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Treat the kids to free or cheap summer movies

Every summer, parents hear the same cry from their kids: "I'm bored. Can't we do something?" And every summer, movie theaters come to the rescue with free or cheap kid-friendly movies. The movies start at 10 a.m. each week with doors opening 30 minutes to an hour before the show. Go as early as you can because theaters fill up fast. And while the movie is free or cheap, refreshments are extra. Here's a quick rundown of what films will be featured next week. Go to and search for "free family films" to find upcoming movies. Times staff writer

AMC Theaters Summer Movie Camp: Movies show on Tuesdays from June 15 to Aug. 10 for $1. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds from tickets and refreshments benefit Variety — the Children's Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. Tuesday's film is Shrek the Third (pictured here). It's showing at Regency 20, 2496 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon, (813) 685-3396; Veterans 24, 9302 Anderson Road, Tampa, (813) 243-4881; AMC Woodlands Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, (727) 771-6643; and West Shore 14, 210 WestShore Plaza, Tampa, (813) 637-8225.

Muvico Free Family Film Festival: Movies show on Tuesday and Wednesday from June 15 to Aug. 4. Doors open at 9 a.m. Part of the proceeds from refreshment sales go to the Starlight Children's Foundation of Florida. The animated feature, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be on the big screen at BayWalk 20 and IMAX, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 502-0965; Palm Harbor 10, 37912 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, (727) 944-2282; and Starlight 20, 18002 Highwood Preserve Parkway, Tampa, (813) 558-9755.

Regal Free Family Film Festival: Movies show on Tuesday and Wednesday (although at Park Place Stadium 16 and at the Citrus Stadium 20, the movies also show on Thursday) with your choice of a G- or PG-rated film from June 15 to Aug. 12. First up are Doogal (G) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG) at the Oakmont 8, 4801 Cortez Road W, Bradenton, (941) 795-4106; Largo 8, 10500 Ulmerton Road E, Largo, (727) 581-7389; and the Hollywood 18, 6701 Cinema Drive, Port Richey, (727) 862-9567; All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (G) and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG) at Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park, (727) 527-1930; and Citrus Stadium 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa, (813) 920-9471.

Cobb Theatres Free Summer Kids Movies: Movies show on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from June 15 to Aug. 5. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The movies for the first week are Night at the Museum and Hotel for Dogs, both PG, at the Grove 16, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel, (813) 948-5444.

Treat the kids to free or cheap summer movies 06/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:32am]
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