Kansas City (Free or Cheap) Summer Movie Programs Guide: 2018 Edition

Cheap or Free Summer Movies are the key to happiness. Kids get to have fun & see a movie, while we save $$$.

Free & cheap…

…our two favorite words.

There are also great places kids eat free around KC, so you can make it a dinner (or lunch) & a movie.

Kansas City Summer Movie Guide

Find the Best free and cheap movies this summer around Kansas City!

There are movies in the park, Summer movie programs, & even a movie on the lawn of Crown Center. Find a fun movie night for your family throughout Kansas City below:

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B&B Theaters Kids Summer Movie Series

Tuesdays through Thursdays at 10 am your kids can enjoy a movie for only $3! The Kids Summer Movie Series begins June 5th and runs through the end of summer. See below for each week’s Summer movie ūüôā

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse:

The Summer Movie Clubhouse is a ten-week program of recently released G and PG films for kids. The cost is $1 per person per movie at the door the morning of the program. A ten-week series punch card is available at the theatre box office for only $5!

Check each Location’s website for times:

Cinemark 20 and XD in Merriam KS

Cinemark Palace at the Plaza


Weekender Summer Movies at Crown Center:

Friday evenings this summer from July 6 РAugust 4. End your work week with top local bands and favorite food trucks. Finish the evening with a movie  under the stars at Crown Center Square. Activities begin at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at approximately  at 9 p.m. FREE admission.


July 6: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Music: KC All Stars

July 13: Ferris Bueller¬Ļs Day Off, Music: The Black Jackets

July 20: Spider-Man:  Homecoming, Music:  Big Time Grain Co

July 27: Miracle, Music: County Road 5

August 3: Mamma Mia!, Music: The Zeros

Location: Crown Center Square, 2500 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

More Information: Call 816-274-8444


Moonlight Summer Movies on the Independence Square:

Moonlight Movies are shown every Thursday at 9pm throughout the summer. The movies are projected onto the side of the Pharaoh Theater on the Independence Square. Bring the whole family every week for a fun FREE event!

Check the website for location specifics. 


Blue Springs 8 Summer Movies:

Location: 1901 MO-7, Blue Springs, MO. 816.224.0551

This summer, starting June 5th, Monday – Thursdays at 10am & 12:30pm. The theatre will show two movies a week and you choose the film you would like to see! Each movie is $2 per ticket or purchase a $15 punch card for 10 admissions!


Moo-vie Night at Deana Rose Farmstead:

Bring a blanket or lawn chair for Moo-vie Night at the Farmstead. Gates open at 7: 30 p.m. Moo-vie begins at approx. 9: 00 p.m.)

Schedule: June 21, Babe  and  July 19: Cars

Location: Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS.


Afternoon Summer Movies at Mid-Continent Libary

The Mid-Continent Public Libraries are hosting FREE movies throughout the Summer. Check the MCPL website for details on specific movies, dates, and locations.

June 9th – Dumbo

July 6th – Frozen

July 13th – The Secret Life of Pets

July 14th – Inspector Gadget


Alamo Kids Camp:

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp is an affordable way for families to watch great films together all summer.  Choose your own ticket price Р$1-$3 and buy your tickets online to reserve your seats in advance.  100% of ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits in our surrounding community.

Location:  Main Street Cinema 1400 Main St., KC, MO


First Friday Summer Movie Series: Summit Fair

Enjoy free outdoor movies on the first Friday of the month June – October at Summit Fair. Bring your own chairs/blankets! Kids under 12 also get a FREE shaved ice from Kona Ice!


June 1 at 7:45pm: The Wizard of Oz: Activities will begin at 7:30PM, which include character visits and photos with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and the Wicked Witch! Enjoy live entertainment from local children’s entertainer and face painting!

Movie showtime is scheduled for approximately 8:40PM.

July 6 at 7:45pm: Grease

Aug – Oct: Movies TBD

Location: NW Blue Pkwy in Lee’s Summit, MO



Sand Cinema (Long View Lake Beach)

Make a splash!

Watch a movie with your feet in the water or the sand. $5 per car. Gates open at 7:30pm, movies begin around dark (8:45pm). Bring your own blanket or chairs for beach seating. No outside food or beverages but concessions will be available.

Moana – June 15th

COCO – July 13th


Raymore Movie in the Park

Come watch Space Jam for FREE on June 15th at T.B. Hanna station. The movie begins at dusk and refreshments will be provided.


Johnson County Summer Movies in the Park

One Friday a month the Johnson County Library hosts Movie in the Park at a different library location. Check the website for specific locations for each movie date.

June 15th – The Muppet Movie

July 20th – Grease

August 10th – YAAC Teen Takeover, then Footloose

August 17th – Cabaret

September 14th – Mary Poppins


Tuesdays at Cinetopia

Tuesdays you can see ANY movie for only $6/person. This is a great way for the whole family to see a movie…for cheap!


Hyde Park Children’s Film Festival

Each Friday in May & June your family can head to Hyde Park for a Summer movie for only $6. Entry is FREE with a costume. There will be a concert at 7:30 pm and movie at 8:30 pm. Have fun with your family!


Gardner Music & Movies in the Park

Come to the parks to enjoy a FREE, fun summer night with the family. There will be music, movies, activities & more. This year will have inflatables and all sorts of other fun-filled onsite activities. Make sure to check out these fun events with your family

August 10, 2018 
Movie: Footloose
Musical Performance by: Groove Therapy 
Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Celebration Park- 32501 W. 159th St., Gardner, KS 66030
September 14, 2018 
Movie: Mary Poppins 
Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m.
Location:  Cornerstone Park- 215 N. Center St., Gardner, KS 66030


“The Drive-In” at Linden Square

Each movie begins at dusk and is FREE for the whole family to enjoy. Check out the movies and dates below.

June 9th: “Despicable Me 3”

July 14th: Coco


Olathe Library Free Summer Movie Series

Each Tuesday the library hosts a FREE movie at 2 pm. There are also movies that show on Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursdays, but those showings are not every week.¬† Check the Olathe Library website for dates, locations, and what movie is showing. ūüôā

Movies include Mary Poppins, Annie, Ferdinand, Willy Wonka, & LEGO Ninjas. Movies run on Tuesdays through August 13th.


Briarcliff Trails of Our Community is hosting FREE outdoor movies all summer long! Saturday nights at approx. 8:45 p.m. head over to Mulberry Lake across from The Village at Briarcliff. Bring chairs and snacks, they will bring everything else. Summer movies include Grease & Frozen!

June 9: Frozen
June 16: Jumanji (2017)
June 23: Singin’ in the Rain
July 7: Despicable Me 3
July 14: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
July 21: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation


Rooftop Summer Movie Series

Every 3rd Friday from May through September your family can enjoy a FREE movie on the rooftop of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th Street KCMO. RSVP for each event by visiting the movie link or by calling 816.701.3407

May 18th: School of Rock (2003, 1 h 49 m, PG-13)

June 15th: CB4 (1993, 1 h 29 m, R)

July 20th: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008, 1 h 30 m, PG-13)

August 17th: Little Shop of Horrors (1986, 1h 43 m, PG-13)

September 21st: Pitch Perfect (2012, 1 h 52 m, PG-13)


Oak Park Mall Summer Movie Night

June 8th – Moana

July 13th – LEGO Movie

August 10th – Coco


Popcorn in the Park: Liberty

Watch a FREE movie at Stocksdale Park this summer! Free popcorn & water will also be provided by Liberty Parks and Recreation.

Friday August 10th – Peter Rabbit

Saturday October 13th – Coco


Summer Movies in the Park:  Lenexa

Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars.

Lawn games, including giant Jenga, giant Ker-Plunk, ladder ball and washers, begin at 5: 30 pm. and the movie will begin at dusk.


May 25 at Buffalo Meadows Park, 9650 Lone Elm Road, Lenexa, KS. The Wizard of Oz.

June 15 at Electric Park, 9305 Loiret Blvd., Lenexa, KS. The Muppet Movie

July 20 at Electric Park, 9305 Loiret Blvd. Lenexa, KS. Grease

August 10 at Electric Park, 9305 Loiret Blvd., Lenexa, KS. Footloose

Sept. 14 at Electric Park, 9305 Loiret Blvd., Lenexa, KS. Mary Poppins

Kids Summer Movies Pro Tips:

  • Arrive early for best seats, especially if you‚Äôre going in a large group
  • For outdoor movies, pack blankets, chairs and plenty of pillows
  • For evening movies, dress your kiddos in PJs ahead of time so you can easily get them to bed when you get home
  • Create your own movie memories for your family and friends by hosting your own backyard movie night.


Legacy Park Amphitheater (Lee’s Summit)
Free movies the first Thursday of each month in June, July and August. Gates open at 7pm, movies begin around dark (8:45pm). No outside food or beverages but concessions will be available.


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