In the summer everyone wants a cool place to go. In Phoenix, summer-like weather typically lasts about five months, and most days see the temperatures hit 100 F or more. If you're visiting Phoenix with your children, one local favorite to beat the heat is catching affordable summer movies in nicely cooled theaters weekday mornings. The best deal is if you buy the summer-long pass, but even if you're just passing through, the admission cost of $1 or $2 is a great offer.
Harkins Theaters in the Phoenix area and the UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center in Maricopa have summer theater offerings that you might want to consider if you're looking to beat the heat with your children. Maricopa is considered a suburb of the Phoenix metropolitan area and is located 35 miles south of downtown Phoenix.
Harkins Movie Theatres
Every year, Harkins, which owns and operates many of the movie screens in the Phoenix area, offers a summer movie program for children, where kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks for less than $1 per film. Harkins screens some of Hollywood's best family films to keep kids entertained and cool during the summer. Typically, these movies are rated G or PG and are already on DVD or close to being released on DVD. The 2018 summer movies are "The Smurfs: The Lost Village," "The Lego Ninjago Movie," "The Boss Baby," "Despicable Me 3," "Sing," "Ferdinand," "The Emoji Movie," "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," "Paddington 2," and "Kubo and the Two Strings."
Dates in 2018: May 28 through August 3
Times: All movies are scheduled for 9:45 a.m.
Tickets: 10 movies for $7
Where: Arizona Mills 25, Arrowhead Fountains 18, Chandler Crossroads 12, Chandler Fashion 20, Christown 14, Estrella Falls 16, Gateway Pavillions 18, Metrocenter 12, Norterra 14, North Valley 16, Park West 14, Queen Creek 14, Santan Village 16, Scottsdale 101 14, Shea 14, Superstition Springs 25, and Tempe Marketplace 16
Age: Movies are intended for children 13 and under. Children need an adult to attend with them. Adults are permitted only when accompanied by a child. Children 2 and under do not need a ticket but may be required to sit on your lap if there is limited seating available. Buy a ticket for the little ones if you want to be guaranteed that they can have their own seat.
Details: Choose your day, choose your theater, and buy your tickets at the theater, not online and not by phone. All the movies are purchased as a set; they must be for the same movie theater and same day of the week. Tickets often sell out early, so don't assume you can wait to buy your summer movie package.
If ticket packages have not sold out, there may be tickets at some theaters at the box office later in the summer season on a first-come, first-served basis on the morning of the movie for $2 each. If that theater has sold out its ticket packages, no individual tickets will be sold.
The concession stand will also offer a "Harkins Kids' Combo" for $5.50 which includes popcorn, fruit snacks, and a drink.
The UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle offers an annual Summer Kids' Movie Series. Typically, these movies are rated G or PG and are already on DVD or close to being released on DVD. They are all presented in 2D format. When bought as a package, each movie costs 50 cents, airing every weekday in the morning.
Dates in 2018: Monday through Friday, May 28 through August 3
Tickets: 10 movies for $5
Times: All movies are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m.
Where: The UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle in Maricopa
Details: To purchase a movie series pass, select the day of the week that you would like to attend for the one-time ticket price of $5. Each week, you return on the same day to see all 10 weeks of films. Tickets for individual days (not preselected in advance) can be purchased at the door for $1 each, if available.
The 2018 movies for the UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle are the same as the Hawkins theaters.
The UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center features movies, bowling, dining, live music, laser tag, arcade gaming, a "Gamer Cave," and corporate as well as private event facilities. In 2012, the Ak-Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa Indian Reservation, a federally recognized tribe and Native American community located in the Santa Cruz Valley, opened the $50 million, 165,000-square-foot entertainment complex.