FFTC’s Guide to Free and Cheap Summer Movies


Summer movies in the park are a classic choice to enjoy together — especially outside where they are free! And for an indoor option to beat the summer heat, movie theaters with free or bargained price summer programs are also scattered around the Twin Cities. For year-round cheap flicks: Twin Cities Cheap Flicks.

FREE SUMMER MOVIES – CENTRAL METRO

Starts 6/13/19: St Paul Movies in the Park

Starts 6/4/19: Minneapolis Movies in the Parks

Starts 6/10/19: Monday Movie Nights | Target Field Station, Mpls | 7pm | Select dates thru 7/29/19.

Starts mid-June: Movies at the Commons | Minneapolis | 7pm | Select dates through mid-August. Note that all selections may not be appropriate for young children and alcohol is allowed in the park.

FREE SUMMER MOVIES – NORTH METRO

Starts 6/11/19: Tuesday Night Music & Movies | Boerboom Park, Osseo | Select Tuesdays through August. Arrive early for music and farmers market. Concerts at 7pm, movies at dusk.

Starts 7/12/19: Movies at Sunset | Town Green, Maple Grove | Ongoing Fridays thru 8/23/19

8/16/19:  Movie on the Barn | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | Gates open 8pm, movie at dusk

FREE SUMMER MOVIES – SOUTH METRO

Starts 5/17/19: Movies on the Hill | Hyland Hills Ski Area, Bloomington | 6-10:30pm | Live music, lawn games & the movie at dusk. Once/month thru 9/13/19.

5/24/19: Movie in the Park | Sand Creek Park, Cottage Grove | Movie begins at 8:30pm

Starts 6/14/19: Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | Burnsville’s free summer movies are shown 2nd/4th Friday of the month thru 8/23/19, show begins at dusk.

Starts 6/7/19: Moonlight Movies | Bloomington | Ongoing Fridays thru 8/16/19, 9pm

6/15/19: Movies in the Park | Central Park, Rosemount | Dusk – also held July 13 & Aug 11

6/15/19: Big Taste of Fun & Movie in the Park | Huber Park, Shakopee | 5-8pm, movie at sunset – movies also held 7/20/19 & 8/17/19.

7/26/19: Movie in the Park | Lake Julia Park, Farmington | Movie at dusk

FREE SUMMER MOVIES – EAST METRO

Starts 6/13/19: Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series | Lake Middle School, Woodbury | Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk (dates to follow thru 8/8/19).

Starts 7/9/19: Stillwater Summer Tuesdays | Lowell Park, Stillwater | Ongoing Tuesdays thru 8/20/19, movies at dusk following local market & music

FREE SUMMER MOVIES – WEST METRO

Starts 6/6/19: Edina Movies in the Park | Centennial Lake Park | Ongoing Thurs thru Aug 2019, sunset

Starts 6/21/19: New Hope Movies in the Park | Northwood Park | 9:15pm – also held 7/19/19 & 8/23/19

Starts 8/2/19: Eden Prairie Movies in the Park | Staring Lake Amphitheater | Ongoing Fri thru 8/16/19.

Starts 8/8/19: Minnetonka Movies in the Park | Civic Center Amp | Thurs thru 8/23/19, 7pm

FREE SUMMER MOVIES – ROAD TRIP

Starts 8/8/19: Movies in the Park – Rochester, Minnesota | Central Park, 225 First Ave NW | June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, 2019 | Bring blankets/lawn chairs for an outdoor movie under the string lights of Historic Central Park featuring a different flick, activities, and movie-inspired food and drink (available for purchase).


SUMMER MOVIES IN THE THEATER

TwinCities Cheap Flicks

Riverview Theater | Minneapolis | Ongoing $2 matinees with daily family-friendly options

Starts 6/5/19: AMC Summer Movie Camp | Apple Valley | Wed, 10am, thru 7/31/19 | $4 plus tax deal for ticket, popcorn & drink.

Starts 6/11/19: Paragon Theaters Free Summer Movies | Burnsville Odyssey | Tues-Thurs starting  thru 8/9/18

Starts 6/12/19: Emagine Free for Kids Summer Film Series | Locations: Delano, East Bethel, Lakeville, Monticello, Rogers, Waconia & Willow Creek | Wed & Thurs, 10am ($2 tickets plus get a small combo for $5)


Find movie ratings and short reviews: Family Movie Night; Quick Reviews and Parental Guidance.


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