Aug 11 2010

How to See a Free Movie at Mall of America

Did you know that the theatres at Mall of America offer free family movies each Saturday, and additional showings on Wednesdays in the summer?  We were delighted to see The Sound of Music on the big screen today at no charge, which allowed us to indulge in popcorn and sodas.  Apparently a lot of other families had the same idea, because the theater was nearly full, and one of the staff members commented that it was a great turnout.  Movies vary from animated to old-fashioned, but are always family-friendly.

Since this was our first time at the Free Family Flicks, we weren’t sure exactly how it would work.  Here’s what you need to know if you go.

  1. Check the Free Family Flicks listings on the Mall of America Theatres website.  (You may need to scroll to the bottom of the page for dates and times.)
  2. Show up at the theater about 20 minutes before the scheduled start time.  They won’t open the doors much before that.  Seats are first-come, first-served.
  3. You don’t need a ticket from the box office.  Just go inside the theatre and they’ll tell you which theater you’ll be in as you near the concession area.
  4. You may wish to patronize the concession area with some of the money you’re saving by not paying for tickets.  For $15.75, we got a huge bucket of popcorn with one refill, plus two large sodas.  It was plenty of snacks for the six of us.
  5. There are booster seats available just outside the theater door.  Small kids will probably need them, as the high-backed reclining seats make it hard for them to see the screen otherwise.
  6. Be in your seat on time, as you may be eligible for some giveaways.
  7. There were no ads or trailers before our movie began.
  8. Turn off your cell phone!
  9. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

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2 Comments to “How to See a Free Movie at Mall of America”

  1. debi9kids on 12 Aug 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I love that theatres do this during the summer! Ours do it as well here in PA.
    .-= debi9kids´s last blog ..Sweet Lord Russ is Being Laid Off =-.

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