Tampa Bay Area Family Movie Events: January 2015

Popcorn and a movie ticketI’ve compiled this list of FREE and really cheap movies you and your family can enjoy this month in Tampa Bay. At the bottom of this post, there is even a list of classic drive-in theaters.

Plus! Scroll down to find out what AMC Theater Sensory-friendly Films will be coming this fall.

Here’s what’s you and the kids can look forward to this month:

~~~ FREE MOVIES ~~~

Sunsets at Pier 60 Sunset Cinema
Time:
Movies begin at dusk
Date: Every Friday and Saturday night, weather permitting
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and soft drinks are available for sale
Register/Info: (727) 449-1036; Sunsets at Pier 60 Calendar

What’s Doing?
Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily FREE family festival that includes artisans and crafters, street performers, musical entertainment and, of course, a beautiful sunset every night! Every Friday and Saturday night you can also enjoy a FREE film screening. Bring a blanket or low chair, and watch a movie on the jumbo screen. Here’s what you’ll be seeing on the big screen:
– Thursday, January 1: Draft Day (PG-13)
– Friday, January 2: Step Up All In (PG-13)
– Saturday, January 3: Men in Black 3 (PG-13)

– Friday, January 9: The Flintstone’s (PG)
– Saturday, January 10: The Good Lie (PG-13)

– Friday, January 16: Up (PG)
– Saturday, January 17: The Identical (PG)

— Friday, January 23: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990, PG)
— Saturday, January 24: Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)

— Friday, January 30: The Boxtrolls (PG)
— Saturday, January 31: The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG)

Pier 60 Sunset Cinema January 2015 Schedule

Address:
Sunsets at Pier 60
10 Pier 60 Drive
Clearwater, FL 33767

Sunset Cinema January 2015 Schedule image courtesy of Pier 60

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SMG TOONS! Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A. Prep School
Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Every weekend in January, Friday through Sunday.
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: Tickets are only $3.
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
Families can check out popular children’s television and direct-to-DVD titles on the movie screen during this compact, hour-long movie experience for little ones.

NOTE: Toons play at select SMG locations every Friday-Sunday at 11 a.m. Movie subject to change. Check the SMG Tampa website to confirm the movie title.

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

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Saturday Matinee
Time:
1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2014
Location: New Tampa Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; Hillsborough County Public Library Program Calendar

What’s Doing?
Relax and enjoy a movie with your family. Refreshments will be provided.

Address:
New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

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Popcorn and a Movie
Time:
2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 3, 2015
Location: Land O’Lakes Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 929-1214; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Grade K-5th) On the first Saturday of each month, families can watch a newly released G- or PG-rated film and enjoy free popcorn and juice.

Address:
Land O’Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes,FL 34639

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Superhero Series at Studio Movie Grill
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: Tickets are only $3 with NO online booking fees!
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
SMG brings the Marvel Comics superfecta back to the big screen with this super movie line-up:
– Wednesday, January 7: The Avengers
– Wednesday, February 4: Iron Man
– Wednesday, March 4: Captain America
– Wednesday, April 1: Thor
Check the SMG website after April 1 for the next installment of movies in the Super Hero Series.

SMG Super Hero Series 2015 Flyer

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

SMG Super Hero Series 2015 Flyer image courtesy of Studio Movie Grill

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Friday Movie Matinee
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
Location: Palm Harbor Library
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Register/Info: (727) 784-3332; Palm Harbor Library Website

What’s Doing?
Why wait with your name on the “Reserve List?” Enjoy this 2014 production starring Tom Cruz and Emily Blunt. Phone the library for movie title and other details. Registration is required.

Address:
Palm Harbor Library
2330 Nebraska Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

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2nd Friday Movies in the Park
Time: 6 p.m.-end
Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
Location: Largo Central Park
Cost: FREE admission
Register/Info: (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Pack up your blankets and chairs to enjoy a movie on the lawn. On the second Friday of every month October-May The City of Largo Special Events division will feature a movie on the big screen.

Movies will begin at dark with a FREE family-friendly activity one-hour prior to the show.

While in the park you can also enjoy our NEW Farmers Market operated by Jen’s Market from 3-7 p.m. The market will be located in the parking lot, north of the movie field. Coolers are welcome (no alcohol, please), and concessionaires will be on site with a variety of food and snacks for sale.

2014/2015 Movie Titles and Dates:
– January 9: Planes
– February 13: Frozen
– March 13: The Lego Movie
– April 10: Despicable Me 2
– May 8: Field of Dreams

Address:
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

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Family Movie Maddness
Time:
2-3:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Location: Hudson Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 861-3040; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a movie on the big screen with FREE popcorn and a drink. Call (727) 861-3040 for the title.

Address:
Hudson Regional Library
8012 Library Road
Hudson, FL 34667

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Cinema Saturday
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a newly released movie. Please call the Library for movie title.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Family Movie Night
Time:
5-7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Location: South Holiday Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 834-3331; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite blanket, and friends for a fun, family-friendly feature film. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

Address:
South Holiday Branch Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL 34690

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Children’s Movie: The Pirates: Band of Misfits
Time:
3:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Location: Safety Harbor Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 724-1525, ext. 4118; City of Safety Harbor Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a movie at the library. Free snacks will be provided. Call the library for more information.

Address:
Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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Classic Cartoon Celebration
Time:
1-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: Clearwater Main Library
Cost: The movie is FREE. Food available at regular menu prices.
Register/Info: (727) 562-4970; Clearwater Public Library System Website

What’s Doing?
Children up to 18 and their families. Experience the heyday of vintage cartoons and TV shows of the 80s and 90s. A day of nostalgia with cartoons and TV shows from that era.

Address:
Clearwater Main Library
100 North Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755

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Family Rewind
Time: 7 p.m. (Wed.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 & Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: Tickets are only $3
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
Family Rewind features a favorite movie from childhood.

Now Playing: The Goonies (PG) – In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate’s ancient treasure.

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

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Special Needs Screening: “Paddington”
Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: Special Needs screenings are FREE for children with special needs and their siblings, with adult tickets available for $6.
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
Special Needs screenings run with the lights up and the sound down, and children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie.

Now Playing: Paddington (PG) – A family befriends a talking bear at a London train station.

NOTE: All dates and titles subject to change.

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

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Free Family Popcorn & Movie
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Hugh Embry Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (352) 567-3576; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 12 and younger with a parent/guardian) Come watch a recently released movie, and enjoy some popcorn and juice.

Address:
Hugh Embry Branch Library
14215 Fourth Street
Dade City, FL 33523

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Movies in Sims Park
Time:
6:15-8:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Sims Park
Cost: FREE admission. Concessions will be available.
Register/Info: (727) 841-4560; City of New Port Richey Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the family for a FREE outdoor movie. This month, Maleficent will be showing in the park.

Movies in Sims Park January 2015 Flyer

Guests are asked to bring chairs or a blanket.

Address:
Sims Park
Grand Boulevard and Bank Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Movies in Sims Park January 2015 Flyer image courtesy of Pasco County Parks and Recreation

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Avalon Park West January 2015 Movie Under the Stars FlyerMovie Under the Stars
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: Avalon Park West
Cost: The movie is FREE. Food can be purchased at regular menu prices.
Info: Call (813) 783-1515 for more information and weather updates. Avalon Park West Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
All you need to bring is a blanket or chairs. Savanna Church will be handing out the FREE hot cocoa and popcorn!

Address:
Avalon Park West
32659 Coldwater Creek Loop
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

January 2015 Movie Under the Stars Flyer image courtesy of Avalon Park West

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Special Needs Screening: “Strange Magic”
Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: Special Needs screenings are FREE for children with special needs and their siblings, with adult tickets available for $6.
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
Special Needs screenings run with the lights up and the sound down, and children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie.

Now Playing: Strange Magic (PG) – A fairy tale of goblins, fairies and imps meeting for the first time and the consequent confusions and conflicts the culture clash causes.

NOTE: All dates and titles subject to change.

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

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Children’s Popcorn and a Movie
Time: 1:15-3:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Location: New River Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 788-6375; Pasco County Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
(Grades K-3rd) Children are invited to watch a movie at the library. Call the library for movie title.

Address:
New River Branch Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyrhills, FL 33543

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Chick-fil-A Movie Night: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
Time: Dusk (approximately 7 p.m.)
Date: Saturday, Janaury 31, 2015
Location: Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
Cost: The movie is FREE. Food can be purchased at regular menu prices.
Info: Call (813) 908-0787 for more information and weather updates. Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring friends and family for dinner and a movie – outside in the Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry parking lot. Watch the movie on the big projector screen, complete with popcorn and cotton candy. This month features the movie: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2. Bring chairs and blankets.

NOTE: This event is weather permitting. Call (813) 908-0787 with any questions regarding cancellations or delays. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring chairs/blankets for the event.

Address:
Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
15801 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618

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~~~ SENSORY-FRIENDLY MOVIE ~~~

AMC Sensory-Friendly Film: PADDINGTON
Time:
10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Participating AMC Theaters
Cost: Regular ticket prices apply
Register/Info: AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Films Website

What’s Doing?
AMC Theaters, in partnership with The Autism Society, offer AMC Sensory-Friendly Films to families affected by autism. Come watch in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. (NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.)

— Saturday, January 24, 2015: Paddington
– Saturday, Feb 14, 2015: Spongebob Square Pants: Sponge Out of Water
– Saturday, March 28, 2015: Home
– Saturday, April 18, 2015: Underdogs
– Saturday, May 30, 2015: Tomorrowland
– Saturday, June 27, 2015: Inside Out
– Saturday, July 18, 2015: Minions
– Saturday, Aug, 2015: TBD
– Saturday, Sep 26, 2015: Hotel Transylvania
– Saturday, Oct 17, 2015: The Jungle Book
– Saturday, Nov 14, 2015: The Peanuts Movie
– Saturday, Dec 5, 2015: The Good Dinosaur

All shows are at 10:00 am local time. Dates and films are subject to change.

NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.

Address:
AMC The Regency 20
2496 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 685-3396

AMC Veterans Expressway 24
9302 Anderson Road
Tampa, FL 33634
(813) 243-4881

AMC Woodlands Square 20
3128 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(727) 771-6643

AMC Tri-City 8
5140 East Bay Drive
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 531-5796

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~~~ DRIVE-IN THEATERS ~~~
Drive-ins not only offer nostalgia, they also offer movies at a discount. Help support these historic theaters by sharing this unique experience with your children. Check the sites below to see what family-friendly movies are playing this week.

Ruskin Family Drive-In Website
5011 US Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572

— $6/person, $1/child (age 5-8), FREE for children 4 years old and younger with their own parents (CASH ONLY; admission includes BOTH movies); Food and drinks available for purchase at the concession stand.

Joy-Lan Drive-In Website
16414 US Highway 301
Dade City, FL 33523
(352) 567-5085

— $5/person (age 10+), $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar; FREE parking

Silver Moon Drive-In Website
4100 New Tampa Highway
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 682-0849

— $5/person (age 10+), $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar; FREE parking

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Popcorn image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Popcorn image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Studio Movie Grill’s Super Hero Series 2015

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: First Wednesday of the month
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: Tickets are only $3 with NO online booking fees!
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
SMG brings the Marvel Comics superfecta back to the big screen with this super movie line-up:
– Wednesday, January 7: The Avengers
– Wednesday, February 4: Iron Man
– Wednesday, March 4: Captain America
– Wednesday, April 1: Thor
Check the SMG website after April 1 for the next installment of movies in the Super Hero Series.

SMG Super Hero Series 2015 Flyer

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

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RELATED LINKS:
1. Our Family Night Out at the NEW Studio Movie Grill at University Mall
2. Inexpensive Movies for Families at Studio Movie Grill this Holiday Season

Film strip image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
SMG Super Hero Series 2015 Flyer image courtesy of Studio Movie Grill

Inexpensive Movies for Families at Studio Movie Grill this Holiday Season

Holiday Special at SMG: The Muppet Christmas CarolHoliday Special: The Muppets Christmas Carol (G) at Studio Movie Grill (SMG)
Time:
5 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: $2 tickets
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
Celebrate the holidays with family and friends as SMG brings you family favorites. Playing tonight: The Muppets Christmas Carol. The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

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Holiday Special at SMG: It's a Wonderful LifeHoliday Special: It’s a Wonderful Life (PG) at Studio Movie Grill (SMG)
Time:
5 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: $5 tickets
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
Celebrate the holidays with family and friends as SMG brings you family favorites. Playing tonight: It’s a Wonderful Life. In this holiday classic, an angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman (played by James Stewart) by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

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AsterikRead about Our Family Night Out at Studio Movie Grill to see Big Hero 6.

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SMG Toons: Chuck & FriendsSMG Toons: Chuck & Friends (G) at Studio Movie Grill (SMG)
Time:
11 a.m.
Date: Friday, December 26, 2014; Saturday, December 27, 2014 & Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: $2 tickets
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
Families can check out popular children’s television and direct-to-DVD titles on the movie screen during this compact, hour-long movie experience for little ones. Toons play at select SMG locations every Friday-Sunday at 11 a.m.

In Chuck & Friends, Chuck and his friends — Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer and Flip — are back for more adventures, so get ready to throw fun into high gear! Join in the excitement of stories from The Adventures Of Chuck And Friends: Rev Your Engines! that are guaranteed to have you learning, laughing, singing along and, of course, revving your engines with enjoyment!

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

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Film strips image: Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
SMG Toons! and Holiday Specials images courtesy of Studio Movie Grill

Special Needs Screening: “Annie” at Studio Movie Grill (SMG)

SMG Special Needs Screening of Annie image Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014
Location: Studio Movie Grill
Cost: FREE for children with special needs and their siblings. Everyone else pays before noon matinee price.
Register/Info: (813) 241-3800; Studio Movie Grill Website

What’s Doing?
Special Needs screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings. Everyone else pays before noon matinee price. Special Needs screenings run with the lights up and the sound down so the children are free to laugh, play, sing and even dance while they watch. Seating will be first come, first served.

In Annie, usiness tycoon and mayoral candidate Benjamin Stacks launches a campaign to take in Annie, a young girl who has been living with her mean foster mom, Miss Hannigan, since her parents left her as a baby.

Address:
Studio Movie Grill Tampa
University Mall
12332 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

SMG Special Needs Screening Logo image courtesy of Studio Movie Grill

FREE (Or Really Cheap) Family Movies: December 2014

Popcorn and a movie ticketI’ve compiled this list of FREE and really cheap movies you and your family can enjoy this month in Tampa Bay. At the bottom of this post, there is even a list of classic drive-in theaters.

Plus! Scroll down to find out what AMC Theater Sensory-friendly Films will be coming this fall.

Here’s what’s you and the kids can look forward to this month:

~~~ FREE MOVIES ~~~

Family Movie Night
Time:
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Location: South Holiday Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 834-3331; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Come dressed in pajamas, bring your favorite blanket and join us for a fun, family-friendly feature film. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. (HINT: Hiccup and Toothless find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.)

Address:
South Holiday Branch Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL 34690

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Movie on the Beach
Time:
6 p.m. (Movie will begin at dark.)
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Location: Anclote River Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 942-7439; Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring your blankets & chairs to watch Frozen on the new giant movie screen.

Movie on the Beach Flyer

Address:
Anclote River Park
1119 Baillies Bluff Road
Holiday, FL 34691

Movie on the Beach Flyer image courtesy of Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department

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Sunsets at Pier 60 Sunset Cinema
Time:
Movies begin at dusk
Date: Every Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and soft drinks are available for sale
Register/Info: (727) 449-1036; Sunsets at Pier 60 Calendar

What’s Doing?
Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily FREE family festival that includes artisans and crafters, street performers, musical entertainment and, of course, a beautiful sunset every night! Every Friday and Saturday night you can also enjoy a FREE film screening. Bring a blanket or low chair, and watch a movie on the jumbo screen. Here’s what you’ll be seeing on the big screen:
– Friday, December 5: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG)
– Saturday, December 6: Man of Steel (PG-13)

– Friday, December 12: A Christmas Story (PG)
– Saturday, December 13: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13)

– Friday, December 19: The Hero of Color City (G)
– Saturday, December 20: Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (PG-13)

— Friday, December 26: Planes: Fire & Rescue (PG)
— Saturday, December 27: Dolphin Tale 2 (PG)

Pier 60 December Calendar

Address:
Sunsets at Pier 60
10 Pier 60 Drive
Clearwater, FL 33767

Sunset Cinema December 2014 Flyer image courtesy of Pier 60

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Saturday Matinee
Time:
1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 13 & 20, 2014
Location: New Tampa Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; Hillsborough County Public Library Program Calendar

What’s Doing?
Relax and enjoy a movie with your family. Refreshments will be provided.

Address:
New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

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Family Movie Matinee
Time:
2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2014
Location: Seminole Community Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 394-6905; Seminole Community Library Website

What’s Doing?
(All ages) Everyone is welcome to stop by the library for a G- or PG-rated movie. FREE popcorn and soda will be provided. Please call the Library at (727) 394-6913 for more information and movie titles.

Address:
Seminole Community Library
9200 113th Street North
Seminole, FL 33772

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Santa’s Popcorn and a Movie
Time:
2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Land O’Lakes Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 929-1214; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Grade K-5th) All aboard! Join Santa to watch a children’s holiday classic and enjoy holiday cookies and hot chocolate.

Address:
Land O’Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes,FL 34639

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Cinema Saturday
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a newly released movie. Please call the Library for movie title.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Children’s Movie: The Polar Express
Time:
3:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Location: Safety Harbor Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 724-1525, ext. 4118; City of Safety Harbor Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to make a sleigh and watch a movie at the library. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided. Call the library for more information.

Address:
Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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Movies Matinee
Time:
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Location: Largo Community Center
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 587-6715; Largo Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a movie with family and friends. Call (727) 587-6715 for title.

Address:
Largo Community Center
400 Alt Keene Road
Largo, FL 33370

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2nd Friday Movies in the Park
Time: 6 p.m.-end
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Location: Largo Central Park
Cost: FREE admission
Register/Info: (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Pack up your blankets and chairs to enjoy a movie on the lawn. On the second Friday of every month October-May The City of Largo Special Events division will feature a movie on the big screen.

Movies will begin at dark with a FREE family-friendly activity one-hour prior to the show.

While in the park you can also enjoy our NEW Farmers Market operated by Jen’s Market from 3-7 p.m. The market will be located in the parking lot, north of the movie field. Coolers are welcome (no alcohol, please), and concessionaires will be on site with a variety of food and snacks for sale.

2014/2015 Movie Titles and Dates:
– December 12: The Polar Express
– January 9: Planes
– February 13: Frozen
– March 13: The Lego Movie
– April 10: Despicable Me 2
– May 8: Field of Dreams

Address:
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

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Holiday in the Harbor: Palm Harbor Holiday Parade + Snow, S’mores & a FREE Showing of “Frozen”
Time: Parade steps off at 3 p.m.; “Holiday at the Harbor” event begins at 3-7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Parade: West Lake Road and Nebraska Avenue, runs west on Nebraska and north on Omaha to Georgia. “Holiday at the Harbor” Event & Movie: Harbor Hall
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 771-6000; CSA Palm Harbor Website

What’s Doing?
This year, the annual Palm Harbor Holiday Parade will be followed by a FREE “Holiday in the Harbor” event and showing of the hit family movie Frozen.

Palm Harbor Holiday Parade
The annual Palm Harbor Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014, beginning at 3 p.m. at West Lake Road and Nebraska Avenue, ending in Downtown Palm Harbor.

Snow, S’Mores & Santa
Following the parade, the public is invited to Harbor Hall (located at the parade end) for a special “Holiday at the Harbor” event featuring games, giveaways and music. Snow will be falling throughout Harbor Hall parking lot beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The event will also include a showing of Frozen on the big screen, with FREE photo opportunities with Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Santa Claus.

Holiday in the Harbor 2014 Flyer

Address:
Parade Route:
Steps off at West Lake Road and Nebraska Avenue, runs west on Nebraska and north on Omaha to Georgia.

Harbor Hall
1190 Georgia Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Holiday in the Harbor 2014 Flyer image courtesy of CSA Palm Harbor

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Family Movie Night: Aurthur Christmas
Time:
Dusk
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A Waters Ave.
Cost: The movie is FREE. Food available at regular menu prices.
Register/Info: (813) 880-0808; Chick-fil-A Waters Ave Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the family out for a special showing of the Christmas movie Arthur Christmas and enjoy the Christmas lights!

Chick-fil-A Waters Ave Holiday Calendar

Address:
Chick-fil-A Waters Ave.
6299 West Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33634

Chick-fil-A Waters Ave Holiday Calendar image courtesy of Chick-fil-A Waters Ave.

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Family Movie
Time:
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a family movie, then make a craft after the show. Please call the Library for the movie title.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Movie Under the Stars
Time: 7-10 p.m. (Movie starts after dark)
Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Location: Avalon Park West
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Register/Info: (813) 783-1515; Avalon Park West Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family to watch the hit Disney movie Frozen under the night sky! Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy FREE popcorn, visit with local vendors, and see a fun family movie.

Movie Under the Stars Flyer

Address:
Avalon Park West
5216 Autumn Ridge Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Movie Under the Stars Flyer Dec. 2014 image courtesy of Avalon Park West

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Cinema Saturday
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch newly released movies! Please call the Library for movie title.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Free Family Popcorn & Movie
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Location: Hugh Embry Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (352) 567-3576; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 12 and younger with a parent/guardian) Come watch a recently released movie, and enjoy some popcorn and juice.

Address:
Hugh Embry Branch Library
14215 Fourth Street
Dade City, FL 33523

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Family Movie Night: The Polar Express
Time:
Dusk
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A Waters Ave.
Cost: The movie is FREE. Food available at regular menu prices.
Register/Info: (813) 880-0808; Chick-fil-A Waters Ave Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the family out for a special showing of the Christmas movie The Polar Express and enjoy the Christmas lights!

Chick-fil-A Waters Ave Holiday Calendar

Address:
Chick-fil-A Waters Ave.
6299 West Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33634

Chick-fil-A Waters Ave Holiday Calendar image courtesy of Chick-fil-A Waters Ave.

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Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry Christmas Movie Night
Time: Dusk (approximately 7 p.m.)
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
Cost: The movie is FREE. Food can be purchased at regular menu prices.
Info: Call (813) 908-0787 for more information and weather updates. Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring friends and family for dinner and a movie – outside in the Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry parking lot. This month features The Polar Express. Bring chairs and blankets.

NOTE: This event is weather permitting. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring chairs/blankets for the event.

Address:
Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
15801 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618

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Holiday Movie Matinee
Time:
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Spend the day watching three Holiday films. Films will be begin at 11 a.m. (Rated PG), 1 p.m. (Rated PG), and 3 p.m. (Rated PG-13). Please call the library for the titles of the movies.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Special Holiday Week Movies: Sunsets at Pier 60 Sunset Cinema
Time:
Movies begin at dusk
Date: December 29-31 & January 1-3 (weather permitting)
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and soft drinks are available for sale
Register/Info: (727) 449-1036; Sunsets at Pier 60 Calendar

What’s Doing?
Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily FREE family festival that includes artisans and crafters, street performers, musical entertainment and, of course, a beautiful sunset every night! Every Friday and Saturday night you can also enjoy a FREE film screening. Bring a blanket or low chair, and watch a movie on the jumbo screen. Here’s what you’ll be seeing on the big screen:
— Monday, December 29: When the Game Stants Tall (PG)
— Tuesday, December 30: Sleeping Beauty (G)
— Wednesday, December 31: Frozen Sing-along (PG)
— Thursday, January 1: Draft Day (PG-13)
— Friday, January 2: Step Up All In (PG-13)
— Saturday, January 3: Men in Black 3 (PG-13)

Pier 60 December Calendar

Address:
Sunsets at Pier 60
10 Pier 60 Drive
Clearwater, FL 33767

Sunset Cinema December 2014 Flyer image courtesy of Pier 60

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Movie Sing Along
Time:
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014
Location: Regency Park Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 861-3049; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Age birth to 5) Come dressed as your favorite character and sing along with this popular animated tale about two sisters and their snowman friend.

Address:
Regency Park Branch Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654

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AMC Sensory-Friendly Films
Time:
10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Participating AMC Theaters
Cost: Regular ticket prices apply
Register/Info: AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Films Website

What’s Doing?
AMC Theaters, in partnership with The Autism Society, offer AMC Sensory-Friendly Films to families affected by autism. Come watch in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. (NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.)

— Saturday, December 13, 2014: Paddington

NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.

Address:
AMC The Regency 20
2496 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 685-3396

AMC Veterans Expressway 24
9302 Anderson Road
Tampa, FL 33634
(813) 243-4881

AMC Woodlands Square 20
3128 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(727) 771-6643

AMC Tri-City 8
5140 East Bay Drive
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 531-5796

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~~~ DRIVE-IN THEATERS ~~~
Drive-ins not only offer nostalgia, they also offer movies at a discount. Help support these historic theaters by sharing this unique experience with your children. Check the sites below to see what family-friendly movies are playing this week.

Ruskin Family Drive-In Website
5011 US Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572

— $6/person, $1/child (age 5-8), FREE for children 4 years old and younger with their own parents (CASH ONLY; admission includes BOTH movies); Food and drinks available for purchase at the concession stand.

Joy-Lan Drive-In Website
16414 US Highway 301
Dade City, FL 33523
(352) 567-5085

— $5/person (age 10+), $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar; FREE parking

Silver Moon Drive-In Website
4100 New Tampa Highway
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 682-0849

— $5/person (age 10+), $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar; FREE parking

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Popcorn image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Popcorn image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Holiday in the Harbor! Palm Harbor Holiday Parade + Snow, S’mores & a FREE Showing of “Frozen”

Time: Parade steps off at 3 p.m.; “Holiday at the Harbor” event begins at 3-7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Parade: West Lake Road and Nebraska Avenue, runs west on Nebraska and north on Omaha to Georgia. “Holiday at the Harbor” Event & Movie: Harbor Hall
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 771-6000; CSA Palm Harbor Website

What’s Doing?
This year, the annual Palm Harbor Holiday Parade will be followed by a FREE “Holiday in the Harbor” event and showing of the hit family movie Frozen.

Palm Harbor Holiday Parade
The annual Palm Harbor Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014, beginning at 3 p.m. at West Lake Road and Nebraska Avenue, ending in Downtown Palm Harbor.

Snow, S’Mores & Santa
Following the parade, the public is invited to Harbor Hall (located at the parade end) for a special “Holiday at the Harbor” event featuring games, giveaways and music. Snow will be falling throughout Harbor Hall parking lot beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The event will also include a showing of Frozen on the big screen, with FREE photo opportunities with Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Santa Claus.

Holiday in the Harbor 2014 Flyer

Address:
Parade Route:
Steps off at West Lake Road and Nebraska Avenue, runs west on Nebraska and north on Omaha to Georgia.

Harbor Hall
1190 Georgia Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Holiday in the Harbor 2014 Flyer image courtesy of CSA Palm Harbor

Downtown Tampa Celebrates the Holidays: Tree Lighting, Rough Rider’s Holiday Parade & Santa Fest

Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony LogoTampa’s 2014 Tree Lighting Ceremony
Time:
6 p.m.
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Cost: Admission is FREE, but guests are asked to bring a teddy bear (to be donated to children in Tampa’s local hospitals) for the Rough Riders Annual Teddy Bear Drive. Concessions and gifts will be available for purchase.
Register/Info: (813) 274-8211; City of Tampa, FL Website

What’s Doing?
The evening will include a countdown to light the tree with Mayor Buckhorn, a Christmas Market, and a FREE movie in the park featuring the family favorite, Arthur Christmas. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the Karl & DiMarco Singers, followed by the Late Night Brass. Magic 94.9 will be on hand for the Secret Santa Giveaway.

Tampa’s Christmas Market will be open to sell holiday treats and gift items, and Tampa’s Downtown on Ice will also be open during the event.

Address:
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Logo image courtesy of the City of Tampa, FL

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Santa Fest Rough Riders Holiday Parade LogoRough Rider’s Holiday Parade and Santa Fest
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Cost: Parade is FREE for spectators. FREE admission to Santa Fest. Ice Skating: $5/person.
Register/Info: (813) 274-8211; City of Tampa, FL Website

What’s Doing?
The day kicks off with the Rough Rider’s Holiday Parade, which will step off at 11 a.m. at Morgan Street and Madison Street. The parade will travel west on Madison Street to Ashley Drive, then turn north and at Ashley Drive and Cass Street. (Best viewing along Madison Street.)

Fun for the young and the young at heart, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Following the parade, bring the whole family to the Park for holiday activities, including:
– FREE photos with Santa Claus
– Continuous holiday entertainment
– Make-n-take holiday crafts
– Hands-on games and activities
– Christmas Market
– Ice skating (Only $5/person)

Address:
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Santa Fest Rough Riders Holiday Parade Logo image courtesy of the City of Tampa, FL

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Image courtesy of Clipart Guide / Pamela Perry

30th Anniversary Festival of Trees, Tampa Bay: “Candyland Christmas”

Festival of Trees LogoFestival of Trees
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 – Sunday, November 23, 2014
Location: The Long Center
Cost: General Admission: $5; FREE for children age 10 and younger.
Tickets/Info: (727) 797-8712; UPARC Foundation Website

What’s Doing?
The Festival of Trees, presented by AmeriLife®, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. The annual holiday festival held in a family-centered fantasyland, is a signature event supporting UPARC. Discover more than 125 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, and countless decorations created by local artists, businesses and organizations. In addition, enjoy holiday music and songs, live entertainment and visits with Santa while strolling around the Candyland streets.

Families can get creative in Santa’s Children’s Village, where little ones can create holiday crafts and special memories to take home.

Address:
The Long Center
1501 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

Festival of Trees Logo image courtesy of UPARC Foundation

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Movie PosterFestival of Trees: Dinner & a Movie
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Location: The Long Center
Cost: $10/ticket (includes Chick-fil-A Chicken Nugget Kids Meal, admission to the Festival of Trees, and a complimentary screening of Frozen.)
Tickets/Info: (727) 797-8712; UPARC Foundation Website

What’s Doing?
Disney’s hit movie Frozen comes to Dinner & A Movie. This is your chance to watch Frozen while being surrounded by the beautiful Festival of Trees Christmas trees. Dress as your favorite Frozen character, and bring a pillow and blanket to get comfy during the show. (Psst: You never know … a famous Queen may make an appearance with Santa.)

Address:
The Long Center
1501 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

Movie poster courtesy of Disney and UPARC Foundation

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Festival of Trees Candy Header image courtesy of UPARC Foundation

FREE (Or Really Cheap) Family Movies: November 2014

Popcorn and a movie ticketI’ve compiled this list of FREE and really cheap movies you and your family can enjoy this month in Tampa Bay. At the bottom of this post, there is even a list of classic drive-in theaters.

Plus! Scroll down to find out what AMC Theater Sensory-friendly Films will be coming this fall.

Here’s what’s you and the kids can look forward to this month:

~~~ FREE MOVIES ~~~

Saturday Matinee
Time:
1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2014
Location: New Tampa Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 273-3652; Hillsborough County Public Library Program Calendar

What’s Doing?
Relax and enjoy a movie with your family. Refreshments will be provided.

Address:
New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

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Family Movie Matinee
Time:
2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2014
Location: Seminole Community Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 394-6905; Seminole Community Library Website

What’s Doing?
(All ages) Everyone is welcome to stop by the library for a G- or PG-rated movie. FREE popcorn and soda will be provided. Please call the Library at (727) 394-6913 for more information and movie titles.

Address:
Seminole Community Library
9200 113th Street North
Seminole, FL 33772

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Popcorn and a Movie
Time:
2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Location: Land O’Lakes Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 929-1214; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Grade K-5th) Join family and friends on the first Saturday of each month to watch a newly released G- or PG-rated film and enjoy FREE popcorn and juice.

Address:
Land O’Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes,FL 34639

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Sunsets at Pier 60 Sunset Cinema
Time:
Movies begin at dusk
Date: Every Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and soft drinks are available for sale
Register/Info: (727) 449-1036; Sunsets at Pier 60 Calendar

What’s Doing?
Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily FREE family festival that includes artisans and crafters, street performers, musical entertainment and, of course, a beautiful sunset every night! Every Friday and Saturday night you can also enjoy a FREE film screening. Bring a blanket or low chair, and watch a movie on the jumbo screen. Here’s what you’ll be seeing on the big screen:
– Saturday, November 1: Man of Steel (PG-13)

– Friday, November 7: NO MOVIE
– Saturday, November 8: NO MOVIE

– Friday, November 14: The Muppet Movie (G)
– Saturday, November 15: Godzilla (PG-13)

— Friday, November 21: Planes (G)
— Saturday, November 22: Hook (PG)

— Friday, November 28: Free Bird (PG)
— Saturday, November 29: If I Stay (PG-13)

Pier 60's Sunset Cinema November 2014 Calendar

Address:
Sunsets at Pier 60
10 Pier 60 Drive
Clearwater, FL 33767

Sunset Cinema November 2014 Flyer image courtesy of Pier 60

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Family Movie Night
Time:
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Location: South Holiday Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 834-3331; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Come dressed in pajamas, bring your favorite blanket and join us for a fun, family-friendly feature film. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. (HINT: Evil has a beginning. Don’t believe the fairy tale.)

Address:
South Holiday Branch Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL 34690

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Movie on the Beach
Time:
6 p.m. (Movie will begin at dark.)
Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Location: Anclote River Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 942-7439; Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring your blankets and beach chairs to watch The Lego Movie on a giant movie screen on the beach.

Address:
Anclote River Park
1119 Baillies Bluff Road
Holiday, FL 34691

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Cinema Saturday
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE (Seating is limited to 80 people)
Register/Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch newly released movies! Please call the Library for movie title.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Firefighters’ Movies In The Park
Time:
6 p.m. (Movie starts at dusk.)
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: England Brothers Park
Cost: FREE to see the movie; Food and drinks available for purchase
Register/Info: (727) 687-4494; City of Pinellas Park Florida Website

What’s Doing?
Pinellas Park Firefighters’ hosts this FREE outdoor family movie event, which raises money for their Benevolent Fund by selling hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as candy, popcorn, nachos and drinks. The Benevolent Fund helps victims and families in the community throughout the holidays.

Address:
England Brothers Bandshell Park
5010 81st Avenue North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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Children’s Movie: Maleficent
Time:
3:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Location: Safety Harbor Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 724-1525, ext. 4118; City of Safety Harbor Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a movie with friends at the library, and enjoy FREE popcorn and drinks. Call the library for more details.

Address:
Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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Movies Matinee
Time:
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Location: Largo Community Center
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 587-6715; Largo Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Watch a movie with family and friends. Call (727) 587-6715 for title.

Address:
Largo Community Center
400 Alt Keene Road
Largo, FL 33370

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2nd Friday Movies in the Park
Time: 6 p.m.-end
Date: November 14, 2014
Location: Largo Central Park
Cost: FREE admission
Register/Info: (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Pack up your blankets and chairs to enjoy a movie on the lawn. On the second Friday of every month October-May The City of Largo Special Events division will feature a movie on the big screen.

Movies will begin at dark with a FREE family-friendly activity one-hour prior to the show.

While in the park you can also enjoy our NEW Farmers Market operated by Jen’s Market from 3-7 p.m. The market will be located in the parking lot, north of the movie field. Coolers are welcome (no alcohol, please), and concessionaires will be on site with a variety of food and snacks for sale.

2014/2015 Movie Titles and Dates:
– November 14: The Blind Side
– December 12: The Polar Express
– January 9: Planes
– February 13: Frozen
– March 13: The Lego Movie
– April 10: Despicable Me 2
– May 8: Field of Dreams

Address:
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

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Mockingjay Movie Release Party
Time:
2-4:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Location: Safety Harbor Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 724-1525, ext. 4118; City of Safety Harbor Website

What’s Doing?
Watch Catching Fire and enjoy themed crafts, snacks and activities. One lucky participant will win tickets to see Mockingjay or the entire Hunger Games trilogy! (You must be present to win.)

Address:
Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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Movie Under the Stars
Time: 7-10 p.m. (Movie starts after dark)
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Location: Avalon Park West
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Register/Info: (813) 783-1515; Avalon Park West Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family to watch Maleficent under the night sky! Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy FREE popcorn, visit with local vendors, and see a fun family movie.

Avalon Park West Movie Under the Stars Flyer

Address:
Avalon Park West
5216 Autumn Ridge Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Movie Under the Stars Flyer Nov. 2014 image courtesy of Avalon Park West

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Family Movie and Popcorn
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Location: Hugh Embry Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (352) 567-3576; Pasco County Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 12 and younger with a parent or caregiver) Enjoy a FREE, recently-released film and popcorn.

Address:
Hugh Embry Branch Library
14215 Fourth Street
Dade City, FL 33523

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Movie PosterFestival of Trees: Dinner & a Movie
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Location: The Long Center
Cost: $10/ticket (includes Chick-fil-A Chicken Nugget Kids Meal, admission to the Festival of Trees, and a complimentary screening of Frozen.)
Tickets/Info: (727) 797-8712; UPARC Foundation Website

What’s Doing?
Disney’s hit movie Frozen comes to Dinner & A Movie. This is your chance to watch Frozen while being surrounded by the beautiful Festival of Trees Christmas trees. Dress as your favorite Frozen character, and bring a pillow and blanket to get comfy during the show. (Psst: You never know … a famous Queen may make an appearance with Santa.)

Address:
The Long Center
1501 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

Movie poster courtesy of Disney and UPARC Foundation

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Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry Family Movie Night: Free Birds + Christmas Kick-off
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
Cost: The movie is FREE. Food can be purchased at regular menu prices.
Info: Call (813) 908-0787 for more information and weather updates. Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Bring the family out for dinner and a movie – outside in the Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry parking lot. In addition, guests will be treated to a performance by the Dance Arts Academy, and opportunity to take pictures with the Santa Cow, and free gifts for the family as Chick-fil-A kicks off their holiday season.

NOTE: This event is weather permitting. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring chairs/blankets for the event.

Address:
Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
15801 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618

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~~~ SENSORY-FRIENDLY MOVIE ~~~

AMC Sensory-Friendly Films
Time:
10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Location: Participating AMC Theaters
Cost: Regular ticket prices apply
Register/Info: AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Films Website

What’s Doing?
AMC Theaters, in partnership with The Autism Society, offer AMC Sensory-Friendly Films to families affected by autism. Come watch in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. (NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.)

— Saturday, November 29, 2014: Home

Plan ahead:
— Saturday, December 13, 2014: Paddington

NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.

Address:
AMC The Regency 20
2496 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 685-3396

AMC Veterans Expressway 24
9302 Anderson Road
Tampa, FL 33634
(813) 243-4881

AMC Woodlands Square 20
3128 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(727) 771-6643

AMC Tri-City 8
5140 East Bay Drive
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 531-5796

The Book of Life Movie Poster image courtesy of IMDB.com

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~~~ DRIVE-IN THEATERS ~~~
Drive-ins not only offer nostalgia, they also offer movies at a discount. Help support these historic theaters by sharing this unique experience with your children. Check the sites below to see what family-friendly movies are playing this week.

Ruskin Family Drive-In Website
5011 US Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572

— $6/person, $1/child (age 5-8), FREE for children 4 years old and younger with their own parents (CASH ONLY; admission includes BOTH movies); Food and drinks available for purchase at the concession stand.

Joy-Lan Drive-In Website
16414 US Highway 301
Dade City, FL 33523
(352) 567-5085

— $5/person (age 10+), $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar; FREE parking

Silver Moon Drive-In Website
4100 New Tampa Highway
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 682-0849

— $5/person (age 10+), $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar; FREE parking

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Popcorn image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Popcorn image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

New River Elementary Trunk-or-Treat Festival & Movie Under the Stars at Avalon Park West

Time: Trunk-or-Treat: 6-8 p.m.; Movie begins after dark
Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Location: Trunkpor-Treat: New River Elementary Bus Loop; Movie: Avalon Park West
Cost: Movie is FREE. There may be additional costs such as food, drinks, tickets for games, etc. so bring some cash just in case.
Register/Info: (813) 783-1515; Avalon Park West Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
This month, movie night at Avalon Park West is going to be a little bit different, but still a whole lot of fun! The community of Avalon Park West is teaming up with New River Elementary to give families a great night of family fun.

First, visit New River Elementary from 6-8 p.m. for their annual Trunk-or-Treat Festival. There will be games, food, fun and treats!

New River Elementary Trunk-or-Treat Flyer

Then head over to Avalon Park West for Movies Under the Stars featuring a FREE family movie and FREE popcorn.

Movie Under the Stars Flyer

Address:
New River Elementary
4710 River Glen Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Avalon Park West
32659 Coldwater Creek Loop
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

RELATED LINKS:
1. Tampa Bay Area 2014 Trunk-or-Treat Events
2. Safe Trick-or-Treating for Kids at Bay Area Malls, Businesses & Shopping Areas
3. BOO Bash: Superhero Spectacular at Heritage Church

Funny Cartoon Halloween Set image courtesy of AKARAKINGDOMS at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Trunk-or-Treat Flyer courtesy of New River Elementary
Movie Under the Stars Flyer image courtesy of Avalon Park West

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