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7 cheap, family-friendly summer movie programs

There’s nothing quite like the magic of going to the movies, especially for kids. Summer is the perfect time to take a break from the heat for a couple of hours. 

However, catching a flick isn’t the cheapest activity, so we’ve rounded up the area programs, events and discounts to bring family fun to the silver screen ... sometimes for free.

1.) VTA COOL FILM FAMILY SERIES

Victoria Theatre/FILE (Staff Writer)

With a Cool Films Passbook, you get 10 passes you can use in any combination across the entire series (with the exception of the Reel Late at the Vic showings) for just $39. The series runs from July 6 to Aug. 26. That means you can bring 10 people to one movie, or you can enjoy 10 movies by yourself, or you could bring a date to five movies… You get the idea!

A passbook will save you $21! You can also buy individual tickets for $6 each. Free popcorn and soda will be provided. 

Movies in the series include: Adam’s Rib, The Princess Bride, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Irma La Douce, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Planet of the Apes, Die Hard, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, and Annie Get Your Gun.

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WHAT: VTA’s 2018 Summer Cool Films Series  

WHERE: 138 N. Main St., Dayton  

WHEN: July 6 through Aug. 26  

TICKETS: Call 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630 | Website  

INFO: Website

2.) FAMILY-FRIENDLY SATURDAYS AT THE PLAZA THEATRE

The Historic Plaza Theatre, located on 33 S. Main St. in downtown Miamisburg, December 9, 2016. Photo credit: (Tom Gilliam) (Tom Gilliam)

This summer, in partnership with ThinkTV, the Plaza will be offering FREE family-friendly shows on nearly every Saturday in July. This is a great chance to visit the theater, and spend some quality time with your littles and their favorite PBSKids characters. In the meantime, the theatre is running “Charlotte’s Web” and has “Scooby-Doo” hitting theaters July 6. 

SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING FILMS AT PLAZA THEATRE

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3.) The Greene Town Center Family Movie Night

As soon as it opened, there were lines to the vendors during the 3rd Annual The Taste of The Greene in the Town Square at The Greene in Beavercreek, Thursday, August 13, 2009. (Peter Wine for MediaMoments.com)

This once-monthly event brings an inflatable screen to the center of the outdoor shopping center for family fun under the stars. Just remember to bring your own chairs or blankets. Brought to you by Dayton Children’s. The next movie night will feature the movie “Coco” on Saturday, July 27, starting at approximately 9:30 p.m.. 

Address: The Greene Towne Center, 4452 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek

Info: Website

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4.) Movie Night at Austin Landing

The Park at Austin Landing’s Food Truck Frenzy will include six vendors and live music. STAFF

The area’s other outdoor shopping destination is also offering a FREE Saturday night movie event throughout the summer. Visitors are encouraged to come early, dress for the weather, and bring your own chairs and concessions (or pick some up from one of the many eateries on site). You can order carryout pizza from Dewey’s and popcorn from Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop. The night movie night is scheduled for July 21 from 9 to 11 p.m. Cinépolis also features $5 movie specials every Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m. 

Address: The Park at Austin Landing, 10400 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg

Info: Website

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5.) Cinemark

Cinemark is in the midst of a $1 million project to its Huber Heights 16 movie theatre that will be completed by the end of the month. LISA POWELL / STAFF (Lisa Powell)

The parent company behind theaters in Piqua, Beavercreek, Huber Heights, and West Carrollton offers a couple of different ways to save money on the latest releases. The Summer Movie Clubhouse offers 10 weeks of films for kids. The cost is $5 for 10 movies or $1 per showCheck with your preferred theater for the specifics. It continues through Aug. 23. 

Info: Find and print your local theater’s schedule here

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6.) Regal Movie Theaters Fairfield Commons

Theare exterior at Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek. Regal Entertainment Group's upcoming 14-screen movie theater at the Village at Austin Landing will give the area more competition in a movie theater industry that last year made $10.2 billion ticket sales and improved 19.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 2011. Industry leaders say technology updates and theater placement are important in competition, which can hurt smaller theaters. Take, for example, the site of the former Showcase Cinemas Cross Pointe, which closed around the time The Greene opened and has been since razed.

New this year is the Summer Movie Express. For $1, see select kids' movies all summer long. Tickets available at the box office only. Check with your theater for exact film titles and showtimes. There are also promotions online running through the summer including 15 percent off coupons, $10 off your 3rd IMAX® movie and more. 

Address: 2651 Commons Blvd., Beavercreek

Info: Website

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7.) Danbarry Dollar Saver

Danbarry Cinemas in Middletown on June 27, 2007. (FILE PHOTO)

If you don’t know about these area gems, then you’ve been missing out. With locations in both Dayton and Huber Heights, this cash-only theater already corners the market on cheap movies. With added promotions for discount days, senior citizen days, and last-day movies. Trust us, it’s worth checking out.

Info: Website

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Know of more family-friendly movie steals & deals or outdoor movie series happening across the Dayton area? Email us at contact@dayton.com!

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