I love going to the movies, but it can get expensive. Luckily, Austin has a ton of free movies screening all throughout the year. By taking advantage of free movies, I still get my big screen fix while keeping more money in my wallet.
Free Movies in Austin Parks
I love spending time in Austin parks, and it’s fun to cap off an afternoon in the park with a nighttime movie. I enjoy bringing a picnic and a blanket to these events. Movies in the Park features high quality modern and old movies like The Dark Knight and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. You can bring your lawn chair and dog, but leave alcohol at home.
Free Movies at Austin Public Library
For an indoor free movie experience, I recommend Austin Public Library. The library is constantly screening movies at its various branches, many of which are based on books like The Book Thief and Ender’s Game. There isn’t a way to easily get a list of all the library’s movies. I have to go to each branch page and look at events. Given the number of free movies they show, I think it’s worth the extra research I have to put in.
Free Movies with Austin Film Society
While Austin Film Society is known for putting on glitzy, expensive premieres in Austin, it also occasionally offers free films, especially in the summer. I love these screenings because they tend to be a bit more art house or independent than what is normally seen around Austin. I simply check the AFS website often to see what they may be showing for free.
Free Movies at the Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse usually charges regular price for its movies, but they show a few free movies every month. The Alamo Kid’s Club screens family friendly movies completely for free. The Drafthouse also screens free indie, cult, and offbeat movies on occasion, as well as previews of blockbuster movies. I have found that the best way to know about all of the Drafhouse’s movies is to follow them on social media, especially Twitter.
Free Movies at Grocery Stores
As crazy as it sounds, grocery stores are a great place to watch free movies in Austin. Whole Foods and Central Market both show free movies in the warmer months. Both stores show family friendly movies at their most central Austin locations, and while snacks are for sale, you’re not obligated to buy any. I recommend arriving early to make sure you get a good seat.