Cheap & Free Summer Movies Around Houston for 2017

Ahhh…summer. The time of year when schedules go out the window and we spend countless hours having fun outside! Er…or…trying to keep our kids occupied indoors. HOUSTON = HOT! Spending a few hours in the movie theater may be just what your crew needs to relax. The best part is there are family deals all over town. So, it’s okay if your kids are talking and getting up every 15 minutes for a bathroom break. Kids are expected to be there! Some movie theaters keep the lights on {very low} and they don’t crank the volume at full speed like they do for adult movies. Cool, huh?  {Still not convinced?  Try these tips for surviving a movie with kids too!}

So, let’s get to the deals you can find around town.

Cheap & Free Summer Movies Around Houston for 2017 | Houston Moms Blog

Alamo Drafthouse

Back again for 2017, the Kids Camp Series at Alamo Drafthouse is an affordable way to catch a flick Monday – Thursday for just $1 – $5 {pick your price, with 100% of ticket sales going towards local nonprofits}. They have fun, vintage movies as well as newer releases, but just be sure to purchase your ticket online to ensure that you get a spot.

June 2 – 8 :: The Pirates! Band of Misfits
June 9 – 15 :: Sing
June 16 – 22 :: Matilda
June 23 – 29 :: Zathura: A Space Adventure
June 30 – July 6 :: The Iron Giant
July 7 – 13 :: Trolls
July 14 – 20 :: Muppets From Space
July 21 – 27 :: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
July 28 – August 3 :: Song of the Sea
August 4 – 10 :: Speed Racer
August 11 – 17 :: Jumanji
August 18 – 24 :: The Secret Life of Pets

Studio Movie Grill

The Summer Children’s Series at Studio Movie Grill will run weekday mornings at 10am and cost you just $1 per ticket! These family movies will be shown early-June through mid-August at Houston area locations with lots of titles your kiddos {and you!} will love. This series may vary by location, so again, check with your local theater for exact details before showing up!

June 5 – 9 :: How to Train Your Dragon
June 12 – 16 :: Rio
June 19 – 23 :: Turbo
June 26 – 30 :: Trolls
July 3 – 7 :: Horton Hears a Who!
July 10 – 14 :: Kung Fu Panda 3
July 17 – 21 :: Shrek the Third
July 24 – 28 :: Madagascar
July 31 – August 4 :: The Peanuts Movie
August 7 – 11 :: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
August 14 – 18 :: Chicken Run
August 21 – 25 :: Home


As part of their Summer Movie Clubhouse, Cinemark is offering 10 movie tickets for $5 when you buy tickets in advance or $1 movie tickets when you buy tickets at the door. Movies are typically matinees during the week, but as a heads up – not all locations are participating.  Be sure to check out this list to see which participating location is closest to you, and then you can look for specific dates and times from there.

June 5 – 9 :: The Secret Life of Pets
June 12 – 16 :: The LEGO Batman Movie
June 19 – 23 :: Trolls
June 26 – 30 :: Shrek the Third
July 3 – 7 :: Goosebumps
July 10 – 14 :: The Iron Giant
July 17 – 21 :: Hotel Transylvania 2
July 24 – 28 :: Megaminds
July 31 – August 4 :: The Angry Birds Movie
August 7 – 11 :: Sing

Regal Theaters

Regal is offering their Summer Movie Express again this year, and tickets for participating movies are only $1 with a portion of proceeds going to the Will Rogers Institute. New films are featured every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am, but as always – be sure to check the location nearest you for participation and full details.

June 6 – 7 :: Kung Fu Panda 3 // Ice Age: Collision Course
June 13 – 14 :: Trolls // Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
June 20 – 21 :: Monster Trucks // Penguins of Madagascar
June 27 – 28 :: Rio 2 // The Boxtrolls
July 4 – 5 :: The Secret Life of Pets // Sing
July 11 – 12 :: Kubo and the Two Strings // Ratchet and Clank
July 18 – 19 :: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water // The Adventures of Tintin
July 25 – 26 :: Happy Feet Two // Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
August 1 – 2 :: Storks // The LEGO Batman Movie
*Both movies play on both days!

Showbiz Cinemas

Starting June 13th, enjoy the Summer Kids Club at Showbiz Cinema in Kingwood. Catch kids movies for 50 cents on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am this summer! 

June 13 :: Sing
June 20 :: The Secret Life of Pets
June 27 :: The Angry Birds Movie
July 4 :: Ice Age: Collision Course
July 11 :: Kung Fu Panda 3
July 18 :: Trolls
July 25 :: Hotel Transylvania 2
August 1 :: Storks

Premiere Cinemas

Get ready for a Summer Movie Kids Fest with children’s movies playing throughout the summer…for FREE!  Check the website for participating locations near you, as well as exact days and times when the movies are showing.

Other Ways to Save Money on Movies…

Buy tickets online at sites like Fandango or These sites sometimes offer lower prices, and if you are good at Googling, you can often find coupon codes to apply to your order during checkout.

Also, AMC Theatres around town offer “member” discounts. You can earn money back on future tickets and free upgrades on drinks and snacks. They also have cool giveaways and prizes for members. 

And don’t forget about the dollar movies!  You won’t get the fancy chairs, and the movies might be a bit dated. But there are still dollar cinemas around town, and ticket prices are always cheap with most being just $1 – $2 per ticket!

Here are a few we could find…

  • North Oaks Dollar Cinema :: 4623 Fm 1960 Rd W
  • Windchimes Dollar Cinema 8 :: 13155 Westheimer Rd

Looking for more summer fun? Don’t miss Your ULTIMATE Guide to Summer in Houston below!

Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and various business details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other cheap or free summer movies happening around town, include them in the comments to continue the list too!


  1. Wellborne Cinema Four in Alvin is a great locally owned theater that has kid movies every Monday and Wednesday this summer at 10 am! Tickets are $2 and kid packs are $3. You can look them up on Facebook for more info!


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