Harkins in Cerritos Does Summer Movie Fun and is the Perfect Family-Friendly Movie Theater

10 Summer movies for $5, a play center, and sensory-friendly screenings all add up to Harkins being our top movie theater pick for kids.

Summer Movie Fun 2018

You read that right, 10 movies for only $5. Every Monday through Friday from June 11th until August 17th, Harkins at the Los Cerritos Center will be running its’ annual kids movie program, Summer Movie Fun. Season tickets for all 10 movies are only $5. If you’re commitment-phobic, individual tickets are available the day of the show for $2 each. Doors open at 9am. and all shows begin at 9:45am.

They don’t sell these tickets online, only at the box office. The way it works is you pick your day of the week and you’ll get a book of tickets for that day all Summer. The rules say they don’t allow exchanges for different days, but if the theater isn’t full they may do it, even so– it’s only $2 for a drop-in ticket, so that’s not bad either.

Here’s the Summer Movie Fun 2018 lineup:

  • June 11-15: Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • June 18-22 The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  • June 25-29: The Boss Baby
  • July 2-6: Despicable Me 3
  • July 9-13: Sing
  • July 16-20: Ferdinand
  • July 23-27: The Emoji Movie
  • July 30-Aug 3: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • Aug 6-10: Paddington 2
  • Aug 13-17: Kubo and the Two Strings

Play Center

The Summer Movie Fun series isn’t the only thing that makes this our favorite kid-friendly movie theater in the Long Beach area, they’ve also got a play center!  That’s right, for a mere $8 you can drop the kiddo off in the play center in the lobby for a supervised, engaging environment where children ages 3 through 8 can play games, read books, enjoy toys, and of course, watch movies, just steps from mom and dad’s theater.


PlayCenter staff members are trained professionals who work exclusively in the PlayCenter. They are background checked and fingerprinted.  Walk-ups are welcome, but reservations are recommended.

Lest safety be a concern, the play center is equipped with surveillance cameras, and has its own bathrooms so they don’t have to leave the secured area for potty breaks either. Only scheduled play center staff members are permitted to enter the play center when there are kids present.

We recommend getting there about 20 minutes before your movie starts so can can complete registration and get them comfortable with the area. Once you check-in, you’ll get a pager that will vibrate if they need to reach you during the movie.

Sensory-Friendly Screenings

One Saturday morning a month, Harkins hosts Sensory-Friendly Screenings, ,where a family friendly film is shown in an auditorium dedicated to those affected by autism and sensory processing disorders. Expect brightened light levels, reduced sound volume and room for kids to walk around. Plus, they even allow outside snacks at these showings. Check out the schedule here.

And… a Bar!

That’s right, they even have a bar. So after you drop the kiddo off at the play center grab yourself a beverage and unwind a bit while you take a few hours off. You deserve it.


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