Why didn’t I ever know about this?

Did you know that during the summer select movie theaters offer free admission for a children’s movie, or two, per week? You probably did.

I, however, have been nice and comfortable here under my rock.

AMC Theatres offer a free movie on Wednesday mornings all summer long.


Regal Entertainment Group Theatres
offer selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. This group of theatres offers two movies simultaneously.

I wish one of these was close enough to make it worthwhile for me to bring my children on a regular basis. Such is the curse of living in the middle of nowhere.

I think things like this are especially appealing to those of us with children who might not be quite old enough to go to the movie theater. My 2.5 yr old might sit through an entire movie without leaving his seat. But he is also might be just as likely to get up and try to run up and down the aisle. At these free showings there is a lot of young children, no one is expecting complete silence, and if it gets so bad you have to leave the theater, well you haven’t lost any money.

Remember to check out your local theaters too. It is always possible that they are doing something similar to lure you in their doors where you will buy the overpriced concessions.

(cross-posted at Mommy Points one of my paid blogging gigs. Are you reading over there? Why not? I am lonely talking about chores, motivating children, fun books to read, traditions, and not giving my children away to the next band of roving gypsies that passes through town)

13 Responses to “Why didn’t I ever know about this?”

  1. Sasha Says:

    THANK YOU for this. With 5 kids at $9 a kid, we can never afford to go to the movies.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  2. Katie Says:

    I just found HandiPoints and L-O-V-E love it. I haven’t commented, but I did read through your archives over there. My six year old is all about spending her points.

  3. Karen@FamilyBriefs.com Says:

    You and I might as well just stay comfortable under our rocks . . . we only have a Carmike Cinema in town & they don’t offer squat! Oh well - we’ll keep dreaming of the days for free movies. Thanks for letting us know how bad off we are here in po-dunkville :)

  4. Kris Says:

    Chris I am so thrilled to be able to get more advice from you! Congrats on the paying gig.

  5. Deputy's Wife Says:

    I knew they did it in larger areas, but I am also in the middle of nowhere. Our local cinema does offer $1.00 seats on Sunday nights. We have to ignore the projector periodically breaking down and the strong scent of amonia. Other than that, it’s great…

  6. Haley Says:

    Well, our AMC theater does not participate. It was worth a shot though.

  7. CathyC Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! I had no idea either. And there’s one right by my house!!! But I work Wed. That’s OK, cause I was looking for an excuse to play hooky.
    Also, I had no idea you were at Handi Points. I never heard of it! Clearly, you need to make that more public. ;)

  8. Elizabeth Says:

    Sadly, even if the movie were free I wouldn’t be able to take Kaitlyn, because she HATES movie theaters. She whines, and cries, even if you let her get down and run up and down the aisle a little, she’s right back with even louder whining and crying. I took the boys to movies all the time at her age, but she is her own little person! Going to check out Mommy Points-congratulations!

  9. Jennifer Says:

    I didn’t know you were posting there, TOO. Where do you not post??? Kidding!

    I went back and read the archives. I loved the post about gardening and parenting. So true.

  10. carrie Says:

    Yes, those kid-friendly showings are the way to go!

  11. Jamie Says:

    I wish I wish I could take my girls to these but alas I am off every afternoon and on Fridays….bummer!

    There was a local theatre last summer that was showing movies on Fridays but they closed. Double bummer!

    Going to the movies is a rare treat for us. I will say that the local library is a great source for free rentals but who doesn’t want to get out and walk through the sticky aisles of a real bona fide theatre and eat a big bucket of super butter popcorn occasionally?!

  12. carrien Says:

    Thanks. I had no idea and that will be fun for them.

  13. Beta Mom Says:

    Thank you for the tip - we’ve definitely become a rental family b/c the movies are so expensive! It’s just not the same, though, as going to the big theater.

    Now I just have to figure out how to smuggle a bucket of homemade buttered popcorn in my purse.

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