Summer 2012 has many options for folks who live in the Cincinnati Area or are just passing through to catch free and discounted movies. Lots of area parks have free family movie nights and several theaters offer free to deeply discounted movie screenings.
Free and Discounted Movie Theaters
Matinee shows before 12pm each day are $1 at Danbarry Cinemas. Theaters locations include Cincinnati Mills, Eastgate and Turfway.
Free P & PG-rated movies are available Monday and Wednesday mornings through August 16th.
Free PG-rated movies play on Mondays and Thursdays through August 9th at 10am. Doors open at 9:30am. Locations in the Cincy area are: Florence 14, Milford 16, West Chester 18 and Western Hills 14.
Discount Days run in select cities. Theaters in the area include Florence 14: $6 Wednesdays, Milford 16: $6 Tuesdays, West Chester 18: $5 Tuesdays and Western Hills 14: $5 Tuesdays.
One dollar G or PG rated movies play Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am through August 8th at Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16 in Mason.
Free Movies in the Parks
Come to a variety of township, city and county parks around town for Free Family Movies. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets, perhaps a picnic basket with drinks and snacks is in order as well!
Free Movies on Fridays start at dusk at the Beech Acres Park Amphitheater. Pre-shows by the Cincinnati Circus Co. start at 7:30pm.
- Jul 20: The Muppets
- Aug 3: Cars 2
Movies take place at Bellevue Downtown Park at Dusk on Tuesdays. There are pre-movie activities planned before each movie, so come down early, stake your ground and have some fun. The movies schedule is:
- July 10 Puss in Boots
- July 17 Happy Feet 2
- July 24 Zookeeper
- July 31 The Adventures of Tintin
- Aug 7 Soul Surfer
- Aug 14 Big Miracle
- Aug 21 Dolphin Tale
- Aug 28 We Bought a Zoo
Family Movie Nights are held on Friday & Saturday evenings at dusk in various county parks. All pre–shows start at 7pm.
- Fri June 15: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, City of Union Community Center
- Sat June 16: The Muppets, Walton Community Park
- Fri June 22: Hop, City of Union Community Center
- Fri July 6: Kung Fu Panda, Boone Woods Stage
- Fri July 13: Horton Hears a Who!, Boone Woods Stage
- Fri July 20: Flight of the Navigator, Boone Woods Stage
- Sat July 21: Cars 2, Boone Woods Stage
- Fri July 27: Tangled, Boone Woods Stage
- Fri Aug 3: Cars 2, Boone Woods Stage
- Fri Aug 10: The Muppets, Boone Woods Stage
- Fri Aug 17: The Smurfs, Boone Woods Stage
- Sat Aug 18: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Walton Community Park
- Fri Aug 24: Happy Feet 2, Boone Woods Stage
- Fri Aug 31: Puss in Boots, Boone Woods Stage
- Sat Sept 15: The Smurfs, Walton Community Park
Free Movies on Fridays start at dusk at the Colerain Park Amphitheater. Kids Karaoke starts at 8:30pm.
- June 22: Kung Fu Panda 2
- July 13: Puss in Boots
- July 27: Cars 2
- Aug 17: Dolphin Tale
- Aug 31: The Lorax
Movies in the Park are held on select Fridays at dark in various county parks.
- June 22: Spy Kids 4, Cottell Park
- July 13: The Green Lantern, Fleckenstein Park
- July 27: Cars 2, Cottell Park
- Aug 3: The Muppets, Landen-Deerfield Park
- Aug 24: Dolphin Tale, Cottell Park
- Sept 7: Journey 2, Fleckenstein Park
- Sept 21: Pirates! Band of Misfits, Cottell Park
Fountain Square Movie Night takes place each Sunday at 7pm on the big screen at Fountain Square.
- June 17: Father of the Bride II
- June 24: Adventures of Tin Tin
- July 1: An American Tale
- July 8: Where the Wild Things Are
- July 15: Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
- July 22: Angels in the Outfield
- July 29: Air Bud (bring your dog to the Square!)
- Aug 5: Puss in Boots
- Aug 12: The Goonies
- Aug 19: Hugo
- Aug 26: The Smurfs
Fairfield Movies in the Park take place the first Friday of the month. The Fairfield Fire Department will also have pre-show fun for the entire family. All movies begin at dusk at Village Green Park.
- July 6: Kung Fu Panda 2
- Aug 3: Winnie-the-Pooh
- Sept 7: Happy Feet 2
- Oct 5: Monster’s House
Free Family Movies are every other Friday night at sunset behind the garages at the Community Center, 300 George St. Popcorn, sno-cones, water and pizza from Harrison’s La Rosa’s are provided while supplies last. Please bring a canned good for the local food pantry.
- June 15: Cars 2
- June 29: Dolphin Tale
- July 13: Footloose (Teen Night)
- July 27: The Muppets
Come enjoy this newly opened and renovated park in Downtown Cincinnati right across from Music Hall! This is a unique Free Movie venue because it features movies for adults! Yay! Arrive at 7pm.
- July 21 Crazy Stupid Love
- July 28 Best in Show
- Aug 4 Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
- Aug 11 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Aug 18 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
- Aug 25: Casablanca
Free family movies begin at 8:45pm at the Keehner Park Amphitheatre on Barret Rd. in West Chester. Movies to be announced. Movie dates: Fri July 27, Aug 24 and Sept 28.
Movies begin at Dusk on July 21 & Aug 11. Bring the family to an outdoor movie experience in the park. Viewers should bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and insect repellent. Popcorn and water will be available for purchase.
Check the Staycation Fun in Cincinnati list for more ideas for family fun!