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: 2023 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 2023 outdoor summer movie series called “Movie in the Park”. Family-friendly movies are played once each month from now 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:

  • May 20 – Indiana Jones & The Temple of Dome
  • June 17 – Grease
  • July 15 – Goonies
  • August 19 – Moana
  • September 16 – Double Feature! Top Gun & Maverick
  • October 21 – Hotel Transylvania

Free Summer Movie at Icehouse Amphitheater

Catch a free movie at the Icehouse Amphitheater this summer! On July 21, 2023, they will show the popular, family-friendly movie, Frozen II. The movie will begin at 8:30 pm. This will be an outdoor showing so be sure to bring your chairs and blankets!

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 May 30, 2023. Here is the list of movies that you can expect to see:

  • May 30 – Despicable Me
  • June 6 – Kung Fu Panda
  • June 13 – Sing 2
  • June 20 – Spirit Untamed
  • June 27 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • July 4 – The Croods: A New Age
  • July 11 – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • July 18 – Secret Life of Pets
  • July 25 – The Bad Guys
  • August 1 – Lyle Lyle Crocodile

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!

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: Elemental, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, Teenage Kraken, 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

2023 Regal Summer Movie Express

Regal 2023 Summer Movie Series tickets are just $2 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am. This offer is running from now May 23rd through September 6th, 2023 and 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: 

  • May 23 and May 24- How to Train Your Dragon and Abominable
  • May 30 and May 31- The Croods: A New Age and Shrek Forever After
  • June 6 and June 7- Puss in Boots and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • June 13 and June 14- Sing and Spongebob Movie: A Sponge Out of Water
  • June 20 and June 21- The Spongebob Squarepants Movie and Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • June 27 and June 28- Sonic The Hedgehog and Dora and the Lost City of Gold
  • July 4 and July 5- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and Clifford The Big Red Dog
  • July 11 and July 12- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and The Paw Patrol
  • July 18 and July 19- The Bad Guy and Playing With Fire
  • July 25 and July 26- Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank and Sing 2
  • August 1 and August 2- The Boss Baby: Family Business and Dolittle
  • August 8 and August 9- Kung Fu Panda 3 and Curious George
  • August 15 and August 16- Minions and How to Train Your Dragon
  • August 22 and August 23- Shrek and Kung Fu Panda
  • August 29 and August 30- Trolls World Tour and Despicable Me
  • September 5 and September 6- Despicable Me 3 and Spirit Untamed

Summer Guide to Columbia,, SC

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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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