Beat boredom with local summer movie series


Movies can be a great way to spend a hot summer day – either in air-conditioned theaters or outside after the sun has gone down. There are many options for free or low-cost movies this summer to take advantage of, and Ripley’s free “Movies by the Bay” summer series will be throwing a bonus Star Wars party for the final screening of the season.

City of Jacksonville Beach Moonlight Movies

Catch a movie under the stars. The Jacksonville Beach Moonlight Movie series kicked off April 22 and will continue through the month of May. The movies are free and are shown on a large screen on stage at the Seawalk Pavilion. Movies start at 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and picnic before the movie. A vendor will be on site selling popcorn, candy and beverages.

May 13 - “Inside Out”

May 20 - “Max”

May 27 - “The LEGO Movie”

For more information, including restrictions, visit

Free ‘Movies by the Bay’

Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and St. Augustine Municipal Marina present the free summer movie series “Movies by the Bay.” Movies will run each Wednesday night from June 1-Aug. 3 at 8:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, located just behind Bayfront Mini Golf.

Guests should bring chairs or blankets for seating, and the schedule might change due to inclement weather. Ripley’s Red Train Tours will offer a complimentary shuttle from the garage at the Visitor Information Center on Castillo Drive; pick-ups begin at 7:30 p.m. at the train depot and run every 15-20 minutes until 8:20 p.m. The train will also transport guests back to the garage after the film.

On Wednesday Aug. 3, there will be a screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and a Star Wars party with games, free mini golf, prizes, characters and more starting at 7 p.m. All movies are rated PG with the exception of “Pixels” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which are both rated PG-13. The movie line-up is as follows:

June 1 – “Inside Out”

June 8 – “ET”

June 15 – “The Minions”

June 22 – “The Goonies”

June 29 – “Pixels”

July 6 – “Norm of the North”

July 13 – “Goosebumps”

July 20 – “The God Dinosaur”

July 27 – “Hotel Transylvania 2”

Aug. 3 – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express

Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express is back for 2016. The 9-week series begins June 14 and runs through Aug. 10. The movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All movies are rated G or PG and cost $1. A portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales of the Summer Movie Express movies will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. All movies begin at 10 a.m.; tickets are available for sale at the box office.

All three Regal Cinema locations in Jacksonville are participating in the program: Regal Beach Boulevard, 14051 Beach Blvd., Regal Avenues, 9525 Phillips Hwy. and Regal River City Marketplace, 12884 City Center Blvd. Visit for more information. Both movies for each week will play on both days.

June 14 – “The LEGO Movie”

June 15 – “Max”

June 21 – “Goosebumps”

June 22 – “Iron Giant: Signature Edition”

June 28 – “Pan”

June 29 – “The Smurfs 2”

July 5 – “Despicable Me 2”

July 6 – “Home”

July 12 – “Minions”

July 13 – “The Peanuts Movie”

July 19 – “Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip”

July 20 – “Curious George”

July 26 – “The Book of Life”

July 27 – “Hotel Transylvania 2”

Aug. 2 – “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”

Aug. 3 – “Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Aug. 9 – “The Croods”

Aug. 10 – “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse at Cinemark Tinseltown, a 10-week series of films rated G or PG, begins June 7 and runs through August 11. All show times are at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $1 per show when purchased at the box office or $5 for a 10-week series punch card when purchased in advance at the box office or at (while supplies last.)

Cinemark Tinseltown is located at 4535 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. For more information, call (904) 998-2122 or visit

June 7 and 9 – “Paddington”

June 14 and 16 – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”

June 21 and 23 – “The Peanuts Movie”

June 28 and 30 – “Pan”

July 5 and 7 – “Home”

July 12 and 14 – “The Boxtrolls”

July 19 and 21 – “The Sandlot”

July 26 and 28 – “Norm of the North”

Aug. 2 and 4 – “Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Aug. 9 and 11 – “Max”