012 Movie Deals for Kids

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If you are looking for inexpensive ways to entertain the kids this summer (or maybe just to keep cool in the air conditioning), there are quite a few movie theater promotions that can help you save at the theater.

Carmike Cinemas

Starting this month, you can purchase tickets to select family films for only $2 at participating Carmike Cinemas Theaters as part of Carmike’s 2012 Summer Kid Series. This deal will be available every Thursday at 10am throughout the summer and is available for any age. The $2 Movie Combo includes admission, drink and popcorn.

Some theaters began this promotion on June 7 while others will begin on June 21, so be sure to make note of this when finding a theater near you using this list of participating theaters. For our readers in Minnesota, the only participating Carmike Cinemas Theater is in Mounds View.

Cinemark Theaters

Also starting this month, Cinemark Theaters will offer up to 10 tickets to select G or PG-rated movies for only $5 (or $0.50 per ticket) when you purchase in advance at the box office as part of its Summer Movie Clubhouse promotion. Or, if you prefer, you can purchase tickets separately the day of the movie for only $1.

If you are interested in the 10 movie tickets for only $5, you will need to purchase a punch card which is available right now while supplies last at a Cinemark Theater near you. Cards may only be redeemed for one person each week and is valid only at the theater where it was purchased.

You can see if there is a participating Cinemark Theater near you on the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse website. For our Minnesota readers, there is a participating location in Mankato.

Marcus Theatres

Marcus Theatres Kids Rule Kids Summer Film Series promotion will begin on June 19 allowing you to purchase tickets to select family-friendly films for only $2 per person every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10am. Offer is available for any age and will go through August 16.

To make this deal even better, select American Family Insurance agents are offering free tickets to this promotion, including numerous agents in the Twin Cities area.

You can view what films are scheduled for each week throughout the promotion and find a participating theater near you on Marcus Theatres’ website. It looks like most, if not all, of Marcus Theatres are participating in this promotion, so you should be able to find a theater near you to take advantage of this promotion.

Muller Family Theaters

Muller Family Theaters (locations in MN) also have free movies over the summer. Movie selections and dates/times vary by location, but most will be on Wednesdays at 10am. Some locations start on June 13, some start the week after that. Be sure to get there early as seating is first-come, first-served.

Riverview Theater

The Riverview Theater in Minneapolis is a great place to go for inexpensive movie showings year round. Experience movie-going as it was in the ’50s with cheap tickets, reasonable snacks and yummy popcorn. Tickets range from $2-$3/person (cash only), and there are matinees all week long during the summer.

Theatres at Mall of America

This offer is also good year-round: the Theatres at Mall of America shows free select family movies every Saturday at 10am. Seating is limited to theatre capacity and is first-come, first-served.

Check out all of our Summer 2012 posts for more fun activities and opportunities going on this summer.

Your turn: Do you know of any other summer movie promotion in your area? Which of these have you gone to before?


  1. says

    Shoreview Parks & Recreation offers free outdoor movies on a giant inflatable screen at the Haffeman Pavilion (located behind the Shoreview Community Center)

    Movies: Friday, August 10 | 8 p.m. (dusk) | The Muppets

    Friday, August 24 | 8 p.m. (dusk) | Shrek Forever After

    (Free kids activities provided before movie)

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