Free Movies for Summer, Plus Super Cheap Options in Columbia, SC

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Are you wondering where you can find free movies for summer in Columbia, SC? Regal Movies, the Town of Blythewood, the Icehouse Amphitheater, and The Big Mo are hosting summer movie events that your whole family will love! Below we’ve got the details on where you can see movies for free or super budget-friendly this summer. 

Let’s Go to the Summer Movies: Columbia, SC  

It’s no secret that taking your family to the movies can be quite expensive – the tickets, popcorn, drinks, and candy all add up QUICK! Maybe you’ve even got a toddler or two that you’re just not sure are ready to make it through a whole movie in a crowded, evening theater, but taking them during the day or even to an outdoor venue might seem a little more manageable!

This summer we found great options to not only make going to the movies cheap but also fun and memorable for your whole tribe. Try these summer movies for kids and families this year and don’t break the bank to do it!

free movies for summer, Columbia, SC

Doko Meadows Park: 2024 Movie in the Park (FREE!)

Pack up the big field blankets, lawn chairs, pillows and snacks because Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood is hosting a 2024 outdoor summer movie series called “Movie in the Park.” Family-friendly movies are played once each month until October. And the best part is . . . they are FREE! You can follow “Doko Meadows Park” on Facebook for movie and event details as well as updates for potential weather interferences. The movies will each begin at sunset and are as follows:

  • Dates and Movie List TBA

The Little Theater: Summer Vacation Movies

A little under 45 minutes away from Columbia, in Camden, SC, The Little Theater is hosting a summer movie series with $2 movie tickets and $3 kids popcorn and drink combos! These movies will be held every Tuesday at 10 am and 1 pm beginning June 4, 2024. Here is the list of movies that you can expect to see:

  • June 4 – Despicable Me
  • June 11 – Ruby Gilliam: Teenage Kraken
  • June 18 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • June 25 – Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie
  • July 2 – Shrek 2
  • July 9 – Land Before Time
  • July 16 – Migration
  • July 23 – Trolls Band Together
  • July 30 – Kung Fu Panda
  • August 6 – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Make Camden, SC a Day Trip!

If you’re headed up to Camden for a movie, you’ll want to check out this day trip guide to Camden, SC. The Revolutionary War history you can discover with your kids in this history is amazing. Plus there are some great restaurants, good hiking, and more. Camden is definitely worth the trip!

$5 Movies In Gaffney, SC at The Big E

Worth the day trip, the $5 Summer Movie Series at The Big E in Gaffney returns in May 2024. The promotional series will begin on May 27, 2024. Movies showings occur Monday-Saturday at 10:30 am.

This one is more than just a movie ticket making it worth the 2 hour drive from Columbia. The $5 package includes one summer series movie viewing, popcorn, soda, and a $2 game card.

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2024 Summer Movie Titles at The Big E

The Big Mo: The Monetta Drive-In Theater

The Big Mo is a drive-in theater located just outside of Columbia, SC. They only show movies on weekends during the summer. The showings will be announced each Tuesday for the upcoming weekend. A few of the movies they plan to show for the 2023 season include: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, IF, The Garfield Movie, Bad Boys: Ride or Die, The Crow, Inside Out 2, Despicable Me 4, Twisters, and so many more! There are 3 different screens that show 2 movies each night so there are plenty of options for all ages! Admission prices are as follows:

  • 3 and under FREE
  • $5 ages 4 – 11
  • $10 ages 12 and older

*Please be aware that the box office only accepts CASH!

Find Your Summer Movie Express participating Regal location

2024 Regal Summer Movie Express

Regal 2024 Summer Movie Series tickets are just $2 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am. This offer features family-friendly movies that kids of all ages are sure to enjoy. Not only is this a great way to spend time together as a family, but it is also a great excuse to escape the summer sun.

The two Regal Cinemas participating around Columbia are: 

  • Regal Sandhill – 450 Town Center Place, Columbia 
  • Regal Columbiana Grande – 1250 Bower Parkway, Columbia 

Each week there will be two different movies available. To purchase tickets in advance and to check movie times for each theater check out the Regal website.

Regal Summer Movies

Everything you need to know about Regal Kids Summer Movies.

The $2 summer movie list is below: 

  • Dates and Movie List TBA


Summer Guide to Columbia,, SC

Give Them An Epic Summer

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Kayla Simmons
About the Author
Kayla grew up right outside of Charleston, SC and is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has lived in Columbia for a combination of 5 years. Kayla has a background working with special needs children, but now enjoys nothing more than being a stay-at-home mom of two. She enjoys keeping her kids busy by finding unique play spaces and events, involving them in hands-on activities and watching them learn about the world through play. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercise and spending quality time with her family and friends.

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