Frugal Family: Movie Specials Arrive for Summer in Paulding

Free movies and other discounts can be found at the Dallas Theater, Taylor Farm Park and Movies 278.

We're all watching our family budgets these days. Whether shopping with coupons or looking for two-for-one deals, we're taking advantage of all sorts of offers and savings that help us stretch our dollars.

This column will be dedicated to giving you five great local deals each week that will help your family’s bottom line. Since we do the scouting for you, you can save time as well as money.

You are a big part of this column. Let us hear about the deals you've seen. Just add them to our comment box. Then come back each week and see what we've uncovered together.

This week, Frugal Family reporter Carolyn Cunningham scoured our local sources to come up with several specials at Movies 278 in Hiram, the Dallas Theater and Taylor Farm Park—so many, in fact, that they are presented as six, instead of the usual five, money-saving deals:


1. Movie Ticket Stub Discounts

Deal: An ongoing special at in Hiram is that each movie ticket is good for discounts at local businesses:

Cangeloni's Pizza: Free small garlic squares with ticket stub

Free chicken sandwich with ticket stub and a medium Dr. Pepper

$3 off a haircut with ticket stub

OFH Clothing: 20 percent off your entire purchase with ticket stub

Free pizza slice with ticket stub within 10 days of purchase

Get In & Out Barbers: $3 off a haircut with ticket stub

Buy 1 game, get 1 free with ticket stub

Off the Deep End (pool supply): 10 percent off with ticket stub

$3 off lipstick purchase and a free facial

1 free taco with purchase of a combo and 2 drinks

Buy one, get one half off


2. 3D Price Drops

Deal: Beginning Friday, Movies 278 will reduce the extra charge for 3D movies from $3 to $1 before 6 p.m. and to $2 after 6 p.m. as an ongoing special, said Laura Rampley, assistant manager.


3. $5 Movies Every Day

Deal: A new summer special at Movies 278 is that tickets are $5 before 3 p.m. every day. During the school year, the $5 ticket deal is good only on Tuesdays before 3 p.m.


4. Free Family Fun Festival

Deal: Movies 278 begins its annual Family Fun Festival on Tuesday with free movies through Aug. 11. Also, if you bring an unexpired can of food or a school supply costing at least 50 cents, you receive free popcorn (only one per person). There also are $1 specials for popcorn and drinks—but only on these special Tuesdays. All movies are rated G or PG:

  • Tuesday and June 2 ~ Ramona (G) and Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)
  • June 7 and 9 ~ How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
  • June 14 and 16 ~ Megamind (PG)
  • June 21 and 23 ~ Narnia: Dawn Treader (PG)
  • June 28 and 30 ~ Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG)
  • July 5 and 7 ~ Despicable Me (PG)
  • July 12 and 14 ~ Marmaduke (PG)
  • July 19 and 21 ~ Alpha & Omega (PG)
  • July 26 & 28 ~ Rango (PG)
  • Aug. 2 and 4 ~ Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 (PG)
  • Aug. 9 and 11 ~ Hop (PG) 

Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Location: 185 Metromont Road at U.S. 278, Hiram.

Contact: 678-513-4400.


5. Free Cartoons on Tuesdays

Deal: Free Cartoon Tuesdays begin June 7 and continue through Aug. 9 at the . All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Times: Noon to 2 p.m.

Location: 208 Main St., Dallas.


6. Free Movie at Taylor Farm Park

Deal: Beginning at sundown on June 11, Despicable Me (PG) will be shown for free at the Pole Barn of Taylor Farm Park. Those attending should bring a blanket or lawn seating and a picnic supper or snacks. All ages are welcome, and no alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park. This annual program is presented by the Paulding County Parks and Recreation Department.

Location: 1380 Pine Valley Road, near the fire station between Ga. 92 and Brownsville Road.


Pamela Mason June 02, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Went to see Pirates of Caribbean, & it was $5 before 5 on Wednesdays. Thanks Carolyn!
Kaley June 04, 2011 at 12:35 AM
I am not sure if someone is misunderstanding the $5 deal... It is $5 on wednesdays on movies that begin before 3pm. I
Carolyn Cunningham June 04, 2011 at 05:35 AM
Thank you for your comments, Pamela and Kaley. I received a recent email from Movies 278 Assistant Manager Laura Rampley who I quoted above Pamela's message. Laura says the $5 special on Wednesdays is for movies showing before 5 p.m. until around the time school resumes. In a later email to me, Laura wrote, "During the school year, the $5 deal lasts all day on Tuesdays."
Brooke Levine June 28, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Everyone, I am Brooke Levine - General Manager at Movies 278 and I will provide you with all the correct information about the summer specials that we are having. It seems like there's a lot information and I want to make sure that everyone has it correct. Wednesday - All movies before 3pm on are $5. 3D up charge still applies ($1 extra per ticket) Tuesday/Thursday - Free Family Films showing at 10am in the mornings. Doors are unlocked between 9am-9:15am. Admission is free. $1 Drink and $1 popcorn. Also if you bring in a school supply or can good (Not expired) you will receive a free family film popcorn. As always our website www.seethemovies.com has all up to date and correct information if you ever have any questions. Or please feel free to call the theatre direct at 770-222-4332 x3. Thanks, Brooke Levine Movies 278
Carolyn Cunningham June 30, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Brooke, thank you for this information and for all of your summer specials.


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