UNION — Union Square Cinemas has brought back a past tradition of offering free movies over the summer.
After a brief hiatus last year due to digital formatting changes, Union Square Cinemas is offering free movies again this summer.
Cinema owner George Bruce said the free movies — a tradition started around five years ago — is a way to introduce small children to the movie theater experience.
“So many of the kids are small and have never been before,” Bruce said, adding that children have varied reactions to their first viewing. “Some might get scared at first in the dark theater and want to leave, and others might sit there as quiet as a mouse through the whole movie. We just want to let them get adjusted.”
All of the free movies have a “G” or “PG” rating, and admission is free for all ages. The free movies are shown at 10 a.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday this summer. The theater also offers a special of popcorn and drinks for $1 each for the morning showings.
Movies that have been shown so far included “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Hotel Transylvania,” and “Jumanji.”
The schedule of upcoming free showings is as follows:
• July 1-2 — “Monster House”
• July 8-9 — “Paul Blart Mall Cop”
• July 15-16 — “Smurfs”
• July 22-23 — “Zathura”
• July 29-30 — “Smurfs 2”
• Aug. 5-6 — “Hook”