Going to the movies is just a given in the summer for families looking for blockbuster fun, especially in an air-conditioned theater or, better yet, under a beautiful Colorado evening sky. The number of summer film series keeps growing and it can be a challenge to keep track of them all. The following round-up of flicks being screened, indoors and outdoors, should be helpful for friends and families planning summertime activities.
Most of the films are your typical family fare, namely animation and comedy — usually G- or PG-Rated. Not just for kids though, some line-ups include classic pop culture films from the 80s and 90s for adults.
Many offer family-friendly activities beforehand, so get there early. (Plus, the early bird gets the best seats. Don’t forget to bring chairs and/or blankets.)
And, if you don’t pack your own picnic or snacks, most offer concessions for sale — everything from the usual movie snacks to beer and wine for adults.
Most are FREE — if not, totally cheap. Showtimes vary, usually in the morning (around 10 a.m.) for the kids and at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.) for grown-ups and families.
Here’s what’s showing this summer…
(Denver) — Most Thursdays at dusk: May 12 to October 27 (Bonus screening: October 29), Cost: FREE
Stanley Marketplace’s Films on the Field
(Aurora) — Select Saturdays at dusk: May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26 and September 30, Cost: FREE
Denver Film Society’s Film On The Rocks
(Morrison) — Select Mondays at 8:30 p.m.: June 12, June 19, July 10, July 24 and August 21, Cost: $20
(Aurora) — Select dates at 7:30 p.m.: June 22 and June 29 with pre-show activities and FREE popcorn, Cost: $5
Cinema Saturdays at Auraria Campus
No info for 2023 (Denver) — Every Saturday in June at 7:30 p.m.: June 4, 11, 18 and 25, Cost: FREE
(Firestone) — Select Fridays at dusk: June 16, July 21 and August 18, Cost: FREE
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Alamo Kids Camp
(Denver, Littleton & Westminster) — Select dates with varying showtimes: All summer long with new titles weekly, Cost: $5
Harkins Theatres’ Summer Movie Fun Series
(Arvada & Denver) — Monday to Friday with 9:45 a.m. showtime: June 6 to July 29, Cost: $2 or Summer Movie Fun Pass for $8
Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express
(Denver, Lakewood, Littleton, Centennial and Sheridan) — Every Tuesday and Wednesday at around 10 a.m. from May 24 to September 7, Cost: $2
No info for 2023 (Denver) — Select Saturdays at 7 p.m.: June 25, July 23 and September 17, Cost: FREE (Tickets required)
Avanti Food & Beverage’s Summer Movie Series
(Denver) — Every Thursday at 9 p.m.: May 11 to September 14, Cost: FREE
Denver Film Society’s Sunset Cinema Series
(Denver) — Select dates at 7 p.m.: June 13, June 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25, Cost: FREE
MetroLux’ Summer Kids Movies Series
(Loveland) — Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. at MetroLux 12 Theatres at Centerra and every Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. at MetroLux Dine-In Theatres at the Foundry: June 13 to August 10, Cost: $2
Denver’s Central Park Outdoor Movie Series
(Denver) — Select Fridays at dusk: June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21 and August 18, Cost: FREE
Westminster’s Movies in the Park
(Westminster) — Select dates at 6:30 p.m.: June 30, July 14, August 11 and September TBD, Cost: FREE
Infinity Park’s Music & Movie Nights
(Glendale) — Select Mondays at 6:30 p.m.: June 26, July 10, July 17 and July 24, Cost: FREE
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park’s Dive-In Movies
(Denver) — Select dates at 7:30 p.m.: June 23, July 7 and July 14, Cost: FREE (with paid park admission or season pass)
Thornton’s Movies in the Park
(Thornton) — Select Fridays and Saturdays at dusk: June 3 to September 23, Cost: FREE
Little Man Ice Cream’s Flick Fridays
(Denver) — Select Fridays at dusk: July 7, August 4, September 1 and October 6, Cost: FREE
Historic Elitch Theatre’s Outdoor Summer Film Series
(Denver) — Select Fridays at dusk: July 8, July 22, August 5 and August 19, Cost: FREE
Northglenn’s Summer Movie Series
(Northglenn) — Every Wednesday at dusk: June 21, June 28, July 12 and July 19, Cost: FREE
Lafayette’s Movie Night Summer Series
No info for 2023 (Lafayette) — Select Fridays at dusk: June 17, July 15 and August 19, Cost: FREE
Golden’s Movies & Music in the Park
(Golden) — Select Fridays at dusk: July 7, August 4 and September 1, Cost: FREE
The following “cheap” movies run year-round, but also make for another summertime option:
Go back in time and enjoy a unique movie experience, thanks to Commerce City’s 88 Drive-In Theatre. The outdoor theatre shows a double-feature at dusk (around 8:20 p.m.) Thursday to Sunday — from June 2 to September 3. Tickets are $10 per person, with kids (11 & under) admitted for FREE.
Make Tuesday your day to go the movies! Every Tuesday, AMC Theatres offers Discount Tuesdays to its Stubs members, all year long. Ticket prices start at $6.50. Price varies by location.
In addition, AMC Theatres offers Fan Faves with popular movies back on the big screen at a discounted price. Tickets are just $5. The series plays on select dates. The line-up changes often, so check back on a regular basis for new titles.
Harkins Theatres’ Tuesday Night Classics
Every week, Harkins Theatres hosts its Tuesday Night Classics — a classic film plays every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $5. The discounted series plays at both of the chain’s Colorado locations — Arvada and Denver.
Landmark Theatres’ Monday & Tuesday Special
Every week, Landmark Theatres offers tickets for just $7 every Monday and Tuesday. Plus, the chain’s Mayan Theatre hosts a Retro Replay classic film series every Tuesday — with a new theme every month. And tickets are also just $7.
Regal Cinemas’ Regal Crown Club Value Days
Every Tuesday, Regal Cinema offers its Regal Crown Club Value Days with discounted tickets (including new releases!) for loyalty club members — starting at $5. (Special screenings excluded.) There is an upcharge for premium formats, including 3-D, 4-D, IMAX and RPX.
Even better, every Tuesday, Regal Crown Club members also get 50% off any size popcorn.