Family-Friendly Destination, Carolina Beach, N.C., To Offer Sun, Affordable Fun And Free First-Run Movies This Summer

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Beach Town To Offer Films Like Avatar And Blind Side For No Charge, While Movie Expenses Rise Across The Country

Everyone is looking for ways to save money. A few years ago, going to the movies was a relatively inexpensive way to entertain the family. According to a recent report by The Early Show on CBS, movie prices are on the rise as the newest trend, 3-D, drives prices even higher. What's a family to do? Carolina Beach has the answer - free first-run films.

Savvy families are looking for the maximum value they can find in their summer vacation, and one beach town along the Carolina coast is delivering that little extra by providing free first-run movies in the park all summer.

As Catey Hill, money editor of the, said during her interview on CBS, there are a variety of options to save money at the movies. She gave tips on snacks and timing, but obviously, the best option is free.

Carolina Beach, N.C. is renowned for its great beaches and friendly people. From lounging on the beautiful beach, to walking the boardwalk or fishing from the pier, Carolina Beach and its neighboring beach community of Kure Beach have been the choice of families for years. Whether it's indoor fun or outdoor fun, this area has it all, including historic attractions like the Fort Fisher State Historic Site & Civil War Museum and the educational and fun North Carolina Aquarium.

But, unlike most beach vacation spots, the outdoor fun at Carolina Beach is not just about surf and sun. A few years back, the town began to lure in vacationers with free first-run films as it launched a Film & Fireworks Series. In 2010, Sundays from May 30 to September 5 mean movie nights under the stars at Carolina Beach Lake. Movies are first-run, some still in the theaters, and are perfect for an evening of family fun. This year's playbill includes hot tickets like Avatar, Blind Side, and The Princess & The Frog. And, it just gets better. Every Thursday night this summer, there's free live music and fireworks near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Check out the full movie schedule at

Need a place to stay? Both Carolina Beach, and its sister beach, Kure Beach provide affordable accommodations choices.

So take advantage of extra value and enjoy the old-fashioned charm of Carolina Beach this year. It's a step back in time in atmosphere, but a a step up in the value you'll receive. For more information on Carolina Beach and Kure Beach go to and Or become a Facebook fan at!/CarolinaBeachNC?ref=ts or!/KureBeachNC?ref=ts or Twitter follower at or and you'll discover even more about the hidden values along the North Carolina coast.


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