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FREE (And Really Cheap) Family Movies Happening in November 2012

We love to give our kids fun experiences that don’t require us to check out bank account first, and we suspect that’s true for you, too. To help you out, we’ve compiled this list of mostly FREE — or at least really cheap — family movies you can enjoy around the Tampa Bay area this month. Plus, you’ll find out what AMC Theater’s sensory-friendly film will be this month. So gather up the kids and head on out! Here’s what will be showing this November:

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Arthur Christmas Movie PosterSunsets at Pier 60 Sunset Theatre
Time:
Movies begin at dusk (Approx. 7 p.m.)
Date: Every Friday and Saturday night, weather permitting (NOTE: There will be NO movie the first Friday and Saturday of November due to the triathalon.)
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and soft drinks are available for sale
Info: (727) 449-1036; Pier 60 Website

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.

— Friday, November 2: NO MOVIE
— Saturday, November 3: NO MOVIE
— Friday, November 16: Home for the Holidays/PG-13
— Saturday, November 17: Step Mom/PG-13
— Friday, November 23: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole/PG
— Saturday, November 24: The Amazing Spider-Man/PG-13
— Friday, November 30: Arthur Christmas/PG

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

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Popcorn and a Movie
Time:
2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Location: Land O’Lakes Branch Library (Children’s Public Floor)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 929-1214; PCPL Website

What’s Doing?
Elementary school-aged children are invited to join Library staff on the first Saturday of each month for popcorn, juice and a newly released G- or PG-rated movie.

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

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Movie & Popcorn
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Location: Centennial Park Library (Meeting Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 834-3204; PCPL Website

What’s Doing?
Children in grades K-5th and their families are invited to join Library staff for a movie and popcorn.

Address:
Centennial Park Library
5740 Moog Road
Holiday, FL 34690

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Saturday Movie Matinee
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 3 & 10, 2012
Location: New Tampa Regional Library (Room 5, Story Time)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 273-3652; HCPLC Website

What’s Doing?
Relax at the library and enjoy a movie with your family. Even Better! Refreshments will be provided.

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

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Family Movie & Popcorn
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2012
Location: South Holiday Branch Library (Meeting Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 834-3331; PCPL Website

What’s Doing?
The Library will show films that appeal to all age groups, and refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Library

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

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Early Release Day Movie
Time:
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2012
Location: Largo Public Library (Children’s Program Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 587-6715; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Children can enjoy a movie after school with friends on early release Wednesdays.

Address:
Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

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Movies in the Park
Time:
Sundown
Date: Friday, November 9, 2012
Location: Baybridge Park
Cost: FREE
Info: Movie in the Park Website

What’s Doing?
Westchase’s FREE family movies in the park continues with a showing of Happy Feet (PG). The movie starts at sundown. Bring chairs and blankets and settle in for a great movie night. Here’s what will be showing this month:

Even Better! There will be FREE popcorn for everyone!

Address:
Baybridge Park
10017 Bridgeton Drive
Tampa, FL 33626

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Family Movie Matinee
Time: 2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 10, 17 & 24, 2012 plus Monday, November 19, 2012
Location: Seminole Community Library @ St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus
Cost: FREE
Info: Please call (727) 394-6913 for movie titles and information; Seminole Community Library Website

What’s Doing?
Family Movie Matinee features G- and PG-rated movies for kids and their parents to enjoy together. FREE popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library.

Address:
Seminole Community Library @ St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus
9200 113th Street North
Seminole, FL 33772

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Early Release Movie
Time:
2:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Location: Safety Harbor Public Library
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 724-1525 x 118; City of Safety Harbor Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to watch a movie at the library that answers the question of how Santa Claus is able to deliver presents to all the children of the world in one single night.

Address:
Youth Services
101 Second Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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Movie in the Park
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, November 16, 2012
Location: Straub Park
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 345-2836

What’s Doing?
Northwest Church of Christ will present a FREE screening of the movie We Bought a Zoo (PG), starring Matt Damon.

Even Better! FREE refreshments will also be available.

Address:
Straub Park
Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Chicken Run Movie PosterFall Free For All
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, November 16, 2012
Location: Sims Park
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 967-6726; New Port Richey Cultural Affairs Website

What’s Doing?
Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic for an outdoor showing of the film Chicken Run (G).

NOTE: In case of rain, the movie will be shown inside Queen of Peace Hall, located directly behind the Sims Park Bandshell.

Address:
Sims Park
6341 Bank Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652

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Screen on the Green
Time: All movies will begin at 7 p.m.
Date: Friday, November 16, 2012; Friday, November 30, 2012 & Friday, December 28, 2012
Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and candy will be on sale
Info: (813) 966-5505; Tampa’s Downtown on Ice Website

What’s Doing?
Why The Grinch Stole Christmas Movie PosterScreen on the Green will take place at Curtis Hixon Park. Enjoy some family skate time at Tampa’s Downtown on Ice, then enjoy a family movie under the stars. Here’s what will be playing:
— Friday, November 16: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark/PG
— Friday, November 30: How The Grinch Stole Christmas/PG
— Friday, December 28: Puss in Boots/PG

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

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Saturday Afternoon at the Movies
Time: 2:30-4:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Location: Austin Davis Public Library (Community Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 273-3652; HCPLC Website

What’s Doing?
For one afternoon, Austin Davis Library will be transformed into a movie theater. Bring the family out for a story — told by a “grumpy man” — about why there is only one tree left.

Address:
17808 Wayne Road
Odessa, FL 33556

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Chick-fil-A Movie Night Series
Time:
6:30-8:30 p.m. (Showtime will be around 6:30 p.m.; Seating will begin at 5:30 p.m.)
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012 (NOTE: In the event of bad weather, the movie will be pushed back one week.)
Location: Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
Cost: FREE movie and Icedream (after the movie begins), you pay only for your food
Info: (813) 908-0787 for information concerning delays or changes; Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry Website

What’s Doing?
Enjoy dinner with the kids, learn about leagues and sports from I9 Sports, and watch a FREE outdoor family movie. The movie will be shown in the parking lot, and guests are asked to bring chairs.

— Saturday, November 17: Space Jam/PG

Even Better! Once the movie begins, FREE ice cream will be served to any guest who wants it!

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

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MadagascarFamily Afternoon at the Movies
Time: 4 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Location: Dunedin Public Library (Storytime Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 298-3080 ext. 240; Dunedin Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon family movie — Madagascar III: Europe’s Most Wanted!

Address:
Dunedin Public Library
223 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Children’s Popcorn and a Movie
Time:
1:15-3:45 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Location: New River Branch Library (Meeting Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 788-6375; PCPL Website

What’s Doing?
Children in grades K-5th are invited for an afternoon movie and refreshments.

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

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Family Movie Matinee
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Location: Hugh Embry Branch Library (Meeting Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (352) 567-3576; PCPL Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the family for a matinee movie, popcorn and juice, compliments of Friends of Hugh Embry Library. Please call the library for the title of the movie.

Address:
Hugh Embry Branch Library
4215 Fourth Street
Dade City, FL 33523

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Firefighters’ Movies In The Park
Time:
Dusk
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Location: England Brothers Park
Cost: FREE to see the movie; Food and drinks available for purchase
Info: (727) 687-4494; Website

What’s Doing?
Pinellas Park Firefighters’ host this FREE outdoor family movie event every month, raising 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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“Based on the Book” Cinema
Time: 2 p.m.
Date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 (Fourth Sunday of every month)
Location: Seminole Community Library @ St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus
Cost: FREE
Info: Please call (727) 394-6923 for movie titles and information; Seminole Community Library Website

What’s Doing?
This is a monthly series of films based on works of classic literature and popular fiction. FREE popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library.

Address:
Seminole Community Library @ St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus
9200 113th Street North
Seminole, FL 33772

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Brave movie posterFamily Movie Night at Kate Jackson Community Center
Time: 6 p.m.
Date: Friday, November 30, 2012
Location: Kate Jackson Community Center at Anderson Park
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 259-1704

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to see Disney’s newest princess during this FREE screening of the family movie Brave (PG). The evening also includes raffles and FREE popcorn.

Address:
Kate Jackson Community Center
Anderson Park
821 South Rome Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

RELATED LINKS:
1. FREE (And Really Cheap) Family Movies Happening in November 2012
2. FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: November 2012
3. Experience Holiday Magic, Music & a Movie During Tampa’s 2012 Tree Lighting Ceremony

Image: IMDB.com

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~~~ REALLY CHEAP MOVIES ~~~

Wreck-it Ralph Movie PosterRuskin Family Drive-In
Time: Box Office will open at 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 7:30 p.m. (Sun.-Thurs.)
Date: Nightly
Location: Ruskin Family Drive-In
Cost: $6/person, $1/child (age 5-8), FREE for children 4 years old and younger (CASH ONLY; admission includes BOTH movies); Food and drinks available for purchase at the concession stand
Info: Ruskin Family Drive-In Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids out to experience a bit of yesteryear at Hillsborough County’s only digital drive-in theatre. Playing now through November 15:
— 7:30 p.m.: Wreck-It Ralph/PG
— 9:15 p.m.: Here Comes the Broom/PG

Visit the Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre website to find out what’s coming up later this month.

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

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Wreck-it Ralph Movie PosterJoy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop
Time: Box Office will open at 7 p.m. (Closed Mon. & Tues.)
Date: Wednesday through Sunday nights
Location: Joy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop
Cost: $4/adult, $1/child (age 4-9); Food and drinks available for purchase at the snack bar
Info: (352) 567-5085; Joy-Lan Drive-In Website

What’s Doing?
Enjoy a family evening at the drive-in! Playing now through November 8:
Wreck-It Ralph/PG
The Odd Life of Timothy Green/PG

Contact the theater for movies coming up later in November.

Address:
Joy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop
On US Highway 301 near Jordan Road
North of Dade City, FL 33523

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~~~ SENSORY-FRIENDLY MOVIE ~~~

Wreck-it  Ralph Movie PosterAMC Sensory-Friendly Films
Time:
10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Location: Participating AMC Theaters
Cost: Regular ticket prices apply
Info: 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.

— Saturday, November 10: Wreck-It Ralph/PG

(NOTE: Dates and films are subject to change.)

Address:
AMC The Regency 20
2496 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511

AMC Veterans Expressway 24
9302 Anderson Road
Tampa, FL 33634

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Crayons

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Art Arbor 2012 at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Art Arbor Banner

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Happy Halloween!

Pumpkins with 3 different expressions

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Inaugural Erase Hate Festival

Erase Hate Tampa Bay Logo

Time: 12-9 p.m. Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012 Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Cost: FREE, or you can purchase a VIP ticket for $75 Info: Erase Hate Festival Website What’s Doing? This festival — postponed from it’s original date in August due to the threat of inclement weather — promises a day of family fun, […]

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Hallelujah Harvest Festival

Pumpkins scattered

Time: 5-8 p.m. Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Location: First United Methodist Church Cost: FREE and open to everyone Info: Call Josh at (813) 949-1751 ext. 230; First United Methodist Website What’s Doing? FUMC will host it’s annual Hallelujah Harvest Festival, a community-wide alternative to Halloween, featuring: — Bounce houses — Lots of candy — […]

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City Jam Truck-or-Treat Family Night Event at Citylife Church Tampa

Citylife Church 2012 City Jam Truck-or-Treat Event

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B.A.R.F. Redneck Festival

Pumpkin

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HUGS of Florida 8th Annual Family Fun Day

Sneaker

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6th Annual Pasco Kids First Family Fun Day

Pasco County Kids First Logo

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012 Location: Sims Park Cost: FREE for attendees; $2 All-You-Can-Play-All-Day Wristbands for inflatables (optional) Info: (727) 845-8080 What’s Doing? Kids First Family Fun Day promotes the health and wellness of families while bringing families together for a fun-filled day of activities, including: — Family Fitness Walk around […]

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