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Free Movies in the Reno / Tahoe Area

Family Movie Entertainment in Reno at a Great Price - Free

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Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno

Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Reno's free movies are a big attraction for families on tight budgets. These free movie venues provide family friendly entertainment without putting a crimp in your wallet, and they introduce you to more ways to stretch the dollars you may have for fun activities. All movies aren't necessarily suitable for everyone - be sure to check what's showing on the screen before showing up at the movie.

Artown Movies in the Park

Each Friday evening during Artown (July 1 - July 31), Movies in the Park will feature a flick at the Wingfield Park Amphitheater in downtown Reno. Seating is on the grass, so bring a low-back chair and blanket. Showtime is 9 p.m.
  • July 5 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • July 12 - Field of Dreams
  • July 19 - Victor Victoria
  • July 26 - The Iron Giant

Free Tuesday Night Movies at the University of Nevada, Reno

This series of free movies will show at Gateway Plaza in front of UNR's Joe Crowley Student Union, starting at 9 p.m. Bring a blanket and low-back chair. There will be free popcorn and drinks. In case of bad weather, movies will be shown in the 3rd floor theater. Be sure to note that most of these movies are not suitable for young children. For more information, call (775) 784-4652.

  • July 2 - Escape from Planet Earth
  • July 9 - 42
  • July 16 - G.I. Joe Retaliation
  • July 30 - The Host
  • August 6 - Fast and Furious 6
  • August 13 - Now You See Me

Free Movies at Washoe County Library Branches

There are free family movies every month at various branches of the Washoe County Library. Besides movies, there are lots of other free monthly activities at various library branches - be sure to check at the beginning of the month to see what's playing and at which branch.

Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

  • South Valleys Library, Saturday, August 3, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Anime Film Festival: Ponyo (G) - A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship before Ponyo's father forces her to return to the sea. Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the balance of nature and only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true.
  • South Valleys Library, Saturday, August 24, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Escape from Planet Earth (PG) - On planet Baab, astronaut Scorch Supernova is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy bother, Gary. When they receive an S.O.S from the dangerous planet Earth, Scorch ignores Gary’s warnings only to find himself caught in a fiendish trap. Can Gary rescue his brother and save their planet?
  • South Valleys Library, Tuesday, August 27, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Escape from Planet Earth (PG) - See above description.
  • Spanish Springs Library, Tuesday, August 20, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Adventures of Zambezia (G) - When a spirited young falcon named Kai learns of Zambezia, he leaves his remote country home against the wishes of his father. When his dad is captured by an evil lizard who plans to attack the city, Kai must learn the importance of teamwork to free his father and save his friends.

Free Family Movie Nights at Comstock Park

Hope Community is sponsoring two fun Friday family movie nights in south Reno's Comstock Park (corner of Double Diamond and Carat). Both movies will begin around 8 p.m. and all the fun, food and movies are totally free.

  • July 12 - Parental Guidance
  • August 9 - Rise of the Guardians

Free Summer Movies at Squaw Valley

These family movies will be shown in the Events Plaza at the Village at Squaw Valley on Thursday evenings, starting at 8:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Bring blankets and warm clothes. For more information, call (866) 818-6963.

  • July 4 - Men in Black 3
  • July 11 - The Dark Knight Rises
  • July 25 - Wreck-It-Ralph
  • August 1 - The Avengers
  • August 8 - Les Miserables
  • August 15 - Moonrise Kingdom
  • August 22 - Skyfall
  • August 29 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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