Summer Movies {2022}

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summer movies in daytonWarm Summer nights outside with the family are pretty close to perfection.
Summer movies on a warm evening with the fam is even better. Take advantage of some of the great local options to head out under the starry sky for a one-of-a-kind family movie night!

Or, beat the heat with some air-conditioned free & cheap options at local theaters!


Outdoor Summer Cinema

Crickets chirping, sun setting, the slightly cooler breezes blowing gently on my sweaty skin, and the quiet hum of another busy summer day winding down to a close. Some of my favorite childhood memories are just from playing outside at dusk. As an adult, that time of day this time of year is still one of my favorites.

The one thing that would make that time of night better? Sitting around in my camp chair while the girls spread out on an old blanket, watching the sun finish its descent, munching on popcorn, and watching a movie on the big screen.

Taking our girls to a local park, munching on treats from a food truck, and staying up late to watch movies is such a fun tradition! Here is our roundup of local FREE movies under the stars you can go to with your littles!

Saturday May 28 – Movies in the Park – The Sandlot – Franklin Community Park – Bring your blanket and/or chairs! Concessions start at 8:00 PM, the movie will start at twilight

Sunday June 5 – SouthBrook Encanto Movie Night – SouthBrook Christian Church -Join SouthBrook for a night of family fun as we watch Disney’s Encanto together under the night sky!  We will have Food Trucks and family-friendly activities, too!

Saturday June 11 – Movie Under the Stars– Dog -Greene County Parks & Trails – The fun starts when the sun goes down! Join Greene County Parks & Trails for a FREE family movie in the park under the stars. The park opens at 8:30pm with the movie starting around 9:15pm. Bring along a blanket or some chairs and enjoy.

Saturday June 25 –Movie Under the Stars – The Lost City– Caesar Ford Park – Bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy a free movie at the Park!

Don’t forget the bug repellant! Dusk is the mosquitoes’ favorite time of day! Also, bring water bottles and a snack, and maybe even a jacket – just in case!


Classic Summer Cinema

Summer Movie Clubhouse @ Cinemark Dayton South

June 15 – August 3, movies are only $1.50 and include Boss Baby, Scoob!, Sing 2, and more.

Summer Movie Express @ Regal Fairfield Commons

Showing fun films such as Teen Titans Go!, Smurfs, Wonder Park, and more for only $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this Summer.

Studio Ghibli Fest 

Studio Ghibli Fest continues for 2022. See website for dates, times, participating theaters, and film titles such as Ponyo and more.

Historic Plaza Theatre 

At only $5 per movie ticket, check their website for details and the great films they offer.

Family Film Series @Danbarry

Introducing… Free Summer Movie Series at Danbarry Cinemas – Chillicothe! Each Thursday at 10am from June 9 thru July with flicks including Paw Patrol, Space Jam, and more.


Don’t forget that local Drive-In Theatres are a fun local summer outdoor movie option as well!

Dixie Twin Drive-In


For more Summer fun, make sure to check out our Summer Ice Cream guide, enroll your kid(s) in a great Summer Camp, and peruse this DMC Summer Reading List.

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