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Summer Movie Express – $2 movies all Summer long!

The Regal Summer Express $2 movies is a highlight of our summer!  Who else is excited about seeing movies this summer with their family?  Over the years, Regal Cinemas has offered dozens of movies that are perfect for the whole family at an insanely low price. Kids love to go to the movies, even if it is a film they have already seen before. Many of the movies on the Cheap Summer Movie Schedule are cartoons and all are considered family friendly! Grab a couple dollars to enjoy the discounts and air conditioning all summer long. Check out the updated schedule for Regal below.

Regal Summer Movies 2023 Schedule

Families can enjoy kid friendly movies for just $2 per person. and offered on Tuesday and Wednesday all summer long.  The Regal Summer Movie Express has always been nation wide and budget friendly!

What is the fee for Regal Summer Movies?

Regal Cinemas will have movies at regular prices all week. Regal Summer Movie Express shows second run, family – friendly movies for only $2 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

What is the cost for adults at the Regal Summer Movies?

Some have asked if adults have to pay the full priced movie ticket. While parents with little ones would be thrilled to have $2 tickets for kids and a matinee price for the chaperone, that is not the case. All who attended the Regal Summer Movie Express enjoy $2 tickets. Adults including parents, grandparents, babysitters, and more can enjoy a $2 ticket. 

Now that our kids are older, we will absolutely be dropping off teens and our tween to enjoy a movie and air conditioning for a deep discount. Our kids will be using Regal Gift Cards to enjoy discounted concessions while watching movies.

Are the Regal Summer Movies all Rated G?

The Regal Summer Movie Express line up are all considered ‘family-friendly’.  While every family is different, most families are a good option for even little kids. Please check to see if a film is too scary or inappropriate for your family by reading online reviews. Most of the films are 2nd run movies and there is plenty of advice for parents. Films run in the Summer Movie Express are all G or PG ratings.

What Movies are Coming to Regal’s Summer Movie Express?

Find the movies your family wants to see and keep these dates close! Although Regal’s Summer Movie Express runs May 23 through September 6, individual theatres will only participate in the 9 weeks that align with the local school system’s summer break schedule. Summer Movie Express may not be available in all locations. Check out your local theater for details as this is just a guideline.

Will The Little Mermaid be shown at the Regal Summer Express?

Movie Goers can enjoy The Little Mermaid at Regal Cinemas, but not during the Summer Movie Express. The Little Mermaid will not be one of the $2 movies options. In fact, there are no Disney movies in the lineup for Regal Summer Movie Express. Most of the films are animated, but not one is Disney. Thank you to Dreamworks, Sony, and other family – friendly film companies for allowing their movies to be available at such a deep discount! I do wish we could see The Little Mermaid at the discount theater price, but alas, she is not part of this world.

Week 1 — May 23 & 24

Week 2 — May 30 & 31

Week 3 — June 6 & 7

  • Puss in Boots
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Week 4 — June 13 & 14

  • Sing
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Week 5 — June 20 & 21

Week 6 — June 27 & 28

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Week 7 — July 4 & 5

Week 8 — July 11 & 12

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • The Paw Patrol

Week 9 — July 18 & 19

  • The Bad Guys
  • Playing with Fire

Week 10 — July 25 & 26

  • Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
  • Sing 2

Week 11 — August 1 & 2

  • The Boss Baby: Family Business
  • Dolittle

Week 12 — August 8 & 9

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Curious George

Week 13 — August 15 & 16

  • Minions
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Week 14 — August 22 & 23

  • Shrek
  • Kung Fu Panda

Week 15 — August 29 & 30

Week 16 — September 5 & 6

  • Despicable Me 3
  • Spirit Untamed

What are the Concession Discounts during Regal Summer Movie Express?

Most Regal theaters have a ‘kids pack’ that is discounted. The best deal is to sign up for the FREE Regal club card. You will get points even for visiting during the Summer Discount days! Tuesdays you can also enjoy 50% off popcorn with the Regal Club Card. We have had one for years and we love the discounts.


regal summer movies schedule $2

Regal Summer movie express updated for 2019 dollar movies

Summer Movie Express has been an activity our family has enjoyed for more than a decade. Below are posts from the past! Feel free to check out information below, including free coloring sheets, but the schedules below are from cheap summer movie line ups.

The Regal Cinema Summer Movie Schedule is something I typically post on San Diego Deals and Steals Facebook.  This is the first year I will be sharing the Regal Summer Movie Express over here on Highlights Along the Way. The Summer Movie Express 2019 listing seemed like it needed to be here because it is nation wide! For those that have never heard of it before, Regal Summer Movie Express offers $1 matinee movies all summer long. This is the perfect outing for many families on a budget.

Regal Summer Movie Express is a morning matinee that is a great summer treat for families.  While all the movies are intended for kids, it is always best to check out the schedule beforehand.  Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. There are two movies to choose from.  Both movies play on Tuesday and Wednesday.

This Summer Movie series tends to get very popular.  Sometimes school and daycare groups bus in dozens of kids.  It is a good idea for your family to be there early.  In our area it is quite popular.  We get there about thirty minutes early and find that is plenty of time.  Ask your Regal Cinema employee what they think is best.  Some theaters are sure to be busier or slower than ours.

The Regal Summer Movie Express is nine weeks long.  Dollar movies begin on June 19th.  You can enjoy the series until August 15th.  Over the years we have enjoyed a fun movie and cheap air conditioning most of July and August.  While all of the movies are second run movies, we haven’t seen many of them.  Even if we have seen the movie, it is only a dollar, and it is fun to see it on the big screen.

Each Regal Cinema has a different schedule for the 2018 Movie Express.  Make sure to check your closest Dollar Movie Listings. Below is an example of the schedule for our closest theater.  Each theater will have the same movies, but the dates are often swapped.  Remember that both movies play on both days.

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This is the actual schedule for the 2018 Regal Movie Express for San Diego – please see the link for your closest theater’s schedule.  This is an example of our closest Southern California theater.  As in year’s past, each week has TWO choices!

Week 1 Tue. Jun 18 to Wed. Jun 19 Lego Batman Movie  / House With A Clock In Its Wall

Week 2 Tue. Jun 25 to Wed. Jun 26 House With A Clock In Its Walls / Paddington 2 

Week 3 Tue. Jul 02 to Wed. Jul 03  Despicable Me 3 / Dr. Suess’ The Grinch (2018)

Week 4 Tue. Jul 09 to Wed. Jul 10  LEGO Movie 2 / How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Week 5 Tue. Jul 16 to Wed. Jul 17 Smallfoot / Secret Life Of Pets

Week 6 Tue. Jul 23 to Wed. Jul 24 LEGO Movie / Captain Underpants

Week 7 Tue. Jul 30 to Wed. Jul 31 Sing / How to Train Your Dragon 2

Week 8 Tue. Aug 06 to Wed. Aug 07 Penguins of Madagascar / The Boss Baby

Week 9 Tue. Aug 13 to Wed. Aug 14  Kung Fu Panda 3/ LEGO Ninjago Movie

Week 10 Tue. Aug 20 to Wed. Aug 21  Trolls/ Minions

Week 11 Tue. Aug 27 to Wed. Aug 28 Madagascar / Shrek 2

Week 12 Tue. Sep 03 to Wed. Sep 04 How to Train Your Dragon / Storks




Below I am keeping last year’s schedule because many of these movies we included printables and other fun that you can still enjoy even though the movie line up is outdated =) Enjoy!

Week 1 – Tue. Jun 19 to Wed. Jun 20 
Storks /Mr. Sherman and Peabody

Storks note – (As a family through adoption, we weren’t fans of this movie – read why)


Week 2 – Tue. Jun 26 to Wed. Jun 27 

Despicable Me 2  / How to Train Your Dragon 2

Free printable coloring sheets and activity sheets for How to Train Your Dragon 2

Free printable coloring sheets for Despicable Me 3

Week 3 – Tue. Jul 3 to Wed. Jul 4 

The LEGO Movie  /Alvin & The Chipmunks

FREE Printable The LEGO Movie activity book!


Week 4- Tue. Jul 10 to Wed. Jul 11 

Sing! / The Peanuts Movie

Sing wasn’t our favorite – but here are some FREE Sing Movie Printables

Free printables for The Peanuts Movie


Week 5 – Tue. Jul 17 to Wed. Jul 18

The LEGO Ninjago Movie / Ferdinand

Read about the press junket for The LEGO Ninjago Movie here

Here are some FREE The LEGO Ninjago Movie Printables


Week 6 – Tue. Jul 24 to Wed. Jul 25 

Secret Life of Pets / Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakquel


Week 7 – Tue. Jul 31 to Wed. Aug 1 

The LEGO Batman Movie / Trolls

Trolls was one of our favorite movies! Here are some free Trolls printable coloring sheets!


Week 8 – Tue. Aug 7 to Wed. Aug 8 

Minions / Boss Baby

Boss Baby Free coloring sheets


Week 9 -Tue. Aug 14 to Wed. Aug 15

Paddington 2 / Captain Underpants


Dollar summer movie schedule

We love that this fun summer outing is also a fundraiser for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.


Until Next Time ~ Kate
Categories:  Entertainment, Thrifty Stuff
  1. Carissa says:

    I definitely want to try to get to Trolls – our whole family loves that movie, but never saw it on the big screen. Aiming to see quite a few others as well!

  2. Leah S says:

    Thank you for the list! I look forward to taking my kids to these dollar movies every summer!

  3. Janet W. says:

    A lot of these movies my grandsons haven’t seen yet. They would love Secret Life of Pets! The characters are adorable!!

  4. Terry says:

    I love that these are $1.00 movies. I wish we had a theater where I live offer these type of deals as it is a great way to spend time with the kids in the summer when wanting to go indoors.

  5. ellen beck says:

    We have matinees here, but this is even better! I am glad you posted it here. I know many bloggers have more than one blog, but there are plenty of us h know a person only through one not many!

  6. Cory Boll says:

    We always look forward to this each summer! Thank you for the list 🙂

  7. Christine says:

    This is a great idea to keep the kids entertained this summer!

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