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Tampa Bay Guide to Free & Cheap Summer Movies for Kids & Families

Spend your summer days watching some free and cheap movies with your family. While there are plenty of Tampa Bay Attractions you could visit, it’s always nice to take a break indoors from the blazing summer heat.

We have compiled a great list of movie options to choose from. Many of these Tampa area movie theatres offer multiple days during the week to catch a free or cheap movie showing.

NOTE: More movie listings will be added as they are released online. Stay updated by joining our family-friendly newsletter.


1. Studio Movie Grill in Tampa

University Mall
12332 University Mall Ct
Tampa, FL 33612

Studio Movie Grill offers children summer movies during the weekday for 2017. Movies are held from May 29– September 1st for only $1. All movies begin at 10 a.m. You may purchase tickets online or at the box office. SMG is also a dine in movie theater. You can order popcorn from the comfort of your seat.

See the entire 2017 Studio Movie Grill Summer Children Series Schedule


2. Cobb Theatres




They have multiple locations that offer free summer movies. The movies start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays for eight weeks. Admission is free for everyone and doors open at 9:30 a.m.

See the entire 2017 Cobb Theatre Summer Kids Movie Guide

3. Zephyrhills Cinema

6848 Gall Blvd.
Zephyrhills, Fl 33542

If you live near Zephyrhills plan on visiting Zephyrhills Cinema on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for their summer kids movies. Tickets are $1 each and they begin at 10 a.m.

See the entire 2017 Zephyrhills Summer Kids Movie Schedule

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4. Regal Cinemas Theatres

Locations in Tampa, Pinellas Park, Largo and Port Richey
$1 Summer Movie Schedule at Regal Cinemas for 2017:

Regal Cinemas offer children movies on Tuesday and Wednesday. They provide you with two movie options on each of those days. The movies start at 10 a.m. and are $1 per person.

See the entire 2017 Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Schedule


5. Cinemark Lakeland Square Mall

At Cinemark Lakeland Square Mall 12, your family can watch a movie for $1 per ticket or you can buy a 10-movie pass for just $5 — making each movie ticket just $0.50! The movie tickets are $1 per person, per movie, and they can be purchased at the theatre box office or online.

See the entire 2017 Cinemark Lakeland Summer Movie Schedule 


6.  Drive-In Movie Theatres



When was the last time you’ve seen a movie under the stars? Drive-In’s provide an affordable option for families to enjoy a movie together.

See our entire list of Drive-In Movie Theatres around Tampa Bay


7. $5 Movie Deals

Don’t feel like waking up early to catch a cheap movie? Make it a family date night on Tuesdays and save some money. Check out the following locations offering $5 movies.

See Studio Movie Grill’s $5 Movie Deal

See AMC’s $5 Movie Deal


8. Cobb Theatres offer Sensory Friendly Movies

Locations in Wesley Chapel, Clearwater, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg

While they offer sensory friendly movies throughout the year, here is the schedule for summer 2017.  The movies begin at 10 a.m. on the select dates. Find out how they make their theatre sensory friendly for customers.

2017 Movie Schedule

Saturday, May 20, 2017:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Saturday, June 16, 2017: Cars 3
Saturday, July 1, 2017: Despicable Me 3
Saturday, August 19, 2017: Nut Job 2


9. Studio Movie Grill Tampa- Special Needs Screening

12332 University Mall Ct, Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 241-3800

Special Needs Screenings are shown at 11:00am at Tampa SMG on the dates listed below.

May 3, 2017 : Guardians of the Galaxy 2
May 27, 2017: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
June 3, 2017: Pirates of the Caribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
June 10, 2017: Captain Underpants
June 24, 2017: Cars 3
July 8, 2017: Despicable Me 3


10. Looking for more Sensory Friendly Movies?

Sensory Friendly Movies will continue during the summer around Tampa Bay. Make sure to check out

our guide to Sensory Friendly Movie Theatres Around Tampa Bay. 




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