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You Can Now Take Your Kids to the Movies For $1 — All Summer Long

As the school year winds down, we parents have but one question on our minds: What the hell are we going to do with our kids all summer?? (I cannot tell you how frequently my 5-year-old utters the phrase “I’m bored.” I’m like, kid, this is just the beginning.) And while playdates are great, sometimes a parent just needs to, you know, sit down and not be bothered for a measly hour. Enter Regal Cinemas: The theater chain just announced it will be showing $1 movies all summer long. Yep, you heard that right.

The program, dubbed the Summer Movie Express, will run from June to September. During this time, Regal will show two family-friendly movies per day every Tuesday and Wednesday. Screenings start at 10 a.m. And while new movies are excluded, the line-up is solid: choice titles include Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Minions, Trolls and The Secret Life of Pets. There will also be several Lego screenings, for the little brick-builder in your life.

“Summer Movie Express is one of the hottest annual deals Regal offers to its moviegoers. We invite people of all ages to join us for three months of fun and entertainment as we feature family-friendly blockbusters,” Ken Thewes, Regal’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement, according to Fox News Sacramento. “This summer program is the perfect way for families to spend quality time together while enjoying a big-screen experience,” Thewes added.

Regal isn’t the only chain offering moviegoers a cheap, fun family experience. Earlier this year, AMC announced their Summer Movie Camp (which will get your kiddo a flick and food for $4), and Cinemark’s Movie Clubhouse (10 weeks of kid-friendly films). Be still my cheap and weary heart!

Of course, the deals come with a few caveats: Beware buying movie candy, lest your little get hopped up on sugar; plus, the room will undoubtedly be filled with dozens of antsy children. But hey, both of those seem like a small price to pay for some air-conditioned peace and “quiet.”

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