Kids’ Summer Movie Deals are Back for 2021!

Summertime movie deals are back! After being closed for much of 2020, movie theaters will certainly need a spot on your summer bucket list. Take a break from the heat and cool off at these heavily-discounted family-friendly movies. Will you get tickets to one of your favorites, or a new-to-you movie? Either way, don’t forget the popcorn.

New this year, many theaters now require you purchase tickets (and select seats) online in advance to ensure social distancing practices. Make sure to check the link for additional details before heading to the theater.

Summer Movie Deals for Kids in Chicagoland: Summer 2021

Classic Cinemas 2021 Wednesday Morning Movie Series

Running June 9 – August 11, 2021, this series will run every Wednesday for 10 weeks and show G or PG rated films. Perfect for all ages and only $2 per person. Seating will be reserved with online ticket sales, with spacing designated between each party. Movie start times will be staggered between 9:30am and 10:00am. Classic Cinemas will take reservations for groups of 15 or more. Participating locations are listed below.

Classic Cinemas $2 Wednesday Morning Movie Schedule

  • June 9: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • June 16: The LEGO Batman Movie
  • June 23: The Secret Life of Pets
  • June 30: Despicable Me
  • July 7: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • July 14: Abominable
  • July 21: The Angry Birds Movie 2
  • July 28: Trolls World Tour
  • August 4: The Croods: A New Age
  • August 11: Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Participating Classic Cinemas Theaters

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

See also
Family-Friendly Weekend Events: July 30–August 1 and Beyond

Elk Grove
1050 Elk Grove Town Center
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 228-9909

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

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

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

Kendall 11
95 Fifth Street
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 264-9831

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

Regal Cinemas 2021 Summer Movie Express

Summer Movie Express features $1 family fun movies playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Each week both movies play on both days. Select locations may vary their starting and ending weeks, so check the specific location for advance ticket sales. Participating locations are listed below.

Regal Cinemas 2021 $1 Summer Movie Express Schedule

  • May 25 & 26: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies & Wonder Park
  • June 1 & 2: Smurfs: The Lost Village & A Dog’s Way Home
  • June 8 & 9: Smallfoot & Playing with Fire
  • June 15 & 16: LEGO Movie & Storks
  • June 22 & 23: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs & The Emoji Movie
  • June 29 & 30: Pokemon Detective Pikachu & The LEGO Batman Movie
  • July 6 & 7: The Croods: A New Age & Muppet Movie
  • July 13 & 14: The LEGO Ninjago Movie & Trolls World Tour
  • July 20 & 21: Sonic the Hedgehog & Sing
  • July 27 & 28: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse & Angry Birds Movie 2
  • August 3 & 4: The LEGO Movie 2 & Minions
  • August 10 & 11: Kung Fun Panda & Despicable Me
  • August 17 & 18: How to Train a Dragon: The Hidden World & Madagascar
  • August 24 & 25: Goosebumps & Dora and the Lost City of Gold
  • August 31 & September 1: The Secret Life of Pets & Dolittle
  • September 7 & 8: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies & Wonder Park

Participating Regal Cinemas Theaters

As of June 8, 2021, Regal Cantera and Regal City North Stadium were not yet taking online reservations for these showings. Make sure to go to their online reservations and book in advance to confirm showtimes.

Regal Bolingbrook
1221 W. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(844) 462-7342

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Horseback Riding Stables and Farms Where Kids Can Saddle Up

Regal Cantera & RPX
28250 Diehl Road, Unit A
Warrenville, IL 60555
(844) 462-7342

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

Studio Movie Grill 2021 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 $6 screenings of popular children’s films. New this year, each ticket includes a small popcorn and small drink. The movie will be shown daily (Monday – Friday), in the range of dates below.

Studio Movie Grill Children’s Summer Series 2021 Schedule

  • May 31 – June 4: Spirit
  • June 7 – 11: Shrek
  • June 14 – 18: Despicable Me
  • June 21 – 25: Secret Life of Pets
  • June 28 – July 2: Sing
  • July 5 – 9: Despicable Me 2
  • July 8 – 12: Minions
  • July 12 – 16: The Muppet Movie
  • July 19 – 23: Kung Fu Panda
  • July 26 – 30: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • August 2 – 6: Trolls World Tour
  • August 9 – 13: The Croods: A New Age
  • August 16 – 20: Abominable
  • August 23 – 27: Madagascar
  • August 30 – September 3: The Grinch

Participating Studio Movie Grill Theater

Studio Movie Grill
301 Rice Lake Sq.
Wheaton, IL 60189
(331) 236-0728

See also
Kid-Friendly Stops on the BNSF Metra Line

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

Eight fun films for kids at $1.50 per movie. All showings are on Wednesdays, starting at 9:30am. Enjoy a $1 off discount on snacks during the Summer Movie Clubhouse showings.

Cinemark $1.50 Summer Movie Clubhouse 2021 Schedules

  • June 16: Trolls World Tour
  • June 23: The Secret Life of Pets 2
  • June 30: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • July 7: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • July 14: The Angry Birds Movie 2
  • July 21: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
  • July 28: Minions
  • August 4: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Participating Cinemark Theaters

Cinemark Louis Joliet Mall
3340 Mall Loop Drive
Joliet, IL 60431
(815) 267-8832

Tinseltown USA
320 South Lincolnway
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 906-0496

Cinemark Spring Hill Mall and XD
2000 Spring Hill Mall
West Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 844-1089

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

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of three children, ages 7, 5, and 2. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

2 Comments on "Kids’ Summer Movie Deals are Back for 2021!"

  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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