Where to Catch Free and Affordable Movies in Austin

Summer is here, school is out, and you don’t need a bigger budget to have fun! When the temperatures rise, Austin offers plenty of free and affordable events that keep your wallet happy and your family entertained. Here’s a list of places to enjoy movies without breaking the bank.

Alamo Drafthouse Summer Kids Camp

Various Locations

Alamo Drafthouse has been hosting Kids Camp screenings during summer and winter breaks for over ten years. These events offer families an enjoyable and cost-effective way to watch beloved movies on the big screen. Every Kids Camp ticket is priced at $5, regardless of age. Each week features different films, from recent animated hits to classic favorites. Most Kids Camp screenings are suitable for children aged 3 and up, though some locations may offer All Ages screenings. Please verify the screening type before purchasing tickets. We aim to provide kids with the same high-quality experience as everyone else, so we ask that you refrain from talking or texting during the movie. Failure to do so may result in being asked to leave. drafthouse.com/austin/movies/alamo-kids-camp

Austin Humane Society Outdoor Movie Nights

124 W. Anderson Lane
Austin , TX 78752

Enjoy family-friendly, animal-themed movies on the lawn of the Austin Humane Society on Jun 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. With concessions, games, and kid’s activities, these nights are perfect for the whole family. Movies start at sundown. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Events are FREE, but registration is required. austinhumanesociety.org/event/summer-kids-series-outdoor-movie-night/

Austin Parks Foundation’s Movies in the Park

Various Locations

In partnership with Rocket Cinema, Austin Parks Foundation’s Movies in the Park is a free film series that has brought movies to neighborhood parks across Austin for over 10 years. This initiative ensures that residents of all backgrounds can enjoy free outdoor entertainment. Each screening offers 100 free popcorn bags, generously provided by Cornucopia Popcorn. Join us as we visit parks all over Austin with our FREE Movies in the Park series. Sign up for our e-news and RSVP to our Facebook events to stay updated with the latest information. Pack a picnic, relax, and enjoy a fun night out with the family. We look forward to seeing you there! austinparks.org/movies-in-the-park/

Austin Public Library

Various Locations

This summer, catch FREE movies at your local Austin Public Library branch. With numerous locations around town, you’re never far from enjoying one of your favorite films of the past 20 years. library.austintexas.gov/events/movies

Bullock Summer Family Film Series

1800 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

The Bullock Museum is excited to announce the return of the annual Summer Family Film Series. Don’t miss the chance to experience three family-friendly, multi-sensory screenings of beloved Disney animated classics on the big screen. The series kicks off with The Lion King, followed by Hercules, and wraps up with The Emperor’s New Groove. Tickets are $8 for members and $12 for general admission. Arrive early and enjoy family activity stations on the second floor. Join us for an unforgettable movie experience! https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/see-films/summer-family-film-series thestoryoftexas.com/visit/see-films/summer-family-film-series

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

2132 N Mays St Suite 800

The Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse is almost here—grab your tickets now! Bring the kids and enjoy thrilling big-screen entertainment for just $1.75* per movie. Save even more with $1 OFF deals on kids’ snack packs and any size popcorn and drink combos during Summer Movie Clubhouse showtimes. Participating theaters will host the Summer Movie Clubhouse on select days from June 10 through August 15. Check your local theater for more Summer Movie Clubhouse fun! https://www.cinemark.com/series-events-info-pages/summer-movie-clubhouse/

Community Cinema at Community First! Village

9301 Hog Eye Rd
Austin, TX 78724

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is excited to partner with Austin’s iconic Alamo Drafthouse to bring you the most thrilling movie experience in town. Join us at the Community Cinema for yearly screenings – everyone is welcome! We also offer regular guided tours of Community First! Village, so you can enjoy the show and learn about this unique community. Concessions, including popcorn, candy, and drinks, are served by Community First! neighbors who are earning a dignified income. Please note that we accept cards only, though tips are much appreciated. Thank you for your generosity and support during the show! Mark your calendar and join the fun! mlf.org/community-cinema

Regal Summer Movie Express

Various Locations

Regal’s Summer Movie Express offers $1 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am, with proceeds supporting the Will Rogers Institute. Local theaters include Regal Gateway, Regal Westgate, and Regal Metropolitan. Check their listings for the latest schedules. regmovies.com/promotions/summer-movie-express


Southwest Theaters’ Lake Creek 7

13729 Research Blvd #1500
Austin, TX 78750

Lake Creek 7 offers kids’ movies throughout the summer. You’ll enjoy a great movie experience with fully reclining sofa seats, and family favorite films that Lake Creek 7 has brought back to the big screen. For only $5, you can get a ticket and a kids’ combo! austin.southwesttheaters.com/content/Summer+Kids+Series

Summer is here, school is out, and there are plenty of free and affordable events in Austin to keep your family entertained without straining your budget. Whether you’re looking to catch a movie under the stars at a neighborhood park, enjoy a classic Disney film at a museum, or take advantage of special summer programs at local theaters, Austin has something for everyone.

From the Alamo Drafthouse’s Summer Kids Camp, Austin Public Library’s free movie screenings, and the Community Cinema at Community First! Village, there are numerous opportunities to enjoy quality family time. These events provide entertainment and foster community connections, making your summer both fun and meaningful. So, pack your picnic blankets, grab some popcorn, and head out to enjoy Austin’s many summer movie experiences. Stay cool, stay entertained, and make this summer one to remember!

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