Free (and Cheap) Summer Movies in KC

2017 Edition

This summer, enjoy a Free (or Cheap) Movie at one of several area locations! We have your Guide to Free (and Cheap) Summer Movies in Kansas City!

Note: Parents are advised to review movies before attending. Not all movies are appropriate for all ages. Also, this list was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine and may not be reproduced in print or online without permission. Please email if you have an addition to this list.

Host your Own Outdoor Summer Movie

Plan a movie in your own backyard! Movies2U is Kansas City’s premier provider and facilitator of outdoor and indoor cinema events. From beginning to end, they deliver a 5-star experience that creates lasting memories. Movies2U will deliver crystal clear projection and superior quality audio on industry leader Epic Outdoor Cinema’s cutting edge inflatable screens. Visit for info.

Discounted Summer Movies in Kansas City

Cinemark Theatres Summer Movie Clubhouse: Two local Cinemark locations: the Country Club Plaza 526 Nichols Rd, KC, MO and Merriam 5500 Antioch, Merriam, KS. Shows run Mon-Thursday at 10am and Noon.  Purchase 10 Movies Passes for $5.00, or tickets can be purchased separately at the box office for $1.00 per show. Admission with a series punch card is limited to one person per card per movie, and valid only at the theatre where purchased. All films that have been selected are rated either G or PG. For more information, visit Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse. This summer's features include Secret Life of Pets, Lego Batman Movie, Trolls, Shrek the Third, Goosebumps, The Iron Giant, Hotel Transylvania 2, Megamind, The Angry Birds Movie, and Sing.

B & B Theaters Summer Movies: Locations: Overland Park 16 (formerly Palazzo 16 Theatre) 8601 W. 135th St., OP, KS. 913.814.7469, Shawnee 18 (formerly Westglen 18) 16301 Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS. 816-333.FILM.,Harrisonville Cineplex 2727 Cantrell Rd. Harrisonville, MO. 816.380.2500, KC Northland 14 (formerly Northglen 14) 4900 NE 80th St., KC, MO. 816.468.1100, Lee's Summit 16 (formerly Eastglen 16)1451 Northeast Douglas St., Lee's Summit, MO. 816.554.3386, Liberty Cinema 12 (Liberty Commons Sears Grand Shopping Center) 2101 West Kansas Liberty, MO. 816.781.1700, Grain Valley Marketplace 8 & GS  1131 North East McQuerry Rd. Grain Valley, MO. 816.559.7001, KC Extreme Screen Union Station 30 West Pershing KC, MO. 816.460.2020 Summer Kids Series Tues-Thurs at 10am and 12:30pm, $3/ticket or $2 for those with Backstage Pass. This summer's features include Storks, Lego Batman, Trolls, Ice Age Collision Course, Lego Movie, Kung Fu Panda 3, Iron Giant, and Peanuts.

Alamo Kids Camp: Alamo Drafthouse Main Street Cinema 1400 Main St., KC, MO. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp is an affordable way for families to watch great films together all summer.  Choose your own ticket price - $1-$3 and buy your tickets online to reserve your seats in advance.  100% of ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits working to make our community a better place.  For more information visit Alamo Kids Camp. 

Summer Movie Series Blue Springs 8 (1901 MO-7, Blue Springs, MO. 816.224.0551). Mon - Thurs 10am & 12:30pm. $2 at Box Office or $15 punch card for 10 movies. They show two movies a week and you choose the film you'd like to see. This summer's features include Kung Fu Panda, The Lorax, Kubo, Home, Despicable Me 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Lego Movie, Ice Age: Collision Course, The Secret Life of Pets, Hotel Transylvania, Storks, Angry Birds, Trolls, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Sing, Minions, SpongeBob SquarePants 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Rio, and Hotel Transylvania 2.

Movies in the Park  At Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park. $1/person. Gates open at 7:30, Movies start at 8:30 - 8:45 (depending on sunset). This summer's features include June 6: Moana. June 20: Sing. July 18: Pitch PerfectAugust 1: Finding Dory.

Cinetopia Overland Park Summer Kids Series. Tickets only $2.50 on Wednesdays at 10am and Noon. This summer's features include May 31: Yogi Bear, June 7: Trolls. June 14: Secret Life of Pets. June 21: Rio. June 28: Sing. July 5: Lego Batman. July 12: Space Jam. July 19: The Lorax. July 26: The Iron Giant.

FREE Summer Movies in Kansas City 2017

FREE Moonlight Movies on the Square: Independence Moonlight Movies are shown every Thursday at 9pm throughout the summer starting June 15. The movies are projected onto the side of the Pharaoh Theatre on the Independence Square. This summer's features include June 15: Sing. June 22: Secret Life of Pets. June 29: Despicable Me 2. July 6: Kubo and the Two Strings. July 13: Cars. July 20: Moana. July 27: Finding Dory. August 3: Lego Batman Movie. Note: This is an outdoor event and will cancel in bad weather.

Moo-vies at the Farmstead June 22, 7:30-10:30pm at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead 13800 Switzer Rd. Overland Park, KS. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us for our first ever Moo-vie Night at the Farmstead. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Moo-vie begins at dusk. The movie is Charlotte's Web, E.B. White's charming tale of a spider that befriends a piglet. Rated G. Run time 96 minutes

Free Movies in City Market Park on the final Fridays of June and July! City Market Park (3rd & Main) and Kansas City's beautiful skyline are the setting for neighbors from the surrounding communities to gather together on a summer evening and enjoy cult classic feature films. Admission is free. Come early and enjoy dinner at your favorite City Market restaurant and then head over to City Market Park for the signature Alamo Drafthouse pre-show at 8:30 p.m., and movies begin at 9:00 p.m. 2017 Schedule: June 30: The Life Aquatic (Rated R) Wear your red beanie or catch one in our beanie launch. And, July 28: The Big Lebowski (Rated R) Wear your bathrobe or bowling shirt, and you’ll be eligible to win prizes! Bring your lawn chair, blanket and cooler. Snacks, sweet treats and movie-themed items will be available from the Alamo Drafthouse cash-only concessions stand. 

FREE Movies in the Park: Lenexa Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars at one of our Movie in the Park events. We are partnering with Johnson County Library for these events. June 10: Lego Movie. July 8: Willy Wonka. Aug. 12: The Little Rascals. Sept. 15: The Mighty Ducks.

Popcorn in the Park: Liberty Bennett Park in Liberty, MO. Presented by Liberty Parks and Recreation, Popcorn in the Park is a FREE, fun, family friendly outdoor movie screening. Enjoy free popcorn while you watch the movie. You may also bring your own snacks and beverages. Please remember, alcohol is strictly prohibited. Don't forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs. This summer's features include May 26: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Aug. 25: Zootopia.

FREE Movies in the Park: Blue Springs  Rotary Park, 600 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO. Grab a blanket or bring your lawn chair and head to Rotary park for a FREE outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. This summer's features include June 16: Moana. August 4: Surf's Up.

Movie Night at the Barn July 22 at 9pm at Shawnee Town 1929. Bring your lawn chairs, sleeping bags, blankets and cushions were spread out all over the lawn and driveway in front of the farmstead's barn and much popcorn and drink lemonade. The evening begins with something new - a cartoon starring Mickey Mouse in "Steamboat Willie." Then, one of Charlie Chaplin's greatest films, the romantic comedy "City Lights." Admission: 1 nickel (Just like in the good ol' days!) - ALMOST FREE. For more information, please call (913) 248-2360.

Weekender at Crown Center Festivities begin at 5 p.m., music at 6 p.m., movie at approximately 9 p.m. Cap off your work week with top local bands and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a famous flick under the stars. This summer's features include July 7: The Parent Trap (1998). July 14: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. July 21: Remember the Titans. July 28: Jurassic World. August 4: Back to the Future. 816.274.8444

KC Library Off the Wall Series Movies on the second Friday of the month. Doors open at 8 p.m.Screenings begin at 8:45 p.m. at Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., KCMO on Rooftop Terrace, 5th Floor. Bring blankets and folding chairs (no glass containers, please!) to the Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library for an evening of downtown KC skyline cinema while enjoying popcorn provided by the Friends of the Library. Sample some locally brewed ales and lagers courtesy of Kansas City Bier Company. RSVP for each event by visiting the Film Screenings links or by calling 816.701.3407  This summer's features include MAY 12: Wayne's World (1992, PG-13, 1 hr 34 min.). JUNE 9: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995, PG-13, 1 hr 49 min.). JULY 14: Wet Hot American Summer (2001, R, 1 hr 37 min.). AUGUST 11: Harold & Maude (1971, PG, 1 hr 31 min.). SEPTEMBER 8: Spice World (1997, PG, 1 hr 33 min.)

Hyde Park Children's film Festival Hyde Park, 36th and Gillham, Kansas City, Missouri.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair to this fun, free evening in the park for the entire city. Featuring great movies, stunning entertainment, neat prizes and fantastic refreshments! Come out and enjoy the vibe! For more information, call 816.753.6719. This summer's features include June 2: Zootopia. June 9: Moana. June 16: Back to the Future. and June 23: Lego Batman Movie.

FREE Saturday Night Summer Movies: Briarcliff Village Briarcliff Trails of our Community proudly presented free outdoor movies for the whole family to enjoy! Movies are shown on Saturday nights during the summer at approx. 8:45 p.m./dusk at Mulberry Lake across from The Village at Briarcliff. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks! The summer lineup includes a variety of movies. This summer's features include June 3: Moana. June 10: Top Gun. June 17: The Jungle Book. July 8: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. July 15: Finding Dory. July 22: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

FREE Movies: Olathe Library at Olathe Downtown Library and Olathe Indian Creek Library. Register on the events page or call 913-971-6888. This summer's features include​ June 1: Guardians of the Galaxy & Goot. June 12: Pete’s Dragon. June 19: The Emperor’s New Groove. July 3: Trolls.

Film Series: Disney Classics Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for this four-week series exploring four of Walt Disney's most iconic and groundbreaking animated features. See the films and then get the background on these timeless classics.Registration Required. This summer's features include Mid- Continent Public Library Raytown Branch, 6131 Raytown Rd, Raytown, MO. June 7: Snow White.  June 14: Pinocchio. June 21: Bambi. June 28: Fantasia. Mid-Continent Public Library Lee's Summit Branch, 150 NW Oldham Pkwy, Lee's Summit, MO. July 1: Snow White. July 8: Pinocchio. July 15: Bambi. July 22: Fantasia. Mid-Continent Public Library North Oak, 8700 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO.  July 10: Snow White. July 17: Pinocchio. July 24: Bambi. July 31: Fantasia.

Inside Out Movie Night Bring the family out for a FREE night at the movies! Snacks and drinks will be provided! This summer's features include June 16 from 6:30-8:30pm at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church Raytown Campus, 5413 Blue Ridge Cut Off, Raytown, MO. June 30 at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church Blue Springs, 3609 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO. 

A Night Out and Movie at Macken Park 1002 East 27th Ave, North Kansas City, MO. Bring your family to Macken Park. There will also be food trucks and other activities for your family to enjoy. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, the movies will beginn at dusk.  This summer's features include June 23: Tomorrowland. July 28: Inside Out.

Frozen in July July 6 at 11:30am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Parkville Branch, 8815 Tom Watson Pkwy., Parkville, MO. Free. Be ready to enjoy some cool summer reading fun "Frozen" style. We will watch the sing-a-long version of "Frozen." We will sing and play along with this popular movie. Ages 4 and up. Registration is required.

Movies and Music in the Park: Gardner Cornerstone Park, 215 N. Center, Gardner, KS. This summer's features include Aug. 12: Monsters University. Sept. 9: TBD.

FREE Movies in the Park: Harrisonville FREE Summer Movies at the City Park Amphitheater! Bring your families, blankets & lawn chairs and enjoy a fun-filled evening watching a free movie under the stars in your very own Harrisonville City Park! Movies start at dusk! Concessions will also be available to enjoy! This summer's features include June 23: Trolls. July 21: Ice Age; Collision Course.

FREE Movie Night in the Park: Oak Grove Bring the whole family out to Webb Park to enjoy some time together!  There will be a movie shown outdoors on the big screen.  So bring your blankets and chairs and settle in for a night under the stars. If there is bad weather, the movie will be rescheduled.  Movies will be announced closer to event dates.  And be sure to check out the special "Dive In Movie Night" that will be held at the Oak Grove Pool on Friday, July 14th!
Dates:   Friday, June 9th, Friday, July 14th (Dive In Movie Night at the Pool) and Friday, August 18th

FREE Movies in the Park: Grain Valley The Armstrong Park Pavilion is the venue to catch some FREE family-friendly flicks.  Bring your blanket or lawn chairs, kids, and friends and enjoy a FREE show with GVPR!  *Concession stand will be open. This summer's features include June 2: Sing. Aug. 4: Moana.

Free Movie in the Park: Grandview Grandview, Missouri. This summer's features include June 23: The Blind Side at Grandview Amphitheater. July 14: Jungle Book at Mapleview Park. Aug. 4: Sully at John Anderson Park. Aug. 25: The Secret Life of Pets at Grandview Amphitheater.

Drive-In Theaters in the Kansas City Area

For more Summer Movie fun, trade in stadium seating for a bit of novelty this summer and take in a movie under the open sky. This summer, enjoy the nearly extinct novelty of the Drive-In Theater. Make it a family night and treat the kids to an evening they won't forget!

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