Family dates at the movie theater nowadays can cost a pretty penny (especially if you take your flicks with a side of popcorn). But if saving money is the name of the game then you’re in luck. There are several nearby theaters kicking off their summer 2015 lineups with block-busting family-friendly movies—and offering free admission.
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Bowtie Cinemas
Tickets are given out on a first come first served basis at this summer series, featuring free flicks like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dragon 2 and The Croods. Both the Annapolis and Reston locations are located nearby kid-friendly eateries, so make it a true date with breakfast or lunch and a (gratis) movie.

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am (June 23-Aug. 19)

Harbour 9
2474 Solomons Island Rd. (Annapolis, Md.)
410-224-1145
OR
Reston Town Center 11
11940 Market St. (Reston, Va)
703-464-0816
Online: bowtiecinemas.com

Cobb Theatres
The more the merrier when you check out the free kids shows at this theater. Not only are large groups welcome, but if you have a crew of 25 or more you get discounts on popcorn and soda combos. In addition to newer blockbusters like The Lego Movie, you can catch some family classics like The Wizard of Oz. Good to know: Doors open at 9:30 am and there is only a same day ticketing option.

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am (June-August)

Cobb Village 12 Cinemas
1600 Village Market Blvd., SE (Leesburg, Va)
571-291-9462
Online: cobbtheatres.com

Marquee Cinemas
You get not one, but two films to choose from on each day of this summer movie series. For example, on July 8 you can see The Spongebob Movie or Paddington…or both.

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am (June-August)

Southpoint Cinema
5800 Southpoint Blvd. (Fredericksburg, Va)
540-710-0401
Online: marqueecinemas.com

Which movies are your kids looking forward to checking out this summer? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady