Malco Theatres Summer Movies Program for Kids

Enjoy Discounted Movies With Your Children This Summer

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Malco Theatres sponsors an eight-week annual "Kids Summer Film Fest" for kids from June through the last week in July. During the annual event, Malco Theatres offers reduced admission and kid-friendly films beginning on the first week in June through the last week in July. The movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at select locations in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouriand Tennessee.

The 2017 Movie Lineup

  • June 6 and June 7, "The Peanuts Movie"
  • June 13 and June 14, "Kung Fu Panda 3"
  • June 20 and June 21, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman"
  • June 27 and June 28, "Trolls"
  • July 4 and July 5, "Horton Hears a Who!"
  • July 11 and July 12, "Alvin and The Chiphunks"
  • July 18 and July 19, "Penguins of Madagascar"
  • July 25 and July 26, "Rio2"

Ticket cost $2 per person. The movies begin promptly at 10 a.m., and it is recommended that attendees arrive early because of the limited seating.

2017 Participating Locations:

Arkansas: Pinnacle Hills Cinema in RogersRazorback Cinema in Fayetteville, Van Buren Cinema in Van Buren, Malco Cinema in Monticello, and Malco Hollywood Cinema in Jonesboro

Kentucky: Owensboro Cinema in Owensboro and Winchester Cinema in Winchester

Louisiana: Gonzales Cinema in Gonzales

Mississippi: Corinth Cinema in Corinth,  Columbus Cinema in Columbus, Tupelo Commons Cinema in Tupelo, Oxford Studio Cinema in Oxford, and Grandview Cinema in Madison

Missouri: Sikeston Cinema Grill in Sikeston

Tennessee:  Stage Cinema in Bartlett, Paradiso in Memphis, Collierville Towne Cinema in Collierville, Olive Branch Cinema in Olive Branch, Desoto Cinema Grill in Southaven and Smyrna Cinema in Smyrna

For more information visit Malco Theatres in Kids Summer Film Fest.

Promoted as "Kids Help Kids," the festival has been successful at raising thousands of dollars that has gone to various children's hospitals in the Mid-South. Beneficiaries have included Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital (Owensboro, Kentucky), the Monroe E. Carroll Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital (Jackson, Mississippi), and Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

About Malco Theatres

Founded in February 1915, Malco Theatres corporate headquarters is located in Memphis, Tennessee. It is a fourth-generation family owned and operated movie theater chain that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015.

Today, Malco Theatres owns and operates 33 theater locations with over 340 screens across the mid-South. Malco also operates three bowling centers and a family entertainment center in southern Louisiana and a family entertainment center in Oxford, Mississippi.

Malco Theatres and Segregation

In the book, "Images of America: Memphis Movie Theatres," author Vincent Astor gives credit to past Malco Theatres owners, the late Richard Lightman and M.A.Lightman, as being instrumental in ending segregation in theaters in Memphis.

At the time, theaters across segregated areas of the South did not allow black patrons to enter through the same door as white patrons and seating inside theaters were segregated. By working with the NAACP, the Lightmans worked out a three-week plan to gradually open up all theater seating to all customers, regardless of race. 

Innovators in Theater Design

During the early 1970s, Malco Theatres built the Highland Quartet, a quartet (a four-screen theater) in Memphis. At the time, there were very few four screen theaters across the country and none in Tennessee. The Highland Quartet remained opened until 2005.

The company opened its first multiplex in 1987. The Winchester Court Cinema in Memphis was designed with eight screens, although when the theater first opened only three screens were available.

The theater remained opened until 2008.

The Majestic Theatre in Memphis was built in 1997. It is the one and only Malco Theatre megaplex. It opened with 11 screens and expanded to 20 screens in 1998. The theater is still opened today.

Almost Sold

Throughout the years, Malco Theatres came close to being sold two times. In 1969, Cinerama, Inc. of New York announced it was going to buy the 50-theater chain for $10 million, but the sale never materialized.

In 1986, Malco Theatres agreed to sell its 38 locations to Commonwealth Amusements Corp., out of Kansas City, Missouri. The sale fizzled, and four years later United Artist bought most of Commonwealth Amusements theaters.