Free (Or Cheap) Summer Movies


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

First Friday Town Market and Movie on James Island

Join us for FIRST FRIDAY at the Town Market on James Island! Over 60 local vendors, food trucks, produce, sweet treats, live music, a jump castle, a free movie on the big screen at dusk, a petting zoo, horse rides, and more! Rain or shine!

Date(s): Takes place the first Friday of every month.

Location: 1122 Dills Bluff Rd. Charleston, 29312

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. 2022 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

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 movies for kids at Regal. Bring the family to the nearest Regal theatre for our 2023 Summer Movie Express series! Summer Movie Express tickets are just $2 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays featuring summer movies the whole family will enjoy. Availability varies by location, so select a movie from the posters above to see showtimes or check participating theatres for schedules.

Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse, which runs from June 19 through August 10, offers showings of family-friendly films for $1.50 per ticket (plus taxes and fees) every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Some locations will also offer additional showtimes on Mondays and Thursdays; customers can check with their local theater for showtimes.

Cinemark Movies 8 in Summerville is participating in the 2023 Summer Movie Clubhouse series.

View participating theaters here.

FREE Monday Night Movies at Citadel Mall

Monday nights are tough enough for dinner plans and entertaining the kids! Monday, June 19th – Monday, August 14th, 6 pm – 8 pm.

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.

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!