FREE “INCREDIBLES 2” FAMILY PARTIES

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On June 16-17 from 10 a.m. to noon, celebrate the opening of “Incredibles 2” at participating Marcus Theatres’ and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres’ locations! Dress like your favorite superhero (no masks or face coverings, please) for a variety of games and crafts, including make-your-own superhero mask* and coloring stations, plus complimentary snacks. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the movie, with admission sold separately. Visit MarcusTheatres.com for a list of participating locations and showtimes:http://www.marcustheatres.com/marcus-specials/family-friendly-films/free-incredibles-2-party.

*Although masks are not allowed in the theatre per Marcus Theatres’ admittance policy, participants will be able to make a superhero mask as part of this activity.

Kids Dream Summer Film Series Presented by American Family Insurance, Value Programs and Kids Parties Provide Options All Season Long

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OVERVIEW:

With summer break in session and blockbuster season in full swing, Marcus Theatres® and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres are turning up the heat at the box office with a variety of family-friendly offerings including value programs, free family parties and the highly anticipated Kids Dream Summer Film Series.

VALUE PROGRAMS:

See this summer’s hottest blockbusters on the big screen, without breaking the bank:

  • Movie Tuesdays: At all locations, see any movie for just $5 every Tuesday. Plus, Magical Movie Rewards (MMR) members receive free complimentary-size popcorn.
  • Student Thursdays: At participating locations, students and faculty can show their ID to see any movie for $6. They can also receive free complimentary-size popcorn.
  • Young at Heart®: At all locations, seniors ages 60 and up can catch any movie for $6 every Friday before 5:30 p.m.
  • Early Bird Movies: At participating locations, early risers can see any movie for $6 before 11 a.m.

With the exception of Movie Tuesdays, an additional charge for 3D, 4DX, SuperScreen DLX®UltraScreen DLX® and IMAX® applies. Visit MarcusTheatres.com for a list of participating locations: http://www.marcustheatres.com/marcus-specials/value-pricing/super-saver-.

There’s no better way to escape the heat than the Kids Dream Summer Film Series presented by American Family Insurance! Between June 24 and August 29, moviegoers can see family-favorite films on the big screen at participating Marcus Theatres’ and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres’ locations on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. — plus Saturdays in August.
Admission for all showtimes is just $3. Attendees can also enjoy concessions specials, including popcorn and fountain drinks for $2.75 each. Titles, dates and showtimes are subject to change. All titles will be shown in standard 2D only and rated PG in accordance with standard MPAA guidelines.

While the Kids Dream Summer Film Series has a cost of admission, guests can visit their American Family Insurance agent or the series’ website for free tickets courtesy of American Family Insurance. Visit MarcusTheatres.com for more information, showtimes and free tickets: www.marcustheatres.com/kidsdream. The film schedule and participating locations follow.

KIDS DREAM SCHEDULE:

June 24, 25 and 27: “Ferdinand” – Rated PG

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

July 1, 2 and 4: “Wonder” – Rated PG

Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy born with facial differences who enters mainstream school for the first time.

July 8, 9 and 11: “Trolls” – Rated PG

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey full of adventure and mishaps to rescue her friends.

July 15, 16 and 18: “The Lego Ninjago Movie”– Rated PG

Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat his father with the help of his fellow ninjas.

July 22, 23 and 25: “Paddington 2” – Rated PG
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

July 29, 30 and August 1: “Early Man” – Rated PG
A cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence when Lord Nooth plans to take over their land and turn it into a giant mine.

“Despicable Me 3:” August 4, 5, 6 and 8 – Rated PG

Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

“My Little Pony: The Movie:” August 11, 12, 13 and 15 – Rated PG

When a dark force threatens Ponyville, the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to save their home.

“Peter Rabbit:” August 18, 19, 20 and 22 – Rated PG

Peter Rabbit enjoys spending his days in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. When one of McGregor’s relatives suddenly moves in, he discovers a family of new rabbits in his home and a battle of wits ensues.

“Sherlock Gnomes:” August 25, 26, 27 and 29 – Rated PG

After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo and Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.

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Mature Audiences Only

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When I was a very young kid I remember watching some of the greatest action movies ever made. Movies like Robocop, Terminator 1 & 2, and Total Recall. As an kid in elementary school these movies were amazing. The profanity and violence and all around bad-ass of the lead actors kept this He-Man / Ninja Turtle fanatic in constant awe. Looking back and knowing I was in elementary school makes this even weirder. In Robocop there’s a scene where Robocop shoots a criminal in the no-no’s. Should a 7-10 year old be seeing something like that? In today’s standards, no they shouldn’t, but back then life was different. I was never sheltered as a kid. My grandparents would let me and my cousins watch Serial Mom over and over again. We were just kids watching a funny movie, but when you actually watch the movie it is filled with stuff that is clearly for adults only.

Watching these movies as a kid, at least from what I can tell have not caused any psychological issues in me or my friends and family that watched them with me. We are all normal, in whatever ways normal is considered normal. Now that my own children are old enough to start picking movies of their own to watch I have to think about what it is they want to see. More often than not they want to pick a cartoon movie, LEGO Batman is still pretty popular in our house, along with Moana and many other Disney Princess movies. However, there are times when the kids will surprise me with a request that I wasn’t expecting.

ZombieAbbyWith Andy Muschietti’s IT being a box office smash hit I thought it would be nice to re-watch the original made for TV series. Typically, I will watch something like IT later in the evening when the kids are in bed, but I have seen this one before. It’s long but it’s not really that graphic. There are only a few scenes that are pretty tragic but as a whole based on today’s ratings the original IT movie is maybe a soft PG-13. Stan’s death and a few blood filled balloons are about as bad as it gets. So anyways, I started re-watching the movie and the kids wanted to know what I had on, so I told them and they sat and watched almost the entire movie. All 3 plus hours of it. I was very surprised that they made it through such a long movie but they loved it. To them IT is a pretty scary movie but it wasn’t scary enough for them to come crawling into our bed at night. We have actually gotten a few more requests to watch IT again and while I’m not opposed to another viewing, I think it might be time to introduce a few other mature movies to them.

Alex, just like Abby when she was his age, is starting to become obsessed with zombies. I think Minecraft helps with that in some degree but Alex is all about wanting to watch a zombie movie. After looking through my collection, I knew I had plenty of options but I wanted to show him something that wouldn’t be too graphic but still satisfy the zombie request. So first I went with Michael Jackon’s Thriller music video. Just to give him a taste of something scary without it being too scary. Him and my daughter loved it. They started dancing and trying out the routine from the video, but apparently that wasn’t scary enough for them. They recognize that the actors are just wearing costumes and makeup. I feel like that is a good indicator of how well they will handle a real zombie movie. The fact that they know they are actors in costumes helps bring them back to the real world if ever they do get scared from a more graphic scene. So with the kids begging for more zombies I figured it’s time to start a re-watch of The Walking Dead.

You may be thinking that was a big mistake, it wasn’t.

ZombieAlexThe kids are now asking to watch movies that arn’t cartoons. Which helps mom and me to not go crazy watching LEGO Batman for the 200th time. The other night I let the kids pick a movie for us to watch as a family. They picked Peter Jackson’s rendition of King Kong. A three hour epic was the movie they wanted to watch. I told them it was long and that there were dinosaurs, bugs, and many other exciting creatures in the movie, that’s all it took to hook them in. It is fascinating seeing my kids react to King Kong. First they were scared, then they felt sympathy for King Kong when he was getting bit by the dinosaurs and then finally empathy when they saw the humans take him down. They were sad when he finally succumbed to the pain and died. Alex and Abby both seemed to understand why King Kong was doing what he was doing. He was in love and knew he had to sacrifice himself to protect his human and they picked that up, which to me is awesome.

daddyandsonKing Kong isn’t a horror movie, but it does hit some mature tones and has some creepy parts in it, but my children just loved it all. With that being said, I feel like they are ready for more options when it comes to movies they watch. Don’t get me wrong here, I wouldn’t let them watch Saw or another very graphic movie in the same vein. Some other movies that show a lot of hanky-panky will be kept off the list for now as well. I do not think they are ready for those. They probably arn’t ready for Robocop or Serial Mom either, but maybe Terminator. It’s just a judgement call, how mature are the kids, can they handle the visual imagery, the story, and emotional tones found within the movie? If I feel like they can, then I don’t mind them watching. I’m always right there with them anyways. If they get scared or have questions, I do my best to answer them or show how it’s just movie magic. You can tell they appreciate that because when you explain something is really a puppet or a costume then they start thinking about how they can create their own.

Both of my kids are very imaginative and I’m not worried about showing them some safer mature movies. There are plenty that they won’t be allowed to see until they are much older, such as Serial Mom, but I think Terminator and many others are good to go with these creative kids. Plus I am excited that I can finally sit and watch The Good The Bad and The Ugly with my kids around. I like the idea of my children being ready for whatever and have a good understanding of how the world works. I know movies are not real and I want these two kiddos to know that too. They are not going to be sheltered from the finer things in life and honestly I don’t think I can watch LEGO Batman again for at least a few years.

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Labor Day Staycation: Escape to the Movies with $5 Films at Select Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres

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Labor Day is coming up and many families use the long weekend as an opportunity to have a mini vacation. Well how about a staycation and $5 movies? This Labor Day weekend, Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres is offering select $5 movies at participating locations in greater St. Louis – plus free popcorn for kids! Whether catching one of this summer’s hottest blockbusters or reliving the beloved classic that is “The Goonies,” a trip to the movies can provide the perfect escape, especially for those who aren’t headed out of town.

Summer Rewind: $5 Movies Friday, September 1 – Thursday, September 7
Now is the perfect time to catchup on the films you missed this summer. From family-friendly flicks to comedy to drama, the following movies will be offered for $5 at select Marcus Wehrenberg

Theatres locations:

  • · “Cars 3” — Lighting McQueen sets out to prove that he’s still the best race car in the world.
  • · “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” — Surly and his friends try to save their home from destruction.
  • · “The Big Sick” — Romantic comedy about love, death and the everyday humor of being a 21st century American.
  • · “Kidnap” — A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

“The Goonies” Retro Series: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Whether you’re an eighties kid or introducing the next generation to the beloved classic, you can see “The Goonies” on the big screen for $5 at all Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations.

“Dunkirk” Military BOGO: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Active duty military and veterans who see “Dunkirk” can enjoy a special buy-one-get
one admission at select Marcus Theatres locations. (Must present ID Card at box office.)

WHERE: All nine first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “The Goonies”

Select first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “Cars 3,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” “The Big Sick,” “Kidnap,” and “Dunkirk.”

Visit www.marcustheatres.com for a list of participating theatres, showtimes and to purchase tickets.

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Free Emoji Movie Party in St. Louis-area Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres!

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My daughter has been going crazy over emoji’s since she figured them out. A few months ago when the movie was announced I haven’t stopped hearing about it from her. And when the trailer came out my daughter has been asking me every single day if the movie is playing yet. Now I am excited to take her to this awesome party hosted at the movies!

Join in on the fun July 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to noon for a free “The Emoji Movie” Party to celebrate the opening of the new film at select St. Louis-area Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres! Families will love this free children’s party featuring emoji-themed crafts, treats and more. This fun outing makes a perfect play date, birthday party or just an excuse to go to the movies!

Party activities include:
· Make-your-own emoji coasters, ping pong balls and stickers
· Coloring stations
· Emoji games
· Free snacks
· And more!

After the party stay for “The Emoji Movie!” Showtimes available soon. Admission sold separately.

Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live. In this world, each emoji only has one facial expression — except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter. Determined to become like the other emojis, Gene and his best friend Hi-5 embark on an epic “app-venture!”

Watch the official “The Emoji Movie” trailer. Rated G.

Where You can join in “The Emoji Movie” Party fun at the following St. Louis-area Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres:

· Chesterfield Cine, Chesterfield (636-777-4154)
· Ronnie’s Cine + IMAX (314-756-9325)
· St. Charles Cine, St. Charles (636-699-4144)
· Town Square Cine, Dardenne Prairie (636-625-1219)

More Info For more information about “The Emoji Movie” Party, visit this page of the Marcus Theatres website. For showtimes and to purchase tickets, visit: www.marcustheatres.com.

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