The Nightmare Before Christmas – Returns to Regal Cinemas Halloween Weekend!!!

We are very excited to learn that one of our FAVORITE movies is coming back to the big screen!!  Nightmare Before Christmas, is making it’s way back for a Halloween weekend release (October 27th-31st).  It’s only playing at select Regal Cinemas, and the Eagan Regal is the lucky Minnesota location. Even though this movie is a winner any way you watch it, it is extra special when it’s playing on a big screen in a nice, dark theater!


Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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Additionally, members of Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards loyalty programs can get rewarded for seeing Disney movies at Regal theaters when they link their accounts. Members will receive 25 Disney Movie Rewards bonus points for linking. Join Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards today to get all the benefits of seeing Disney movies! For information on Disney Movie Rewards linking with Regal Crown Club loyalty program visit

Firehouse Drive-In 2017

There are just a couple of Drive in Theaters left in MN.  Typically there’s isn’t one in Cologne but once a year you can find one. The The Firehouse Drive-In is an annual fund-raiser to support the Cologne Fire Department in it’s quest to refurbish their 1924 LaFrance Engine.  It takes place this weekend August 18-19th.  With two movies showing each night, it’s a great event for all ages. You can find the movies, schedule and other important information here on the website.

The Firehouse Drive-In began in 2009 as a fundraising idea to assist in the renovation of the Cologne Fire Department’s original 1924 Brockton-LaFrance fire engine. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the premier family-friendly events of the summer! In addition to the feature films, the Firehouse Drive-In features two nights of events with fun for the whole family!


The fun doesn’t just start when the movies do. The Firehouse Drive-In has many family and kid’s activities to do before the movie starts. And best of all, the activities are ALL INCLUDED with the price of your parking pass. Kid’s activities this year include: Bounce houses, Smoke house training simulator, Fire truck rides, Pony rides, Full Playground & More! So come early for all the activities, and stay for the shows! Gates open at 6pm on Friday and Saturday. Movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:45pm).


What’s a movie without the popcorn and a soda? Well, the Firehouse Drive-In has that and MORE! Enjoy hamburgers, pork burgers, hotdogs, popcorn, candy, soda, malts, cotton candy and more! There are also glow toys for the kids (and adults), as well as other merchandise available for purchase. Concession stand is open ALL NIGHT so arrive hungry!


At the Firehouse Drive-In, we are all about the classic cars! We encourage EVERYONE who has one to drive it down to the drive-in, and you’ll get access to the front row VIP Parking area! Come down early and hang out with other classic car enthusiasts! Gates open Friday and Saturday at 6pm. Movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:45pm).


Now there is even ANOTHER reason to come out and stay at the Firehouse Drive-In. Back for this year’s Firehouse Drive-In will be a fireworks display between the first and second movies – BOTH NIGHTS! Sit back and enjoy the fireworks display from an up close and personal vantage point, as you wait for the next movie to start!

Flicks on the Bricks – Finding Dory

Join friends and family at the Flicks on the Bricks – Finding Dory tomorrow evening July 28th.  It takes place in Burnsville at the Nicollet Commons Area.  Seating at 7:30 and the show begins at dusk.  You can find more information on the event page.   If you can’t make this one, there are a couple more evening movies coming up:

July 28: Finding Dory (PG)
Aug. 11: Shall We Dance (PG-13)
Part of Adult Night Out
Aug. 25: The Great Gilly Hopkins (PG)


Minneapolis SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Red Carpet Premiere with Local Hero Peter Pearson and MN Viking Xavier Rhodes

Local Hero Peter Pearson and MN Viking Xavier Rhodes

Tuesday, June 27, marked the Minneapolis red carpet premiere of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING at AMC Southdale. Spider-Man wasn’t the only superhero on hand for the celebration! Local superhero Peter Pearson, a 4th grade teacher, dad and husband from Blaine, MN battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the third time, was honored with the presentation of a Spider-Man: Homecoming local hero to superhero medal, presented by KFAN’s Paul Lambert and Minnesota Vikings’ Xavier Rhodes.

Pete Pearson Interview with The Jason Show

Movie fans and Peter’s family were there to cheer him on and have their picture taken on the red carpet. There were also fun activities for the kids to make their own Spider-Man mask and receive SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING temporary tattoos.

Paul Lambert and Peter Pearson then kicked off the movie, with Peter saying, “Throughout the past four years I have had some amazing experiences and one of them happened to be today. Thank you to the people at 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon, Banana Republic, The Jason Show, everybody that helped me out today. It was an awesome day and I cannot wait to see SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING! ”

Pete Pearson and His Parents

Check for a review of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING on July 7th. All I can say for now is YOU WILL WANT TO SEE IT! Avoid the lines on opening weekend and buy advance tickets for SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING here.

About the movie:

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Smurfs: The Lost Village Prize Pack Giveaway + See Them at the Twin Cities Color Run!

Good news for Smurfs fans! SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is available on Vudu June 20th and on Blu-ray and DVD July 11th. To celebrate we are giving away a smurfy prize pack including a digital copy of the film, a lunchbox, and Little Bites! Also, be sure to catch the Smurfs at the Twin Cities Color Run Saturday, July 9!

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

While you enjoy watching SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE with your family at home, how about whipping up this yummy Smurfberry Pie Smoothie Recipe?  If you can’t get your hands on any smurfberries, feel free to substitute blueberries!


Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on The Smurfs when Sony Pictures Animation’s SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE debuts on digital June 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting an “A” CinemaScore with general audiences and a rare “A+” with those under the age of 18, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE follows Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE features an all-star voice cast, including platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato (Camp Rock franchise) as Smurfette, Emmy®-nominated comic actor Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi (”Community”) as Brainy Smurf, Michelle Rodriguez (The Fate of the Furious) as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) as SmurfBlossom, Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) as SmurfLily, with Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) as Papa Smurf and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich, 2000) as SmurfWillow.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is bursting with bonus materials on the Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and digital releases. Along with filmmaker commentary, there are 10 fun and interactive featurettes, including Meghan Trainor’s “I’m A Lady” music video and “Lost Village Dance Along” where you can join in the Smurf dance party. Get ready to represent your Smurf style with “Smurfify Your Nails” and create a Lost Village inspired manicure, then go inside “Baker Smurf’s Mini Kitchen” to follow along and guess what’s cooking, plus get step-by-step tutorials on how to draw your favorite Smurfs with three “how to” videos. Fans can also go behind the scenes as Demi Lovato auditions for the film and goes through a pretty tough interview with Smurfette herself in “Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette.”

Making an animated movie is no easy task, but in “Kids At Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village,” you’ll get a lighthearted look at how the film was made with both interviews from the cast and animators as well as silly re-enactments featuring adorable kid versions of the talented team. And “Making the Song ‘You Will Always Find Me in Your Heart’” goes into the studio with singer Shaley Smith, composer Christopher Lennertz and songwriter KT Tunstall as they record the film’s pivotal song, while in “The Sound of The Smurfs,” fans hear from composer Christopher Lennertz on how he created a magical score to accompany this colorful and exciting adventure. Lastly, don’t miss the sneak peek at Sony Pictures Animation’s highly anticipated film, The Emoji Movie.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray are deleted scenes as well as “The Lost Auditions,” where the superstar cast, each one already perfect for their roles, explore other ideas about which role they should play. And fans of all ages will enjoy going behind-the-scenes with Meghan Trainor as she films the videoto her hit “I’m A Lady,” available exclusively on the digital release of SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE at iTunes, Vudu and Xfinity.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is also available on July 11 in THE SMURFS 3-MOVIE BLU-RAY COLLECTION, which includes The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a a smurfy prize pack including a digital copy of the film, a lunchbox, and Little Bites. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 7/3/16. Good luck!

Smurfs: The Lost Village Prize Pack Giveaway

Marcus Theatres 2017 Summer Family Movies

School’s out and the summer heat is here.  A great place to escape the heat is to head to the the air-conditioned movie theatre. The Marcus Theatres are hosting a great summer family movie program.  On Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am, from June 11-August 16th the family friendly movies are only $3 a person.  Click here for participating theatres.  The schedule for the movies:

  • June 11-12, 14: The Secret Life of Pets
  • June 18-19, 21: Rock Dog
  • June 25-26, 28: Sing
  • July 2-3, 5: A Dog’s Purpose
  • July 9-10, 12: The Lego Batman Movie
  • July 16-17, 19: Trolls
  • July 23-24, 26: Monster Trucks
  • July 30-31, Aug 2: Curious George
  • August 6-7, 9: Storks
  • August 13-14, 16: Smurfs: The Lost Village

Hyland Hills Outdoor Movie Series

What could be more perfect than watching a movie outdoors?  The Hyland Hills Outdoor Movie Series in Bloomington begins this week, and will follow up with a movie each month through September.  The movie schedule will be as follows:

  • June 14th:  Star Wars:  Rogue One
  • July 12th:  Moana
  • August 9th:  Finding Dory
  • September 8th:  Lego Batman

Hyland Hills is hosting summer movie nights on the hill! We are having 4 movie nights throughout the summer. Our first night we are featuring Star Wars Rogue One! Nothing better than hanging out with your friends,family and community and watching a movie outdoors!

Best of all it’s FREE! Festivities start at 7pm!

Feel free to come hang out before hand. We are going to have:
– Music starting at 7pm
-Lawn games
– Grill and concessions available to purchase- including popcorn, candy, grilled brats, burgers and hotdogs. Beer and pop.

Movie starts at Dusk (about 9pm)

Feel free to bring blankets to sit on as it is grass amphitheater seating. Pack your bugspray!




Free Movies at Target Field Station


Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Downtown Council

We all wonder if the warm weather will come back, the snow lingers and then comes the rain but the warm weather is here.  It’s time to enjoy some evening activities in the evening.  There’s a great line up of Free Movies at Target Field Station this year. Some great family friendly movies.  Check out the great list:

  • June 8: Footloose (1984)
  • June 29: The Parent Trap (1961)
  • July 13: Inside Out
  • August 10: Finding Dory
  • August 24: Free Willy

On select Thursdays at 7pm throughout the summer, you can enjoy outdoor movie nights at Target Field Station. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, find a spot on the green grass outside the Twins’ ballpark and enjoy an evening watching a movie under the stars and the downtown skyline.


Omnifest at the Science Museum of Minnesota


Credit: Science Museum of MN

Nature, movies and amazing scenery, all take place at the Omnifest at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  It takes place from now through May 4th.  With five different films showing during Omnifest there is sure to be something for everyone.  You can find the schedule as well as purchase advance tickets on the website.

Get a front-row seat to experience larger-than-life adventures—from the immense glaciers in the Arctic to the breathtaking summit of Mount Everest and the spectacular views of the Nile, known as the “Mount Everest of Rivers.” With a diverse film line-up that will appeal to all ages and interests, Omnifest 2017 is an ideal family destination this spring.

Flick ‘n’ Float – Finding Nemo

It’s almost time to find your swimsuit and a floatie and head to Eden Prairie.  Flick ‘n’ Float – Finding Nemo takes place tomorrow, March 31st.  It sounds like a great family friendly event.   Open swim begins at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6pm.  You can find the address, as well as the admission information on the website.