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Free or cheap summer movie events in DFW area

Posted 4:47pm on Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014

If you’ve got budding movie buffs in your family, this list is for you. Here are some DFW-area summer movie events (Read all the way to the bottom for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the brand new Studio Movie Grill in Colleyville!):

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Movie Nights in the Sundance Square Plaza

Bring your own chairs and blankets to watch free films under the stars at Sundance Square Plaza. Come early to win prizes and support local food vendors (No outside food or drink allowed). Movies scheduled include Mary Poppins and Back to the Future.

When: Movies begin at dusk around 8:30 p.m./9:00 p.m. Wednesdays through July 30.

Where: Sundance Square Plaza, downtown Fort Worth

Info: http://www.sundancesquare.com/events/movie-night

Cost: Free!

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Sunset Cinema at Amon Carter Museum

The Amon Carter Museum is offering a free outdoor film series called “Sunset Cinema.” You can pack a picnic dinner and bring blankets to watch the series on the museum lawn.

When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, June 26; July 31. The lawn opens at 6 p.m. and if you arrive early, you can enjoy a tour of the museum from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Films begin at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Info: 817-738-1933, www.cartermuseum.org

Cost: Free!

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Summer Movie Clubhouse at Cinemark

Your kids can enjoy 10 G-rated or PG-rated films for just $5 per kid or $1 per movie through August 13! Check web site for movie titles.

Enjoy 10 fun films for kids! $5 for ten movies when purchased in advance at the box office or at cinemark.com or $1 per person, per show when purchased at the box office....

When: All films start at 10 a.m., June 11-August 14 Check web site for movie titles.

Where: Participating Cinemarks including Cinemark 17 in Dallas; Cinemark 14 in Denton; Cinemark Alliance Town Center in Fort Worth; Ridgmar 13 in Fort Worth; Cinemark Frisco Square in Frisco; North East Mall 18 (formerly Rave) in Hurst; Cinemark Movies 8 in Lewisville; Cinemark 12 in Mansfield; Cinemark Movies 8 in North Richland Hills; Cinemark Legacy in Plano; Cinemark West Plano in Plano; and Cinemark 12 in Rockwall.

Info: http://www.cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse

Cost: Purchase 10-film series for $5 in advance at cinemark.com or pay $1 per person, per film at the box office.

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Children’s Summer Series at Studio Movie Grill

SMG’s Children’s Summer Series, sponsored by Aquafina, offers a budget friendly entertainment option for families to escape the summer heat and watch recent children’s films for $2 per person. While you’re at check out the newest Studio Movie Grill locations in Dallas at 10110 Technology Blvd. and in Colleyville at 5655 Colleyville Blvd., Ste. 300.

Bonus deal for Mom2Mom fans: You can use this multiple-use online promo code SMGFamily to get a $5 ticket for any movie of your choice (there is a $3 additional charge for 3D) at https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/

When: Through August 22.

Where: DFW locations include 225 Merchants Row, Arlington; 5655 Colleyville Blvd., Ste. 300, Colleyville; 11170 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 1600 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville; 10110 Technology Blvd., Dallas; 4721 W. Park Blvd., Plano; and 13933 N. Central Expressway, Dallas.

Info: https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/

Cost: $2 per person

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Flapjacks and a Flick at Movie Tavern

Watch a family friendly flick and get all-you-can pancakes and a small beverage for just $5 per person! Movies include Despicable Me 2, Turbo and Curious George. All movies are rated G or PG. Bonus: Ridgmar Movie Tavern serves up waffles!

When: Showtime and breakfast begins at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 10 through August 13.

Where: Participating DFW locations include Central Park Movie Tavern in Bedford, Denton Movie Tavern in Denton, Green Oaks Movie Tavern in Arlington, Hulen Movie Tavern in Fort Worth, West 7th Movie Tavern in Fort Worth and Ridgmar Movie Tavern in Fort Worth.

Info: http://movietavern.com/flapjacks/

Cost: $5 per person

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Summer Film Series at The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has recently partnered with National Geographic on programming. One of the benefits of the partnership is the inventory of long and short 2D and 3D films that will be made available to the museum. Check out the latest Nat Geo offering Pandas: The Journey Home or one of the other short films.

When: Check web site for show times.

Where: 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas

Info: 214-428-5555, perotmuseum.org

Cost: Admission to the theater is $5 for a short film (20 minutes) and $8 for a long film (40 minutes) for adults, students, seniors and children. For members, admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film). Children under 2 are free.

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Coyote Drive-In

When was the last time you watched a movie at a drive-in? Did you know there is now one open in Fort Worth showing first-run films? They offer cool double-features including Maleficent and Godzilla!

When: Open 7 days a week at 6 p.m., showing a double feature on all three screens every night.

Where: 223 NE 4th St., Fort Worth, TX 76164

Info: http://coyotedrive-in.com/

Cost: $8, 11 and older; $6, children ages 4 to 10. Children 3 and younger are free! You get TWO movies for that price. You can purchase tickets with cash or credit card at the front gates starting at 6:00 PM.

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In-lobby Child PlayCenter at Harkins Southlake 14

Need a date night but can’t find a baby sitter during summer time months? No worries at Harkins Theatre in Southlake. Harkins’ exclusive in-lobby children’s PlayCenter offers a supervised, engaging environment where children ages 3 through 8 can play games, read books, enjoy toys, and of course, watch movies, just steps from where Mom and Dad will be watching. PlayCenter staff members are trained professionals who work exclusively in the PlayCenter. They are background checked and fingerprinted. Walk-ups are welcome and reservations are recommended.

When: The PlayCenter is open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Harkins Theatre Southlake 14, Highway 114 and Southlake Blvd., Southlake

Info: 817-310-0345, http://www.harkinstheatres.com/playcenter.aspx

Cost: $6 per child

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Want to get at family four-pack of movie tickets to the brand new Studio Movie Grill in Colleyville? Comment below with the answer to this question: “What is your all-time favorite family film?” for a chance to win 4 tickets to Studio Movie Grill in Colleyville.

Last day to enter is 5 p.m., Monday, June 30, 2014. (Note: Deadline extended)

The Prize: Winners will receive 4 movie tickets to Studio Movie Grill in Colleyville. Tickets are non-transferable and can only be used at this location. Winners will be notified via Facebook message and must reply within 48 hours or forfeit their prize. Last day to enter is 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

One entry per person, please. Employees of Mom2MomDFW.com, the Star-Telegram and their families are not eligible to enter. Only online entries will be accepted. Good luck!

CONTEST RULES: Entries must be submitted by the contest deadline. Must be at least 18 years of age to enter or win. Winners will be selected by random drawing from all online entries received within submission period. Winner will be notified by Facebook message at the end of submission period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have dues dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Star-Telegram.com, mom2momdfw.com, dfw.com and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to enter or win. By entering, winner consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

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