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Enjoy Affordable Family Movie Nights: NJ Cheap Movie Theaters and Cheap Movies

Family movie nights are a beloved activity for many families, providing an escape into captivating stories and immersive experiences on the big screen. However, ticket prices and concessions can sometimes put a strain on our wallets. If you’re a movie enthusiast in New Jersey or just really treasure family movie nights, fear not! The Garden State has several cheap movie theaters and affordable film options that ensure your family can indulge in their love for movies without breaking the bank. 

In this guide to cheap movies in New Jersey, we’ll explore some of NJ’s cheap movie theaters and ways to enjoy discounted or cheap movies. If you’re looking for outdoor movies please visit our new guide to NJ Outdoor Movies.

Enjoy Affordable Family Movie Nights: NJ Cheap Movie Theaters and Cheap Movies

Jersey Family Fun has compiled a listing of New Jersey low cost and free movies listed in a variety of formats for you. You can find more free movies by previewing the calendar, looking at a specific county’s calendar, reading our guide to NJ Outdoor movies, or reviewing our cheap and free movie series by type of outdoor movies and region.

Some of these movie events may require a fee or advanced registration, we will let you know if we know, but we recommend following the links for the most up-to-date information. If you have an event that should be listed please review our event submission directions and form.

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free outdoor movies in NJ, Cheap indoor movies in New Jersey.

See Cheap Movies yearround with these Cheap Movie Theaters in New Jersey

You might be surprised to find that you don’t need to wait till the summertime to take your kids to a cheap movie or cheap movie theaters in New Jersey. We have a few locations where you can get a pretty good deal on movie tickets OR see a movie for free yearround.

Value Days at Regal Theatres

Regal is now offering Regal Crown Club Value Days! It’s one of two programs they offer that make them one of NJ’s cheap movie theaters. At select theatre locations, every Tuesday, Regal Crown Club (RCC) members can enjoy discounted movie ticket prices and 50% off popcorn! For a list of participating theaters please visit our Regal Movies Discount Movie Tickets event listing.

Mystery Movie Monday at Regal

Regal says, “Everybody loves the surprise plot twist at the end of a great movie. Well, now you can get that about the ENTIRE movie! Introducing Regal’s Mystery Movie! For just $5 you can see a new release BEFORE it opens to the public. The only catch— we can’t tell you what movie it is. You just have to wait and see… RCC Members can enjoy a $9 small popcorn + soda combo as well!”

While the movie title is a surprise, Regal does list, on their website, the rating for the movie so you can be sure you are seeing something age-appropriate for your kids or teens before buying the tickets.

AMC Theaters

Located across New Jersey, AMC Theaters offer an array of discounted movie options making them another one of the cheap movie theaters in New Jersey. They have bargain matinee shows, which are perfect for families that don’t want movie times to interfere with bedtimes or those looking to catch a flick during the day.

Additionally, AMC offers special pricing for students, seniors, and military personnel, allowing guests to enjoy movies at reduced rates. By taking advantage of these offers, you can relish the big-screen experience at a fraction of the usual cost. Learn more on the AMC discount page.

AMC Theaters NJ Locations

  • AMC Brick Plaza 10
  • AMC Clifton Commons 16
  • AMC Cherry Hill 24
  • AMC DINE-IN Bridgewater 7
  • AMC Brunswick Square 13 (East Brunswick)
  • AMC Deptford 8
  • AMC East Hanover 12
  • AMC Monmouth Mall 15 (Eatontown)
  • AMC DINE-IN Menlo Park 12 (Edison)
  • AMC Jersey Gardens 20 (Elizabeth)
  • AMC Freehold 14
  • AMC DINE-IN Shops at Riverside 9 (Hackensack)
  • AMC Newport Centre 11 (Jersey City)
  • AMC Aviation 12 (Linden)
  • AMC Marlton 8
  • AMC Headquarters Plaza 10 (Morristown)
  • AMC Mountainside 10
  • AMC MarketFair 10 (Princeton)
  • AMC Ridgefield Park 12
  • AMC New Brunswick 18
  • AMC Garden State Plaza 16 (Paramus)
  • AMC Rockaway 16
  • AMC Voorhees 16
  • AMC Wayne 14
  • AMC DINE-IN Essex Green 9 (West Orange)
AMC Theater discounts make it one of the NJ cheap movie theaters near me.

Don’t forget NJ libraries

New Jersey libraries can be some of the BEST places for a cheap movie. Nearly every library shows free movies from time to time. Some do it fairly regularly such as every other week or every month. When we’re reviewing the library calendars we even find some NJ libraries offer special movie events: Teen Movie Nights, Classic Films, etc. In addition to checking our Calendar of Events, make sure you check your local library’s calendar too.

More Cheap Movie options

Before we move on to summer movie programs for cheap movies, keep your eyes open when driving around your community or when you get those notices from the school. You don’t always need cheap movie theaters to see a cheap movie.

Schools tend to hold free movie nights to bring the school community together. YMCAs and swim schools host dive in movie nights to give families a fun movie night out while also introducing their summer programs. Churches hold movie nights to help families in the congregation get to know each other. Staying aware of what’s happening in your community can help you to take advantage of cheap movie events.

Enjoy Affordable Family Movie Nights: NJ Cheap Movie Theaters and Cheap Movies

Summer Movie Programs: Watch Cheap Movies this Summer with These Cheap Movie Theaters in New Jersey

During the summer months, various theaters, municipalities, and community groups and businesses in NJ organize affordable or even free movie programs for families and children. These programs typically feature older releases or family-friendly films, allowing you to enjoy a family movie night experience without the usual costs.

NJ Outdoor Movies

Movies on the beach, movies in the park, there are all kinds of outdoor movies happening in New Jersey this summer. Most of them have free admission or almost free admission. Take a look at our Family Movie Nights are so Much Better with NJ Outdoor Movies for more details.

NJ Outdoor Movies for the Summer

INDOOR NJ Cheap Summer Movies

The heat of the summer can be too much or maybe your last outdoor movie night was rained out. If you’re looking for cheap indoor movies for the summer months check out these options. Some are at cheap movie theaters and others are elsewhere. All offer a weather-proof family movie night at free or almost free prices.


Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express – Updated for 2024!

Over the course of 9 weeks New Jersey Regal Cinemas will show select G & PG rated movies for only $1 a showing. Part of the proceeds of admission will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. The movies will be shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Each theater will offer their movie screenings at 11 am. Below are the participating cheap movie theaters for Regal.

  • Atlantic County – Regal Hamilton Commons, Stadium 14 in Mays Landing.
  • Burlington County – two locations. One is Regal Moorestown Mall & RPX, Stadium 20 in Moorestown.
  • Cumberland County – Regal Cumberland Mall, Stadium 14 in Vineland.
  • Gloucester County – Regal Cross Keys Stadium 12 in Turnersville and Regal UA Washington Township in Sewell.
  • Mercer County – Regal Independence Plaza 12 in Hamilton.
  • Middlesex County – two locations. One is Regal Commerce Center & RPX in North Brunswick and Regal Hadley Theatre in South Plainfield.
  • Ocean County – Regal Manahawkin 10 in Manahawkin.
  • Warren County – Regal Pohatcong, Stadium 12 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Click over to our 2024 calendar of Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express movies or learn more in our guide to the Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express 2023.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse – Updated for 2024!

Hot day? Head to the theater for some classic kids movies. With the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse movie tickets are $1.75 per person for select shows from June – August. This year it looks like ALL 4 NJ Cinemarks will participate.

  • Hazlet – The Cinemark Hazlet 12 is located at 2821 Highway 35, Hazlet.
  • Somerdale – Cinemark Somerdale 16 and XD – The Cinemark Somerdale 16 and XD is located at Cooper Town Center, 711 Evesham Rd, Somerdale.
  • Watchung – The Cinemark Watchung and XD is located at 1670 US Route 22 East, Watchung.
  • Wayne – Cinemark Willowbrook Mall and XD – The Cinemark Willowbrook Mall is located at 1360 Willowbrook Mall in Wayne.

Click over to their schedule (since dates and times vary by theater) or our 2024 calendar of CHEAP Movies in Somerdale at Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse.

North Jersey

Bow Tie Cinemas Free Summer Movies in Ridgewood in Bergen County

The Bow Tie Cinemas no longer manage theaters in New Jersey.

Newark CityPlex 12’s Free Summer Kids Films in Essex County – Updated for 2024!

CityPlex 12’s Free Summer Kids Films Series provides specially selected family-friendly movies every Tuesday and Wednesday from July 2 to August 21st. Movies start at 10 am and the doors open at 9 am.

  • The Essex County’s CityPlex 12’s 20244 Free Summer Kids Films Series will be available at the Newark’s CityPlex 12 at 360-394 Springfield Avenue in Newark.

Click over to our 2024 calendar of CityPlex 12’s Free Summer Kids Films.

Newark Black Film Festival at The Newark Museum of Art in Essex County – Updated for 2024!

The Newark Black Film Festival, the longest-running Black film festival in the United States, has been a pivotal platform for Black filmmakers, actors, and storytellers since 1974. It showcases films that explore the intricacies of the Black experience, reflecting diverse narratives and fostering cultural enrichment.

  • The Newark Museum of Art is located at 49 Washington Street in Newark.

Click over to our 2024 calendar for the Newark Black Film Festival.

Morristown Performing Arts Center Free Summer Movies in Morris County – Updated for 2024!

The Morristown Performing Arts Center will once again offer a series of FREE family movies this summer. Although the movies are free, tickets are necessary and can be found on the MPAC website.

  • The Morristown Performing Arts Center Free Summer Movies are played at the Performing Arts Center at 100 South Street in Morristown.

Click over to our calendar for the Free Movies in Morristown at Mayo Performing Arts Center.  

Central Jersey

NJ State Theatre Movie Series in New Brunswick in Middlesex County – Updated for 2024!

The NJ State Theatre presents free summer kids’ movies, with both morning and evening weekday screenings for 5 weeks in July/August. Experience your favorite films on the theater’s gigantic 46’ screen, with our state-of-the-art sound system!

  • The NJ State Theatre is located at 15 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick.

Click over to our 2024 calendar of Free Movies in New Brunswick at New Jersey State Theatre.

Manville Reading Cinema Reel Kid Series in Somerset County – Updated for 2024!

Make your family’s summer even sweeter with the Reel Kids series! Enjoy your favorite Kid’s movies on the big screen all summer long! Enjoy your favorite kids movies all summer long for just $1 per ticket. Movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 AM.

  • Reading Cinemas Manville is located at 180 N. Main Street in Manville.

Click over to our 2024 calendar listing for Reading Cinema Reel Kid Series.

South Jersey

AMC Theatres Summer Movie Camp in Toms River in Ocean County – Permanently closed

Unfortunately, we have just learned that sometime between May and July 2023 the AMC Loews Seacourt 10 in Toms River permanently closed and as such is NO longer participating in the AMC Theatres Summer Movie Camp where kids can see movies at a great low price all summer long.

Marquee Cinemas Free Summer Movies in Toms River in Ocean County – Updated for 2024!

The Marquee Cinemas Free Summer Movies is 8 week program of recently released G and PG films for kids. Kids have their choice between 2 free movies playing on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am. Movie tickets are FREE!

  • The Marquee Cinemas Free Summer Movies are played at Orchard 10 in Toms River at 1311 Rt 37 W.

Click over to our 2024 calendar of Free Summer Movies in Toms River at Orchard 10 – Marquee Cinemas and see which movies are offered each week.

Keep an eye on local theater listings, community centers, libraries, and of course our Calendar of Events, to stay updated on the summer movie programs, cheap movie theaters, and more cheap movies happening near me and you in New Jersey.

Streaming Services and Redbox

While this blog post is focused on cheap movie theaters and other venues for cheap movies, it’s worth mentioning the budget-friendly options available through streaming services and Redbox. Platforms like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video (affiliate link) offer extensive libraries of movies and TV shows that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home at a low monthly subscription cost.

Redbox kiosks (yes they still exist across New Jersey), found in various locations, offer affordable DVD and Blu-ray rentals if you prefer a physical movie night.

Enjoy an Affordable Movie Night

Indulging in your love for movies and a family movie night with the kids doesn’t have to be an expensive outing, even in the movie-loving state of New Jersey. By exploring cheap movie theaters, taking advantage of special promotions, and keeping an eye out for summer movie programs and NJ outdoor movies, you and your family can enjoy the magic of the big screen without straining your budget. 

And if you prefer the comfort of your home, streaming services and Redbox provide affordable options for movie nights. So grab your popcorn, settle into a cozy seat, and let the movies transport you into a world of entertainment without breaking the bank.

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