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, Missouri, and Tennessee.
The 2019 Movie Lineup
- June 4 and June 5, "Despicable Me"
- June 11 and June 12, "Minions"
- June 18 and June 19, "The Secret Life of Pets"
- June 25 and June 26, "Sing"
- July 2 and July 3, "The Cat in the Hat"
- July 9 and July 10, "Trolls"
- July 16 and July 17, "Puss in Boots"
- July 23 and July 24, "Shrek"
- July 30 and July 31, "Captain Underpants"
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.
2019 Participating Locations:
Arkansas: Monticello Cinema, Jonesboro Cinema, Pinnacle Hills Cinema, Razorback Cinema Grill, Springdale Cinema Grill, Van Buren Cinema.
Kentucky: Owensboro Cinema and Winchester Cinema.
Louisiana: Gonzales Cinema.
Mississippi: Corinth Cinema, Columbus Cinema, Grandview Cinema, Tupelo Commons Cinema Grill, Oxford Commons Cinema Grill, Olive Branch Cinema Grill, Desoto Cinema Grill.
Missouri: Sikeston Cinema Grill.
Tennessee: Paradiso Cinema, Forest Hill Cinema Grill, Collierville Cinema Grill, Stage Cinema Grill, Smyrna Cinema.
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.
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.
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.