There are several theaters that offer inexpensive movies, and even some opportunities to see free movies this summer.
Regal Summer Movie Express
For just $1, you can catch one of two fun family movies playing at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In Chicago, check out the Regal City North Stadium where the series begins June 28 and movies include The Lego Movie, Minions and Curious George. Find the schedule here. Regal Lake Zurich is also participating, and that schedule is here.
Wednesday Morning Movie Series at Classic Cinemas
Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. from June 8 through August 10, Classic Cinemas will show family-friendly movies at its many locations in Chicagoland, including the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove and Lake Theatre in Oak Park. General admission is $1 per person. Games and costumed characters will be on hand to entertain children before the show. Find the schedule and more information here.
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse
For ten weeks this summer, Cinemark is showing recently released movies rated G or PG for $1 per person regardless of age, or you can purchase a ten-week punch card that gets you into all the films for $5. Participating Cinemark theaters include those in Evanston, Woodridge, North Aurora, Deer Park, Melrose Park and Joliet. Find more information here.
Marcus Theatres Kids Dream Summer Film Series
Marcus Theatres, with locations in Orland Park, Addison and Chicago Heights, will be showing family films this summer on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Admission is $3 per person. Find the schedule and more information here.
Kick it old school and see any or all of four classic Disney movies in a day for $5 at the Cinemark at Seven Bridges in Woodridge. It’s one of just six locations in the country offering Disney Screen. More information is available here.
Movies in the Parks
Check out free flicks at a park near you. The schedule from the Chicago Park District Movies in the Parks can be found here, and get info on free movies at park districts in the Northern suburbs, as well as Millennium Park, from Chicago Parent here.
Special Needs Screenings at Studio Movie Grill
Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton offers Special Needs Screenings of newly released films on Saturdays at 11 a.m. They are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered. Little ones are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie. Children and their siblings are free and adults only pay before-noon pricing to encourage families to attend together and to keep the screenings affordable. You can find more information here.
Win free tickets from Chicago Parent
Chicago Parent often has movie ticket giveaways, as well as giveaways for other awesome events happening around town. You can find them here.