$1 Summer Movies for Kids in the Chicagoland Area

Calling all movie buffs: $1 summer movies for kids are back in action! When the summer heat becomes all too much, cool off at your local participating movie theater for some really (really!) cheap children’s flicks. These movies discounts generally don’t come alone; bring some extra cash for heavily discount popcorn, candy, and soda combos. It’s hard to think of a better way to beat the heat and fight the boredom . . . all while making your kids think you are one awesome parent!

$1 Movies for Kids in Chicagoland: Summer 2019

Classic Cinemas 2019 Wednesday Morning Movie Series

Running June 5th – August 7th, this series will run every Wednesday for 10 weeks and show G or PG rated films. Perfect for all ages and only $1 per person. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Come early to meet some of your favorite characters and join in on the fun games and activities. Movies will begin at 10:00 a.m. Classic Cinemas will take reservations for groups of 15 or more.

Participating locations below.

Classic Cinemas $1 Wednesday Morning Movie Schedule

  • June 5: Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
  • June 12: Trolls
  • June 19:  Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
  • June 26: Smallfoot
  • July 3: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  • July 10: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
  • July 17: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
  • July 24: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • July 31: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • August 7: Wonder Park

Participating Classic Cinemas Theaters

Lake Theater
1022 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 848-9088

North Riverside Mall Theatre
7501 West Cermak Road
North Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-9203

Tivoli Theatre
5021 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 968-0219

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York Theatre
150 North York St.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 834-0675

Ogden 6
1227 East Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 357-5050

Charlestowne 18
3740 E Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 587-3300

Regal Cinemas 2019 Summer Movie Express

Summer Movie Express features $1 family fun movies playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days.

Regal City North Stadium
2600 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(844) 462-7342 ext.1642

Regal Cinemas 2019 $1 Summer Movie Express Schedule

  • June 18 & 19: Lego Batman Movie and House with a Clock in its Walls
  • June 25 & 26: Teen Titans Go! to the Movies and Paddington 2
  • July 2 & 3: Despicable Me 3 and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • July 9 & 10: Lego Movie 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • July 16 & 17: Smallfoot and The Secret Life of Pets
  • July 30 & July 31: Sing and How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • August 6 & 7: Penguins of Madagascar and Boss Baby
  • August 13 & 14: Kung Fu Panda 3 and Lego Ninjago Movie
  • August 27 & 28: Madagascar and Shrek 2
  • September 3 & 4: How To Train Your Dragon and Storks

Studio Movie Grill 2019 Children’s Summer Series

SMG’s Children’s Summer Series, offers a budget friendly entertainment option for families, summer camps, and weekday programs to escape the summer heat to watch $1 screenings of recent, popular, children films. Each movie will be shown daily (Monday-Friday), in the range of dates below.

Studio Movie Grill
301 Rice Lake Sq.
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 480-9557

Studio Movie Grill $1 Children’s Summer Series 2019 Schedule

  • May 27 – May 31: Penguins of Madagascar
  • June 3 – 7: The Secret Life of Pets
  • June 10 – 14: Shrek
  • June 17 – 21: Despicable Me
  • June 24 – 28: Trolls
  • July 1 – 5: Despicable Me 2
  • July 8 – 12: Sing
  • July 15 – 19: Minion
  • July 29 – August 2: How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World
  • August 5 – 9: Captain Underpants
  • August 12 – 16: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • August 19 – 23: Puss in Boots
  • August 26 – 30: Penguins of Madagascar

Emagine Kids Summer Movie Series

Emagine
19965 South LaGrange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(779) 216-5200

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Emagine $2 Kids Summer Movie Series 2019

Starting in June, enjoy a kids movie all summer long on Wednesdays and Thursdays for $2. You can also get a small combo for $5 with purchase of kids summer movie series ticket.

  • June 12 and 13: The Secret Life of Pets
  • June 19 and 20: Despicable Me
  • June 26 and 27: Despicable Me 2
  • July 10 and 11: Despicable Me 3
  • July 17 and 18: Sing
  • July 24 and 25: The Grinch
  • July 31 and August 1: Minions
  • August 7 and 8: The Land Before Time
  • August 14 and 15: An American Tail

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

Ten fun films for kids at $1 per movie or $5 for all ten movies! Each location has a different schedule.

Cinemark $1 Summer Movie Clubhouse 2019 Locations and Schedules

Tinseltown USA: 10:00 am on Tuesdays
320 South Lincolnway
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 906-0496
See the flyer for a coupon for $2 off any large popcorn or fountain drink.

  • June 4: Despicable Me 3
  • June 11: Peter Rabbit
  • June 18: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • June 25: How To Train Your Dragon
  • July 2: Smallfoot
  • July 9: Kung Fu Panda
  • July 16: The Lego Movie
  • July 23: Spongebob Squarepants Out of Water
  • July 30: Sherlock Gnomes
  • July 8: Hotel Transylvania 3

Cinemark Theatres at Seven Bridges: 10:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays
6500 Route 53
Woodridge, IL 60517
(630) 663-8892
See flyer for a coupon for $2 off any large popcorn or fountain drink.

  • June 11 and 13: Peter Rabbit
  • June 18 and 20: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • June 25 and 27: How To Train Your Dragon
  • July 2 and 4: Smallfoot
  • July 9 and 11: Kung Fu Panda
  • July 16 and 18: The Lego Movie
  • July 23 and 25: Spongebob Squarepants Out of Water
  • July 30 and August 1: Sherlock Gnomes
  • August 6 and 8: Hotel Transylvania 3
  • August 13 and 15: Despicable Me 3

Cinemark Louis Joliet Mall: 10:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
3340 Mall Loop Drive
Joliet, IL 60431
(815) 267-8832
See flyer for a coupon for $2 off any large popcorn or fountain drink.

  • June 3, 5 and 6: Despicable Me 3
  • June 10, 12 and 13: Peter Rabbit
  • June 17, 19 and 20: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • June 24, 26 and 27: How To Train Your Dragon
  • July 1, 3 and 4: Smallfoot
  • July 8, 10 and 11: Kung Fu Panda
  • July 15, 17 and 18: The Lego Movies
  • July 22, 24 and 25: Spongebob Squarepants Out of Water
  • July 29 and 30, August 2: Sherlock Gnomes
  • August 5, 7 and 8: Hotel Transylvania 3

No one cranks the AC like a movie theater, but we’ve got plenty of other ways to beat the heat on a hot summer day at our list of indoor activities for kids!

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

2 Comments on "$1 Summer Movies for Kids in the Chicagoland Area"

  1. For the Classic Cinemas – is Charlestowne 18 not participating? Or did it just get left off because it’s too far west? It’s in St. Charles. I tried googling but couldn’t figure it out.

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