Free (Or Cheap) Summer Movies

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Summer is upon us in Charleston. The days are longer (and hotter) and it’s the perfect time to gather the family and head out for some entertainment. Be sure to keep these free (or cheap) movies in mind when planning your outings.

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.

Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer in Charleston!

Outdoor Movies

Cinema Under the Stars: Movies on the Green

Calling all movie buffs! Summer nights on Kiawah Island are here, so get ready to settle in for a family-friendly night out with our Movies on The Village Green series. Taking place every Wednesday in July, we’ll have Reel Good Time Bingo from 7 – 8 pm ahead of the 8:30 pm showing.

Date(s): July 3, 7 pm

Location: 165 Village Green Dr, Kiawah Island

Waterfront Music & Movies

Mount Pleasant residents and visitors bring blankets and chairs, sit back to enjoy an incredible sunset while listening to local musicians, and then watch an outdoor movie with the beautiful Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop. 2024 Movies TBD.

Movies begin at sunset (approx. 8:15 – 8:30 p.m.) Free admission & parking! Music and food sales begin at 6:00 weekly. FREE!

Date(s): Fridays in August

Location: Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

HWY 21 Drive-In Theater

Want to take a day trip to Beaufort, SC, or just make the trek up to a classic movie theater this summer? Than look no further than the Hwy 21 Drive-In Theater!

We are a drive-in movie theater with a concession stand and show double features on 3 screens. Check out what is playing here!

  • Concessions: The full menu includes funnel cakes, hot dogs, layered popcorn, and more!
  • Admission covers both movies on-screen
  • Arrive early, the line starts backing up at 6:00 PM

Date(s): Double features playing year around Thursday through Sunday

Location: 55 Parker Dr, Beaufort, SC 29906


Movies in Theaters

What if the sunshine turns to rain? What if it’s too hot to even hang out at the pool? Here are your indoor movie theater options!

Regal Cinemas

Summer is here, school is out, and this is your chance to spend some extra time with your kids. If you’re looking for affordable family activities, don’t miss Regal’s Summer Movie Express! During summer break, enjoy a series of great family movies returning to the big screen. Each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11AM, get Summer Movie Express tickets for just $1.

Find the movies your family wants to see and keep these dates close! Regal’s Summer Movie Express runs June 11 through August 7 at all participating theatres.

Summer Movie Clubhouse at Cinemark is nearly here—get your tickets now! Bring the kids and enjoy exciting big-screen entertainment for just $1.75* per ticket for each movie. Save even more on your visit with $1 OFF deals on kids’ snack packs and any size popcorn & drink combos during Summer Movie Clubhouse showtimes. Participating theatres will host Summer Movie Clubhouse on select days, June 10 through August 15. Be sure to check your local theatre for more Summer Movie Clubhouse fun!

Cinemark Movies 8 in Summerville is participating in the 204 Summer Movie Clubhouse series.

Terrace Theater

From throwback horror movies to our Summer Family Film Series and everything in between! The Terrace is your go-to place for movies and events you won’t find anywhere else in Charleston! Check out the schedule here.

Southeast Cinemas – Citadel Mall Stadium 16

2072 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston, SC 28461

Summer movies for Kids – $6, every Wednesday through July 31st.


Other Locations

FREE Monday Night Movies at Citadel Mall

June 13th – July 25th. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday nights are tough enough for dinner plans and entertaining the kids! Citadel Mall has FREE movies on the big screen in Center Court at 6 PM. Plus Kids Eat Free (with an adult meal purchase) at Chick-fil-A and Subway.

FJ Family Movie Night

Join us for a free movie night with the family. Come enjoy some popcorn and soft-serve ice cream! How to Train Your Dragon (The Hidden World) is the featured film. Bring a friend or a few and come hang out with us!

Date(s): June 19, 6:30 pm

Location: Fort Johnson Baptist Church

Movies at Dorchester Road Library

Summer Matinee Series

Enjoy movies and popcorn on select Mondays all summer long starting at 2 pm.

Summer Movie Series

Drop in every Thursday at 10:30 for a family-friendly movie.

Do you have a local family favorite for free or affordable movie outings? Be sure to let us know and we’ll add it to our list!

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