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2013 Free and Cheap Summer Movies

Plent of Area Movie Theaters Offering Discounted Family Films This Summer


Beating the heat during a Carolina summer can be tough to do. But, Charlotte area movie theaters offer a cool option for your family summer outings. For just $1 per ticket a few local theaters offer a family-friendly previously-run films. Just be warned that they're first-come, first-serve so you'll need to be there early. A big trend this year also seems to be free outdoor movies, with many local parks offering kid-friendly features.

Summer Movie Express

Regal Summer Movie Express
Phillips Place Stadium 10, Starlight Stadium 14, and Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22 in Charlotte
Franklin Square Stadium 14 in Gastonia
Birkdale Stadium 16 in Huntersville

Starting June 11, 2013, each location will host the Summer Movie Express on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for nine weeks. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute.

  • Week 1: The Three Stooges
  • Week 1: Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Week 2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
  • Week 2: Parental Guidance
  • Week 3: Mr. Poppers' Penguins
  • Week 3: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Week 4: Monte Carlo
  • Week 4: Rio
  • Week 5: Coraline
  • Week 5: ParaNorman
  • Week 6: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  • Week 6: Big Miracle
  • Week 7: Yogi Bear
  • Week 7: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  • Week 8: Racing Stripes
  • Week 8: Happy Feet Too
  • Week 9: African Cats
  • Week 9: Chimpanzee

Carolina Place
Summer movie nights are back at Carolina Place with the second season of Movies at the Mall! During five Saturday nights this summer, Carolina Place transforms its outdoor courtyard into open-air movie theater, complete with a 25-foot-high, inflatable movie screen. Preshow begins at 7:30 p.m., movies begin at dusk in the outdoor courtyard beside REI.

  • June 22 - Oz the Great and Powerful - Radio Disney Movie Night
  • June 29 - Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • July 13 - The Croods
  • July 20 - Wreck-it-Ralph - Radion Disney Movie Night
  • July 27 - Family Choice Night - Vote for your favorite on their Facebook page June 15 - 28 and enter for the chance to win a $150 Mall Gift Card!

Southpark Movies Under the Stars
Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Road (behind Southpark Mall)
Free summer entertainment on a 30-foot screen every Friday beginning August 3 through August 24. There will be a variety of pre-event activities beginning at 7 p.m. including a live band, children's activities and concessions. Movies begin at dusk.

I haven't seen a schedule for 2013 or received solid confirmation that this event is continuing, so it's probably best to call the mall to check. I'll update this list when I find out for sure.

Matthews Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade Street
Movies begin about 8:30 p.m or dusk
Preshow begins at 7 p.m.

  • 5/18 - Here Comes the Boom
  • 6/1 - Hotel Transylvania
  • 6/15 - Off Life of Timothy Green
  • 6/29 - The Little Rascals

Movies in the Park - Harrisburg Park
191 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg
(movies start at dusk)

  • 5/31 – Brave
  • 8/23 – The Lorax

Movies in the Park - North Mecklenburg Park
The park opens at 6 p.m. for festivities. Movies start at dusk

  • 8/23 - Hotel Transylvania


Movies in the Park - Ballantyne
Ballantyne Corporate Park (off Ballantyne Commons Pkwy and John J. Delaney Drive)

  • 5/17 - Tangled
  • 6/21 Despicable Me
  • 7/19 - Brave
  • 8/16 - Madagascar 3

Movies in Village Park: Kannapolis
740 West C Street
Fridays at 8:45 p.m.

  • May 24 – Wreck It Ralph (PG)
  • June 7 – Captain America (PG-13)
  • June 21 – The Lorax (PG)
  • July 5 -Madagascar 3 (PG)
  • July 19 – Back to the Future (PG)
  • August 2 – Hotel Transylvania (PG)
  • August 16 – E.T. The Extraterrestrial (PG)

Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Concert and Movie Series
1000 Johnson Drive, Pineville
Pre-movie activities start at 7p.m.. Movies start at dusk.

  • 6/14 - Madagascar 3
  • 7/12 - The Amazing Spider-Man
  • 8/9 - Oz: The Great and Powerful

Know of an event that we don't have listed? Let me know at charlotte@aboutguide.com or on our Facebook page, and I'll include it. Want to make it a dinner and a movie night? Here's a list of places in Charlotte where kids eat free.

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