Featured Series

Beat the Heat $2 Days

Summer Family Film Series

During the summer the Athena Cinema presents BEAT THE HEAT $2 DAYS. Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family friendly films with discounted admission. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions and movies that every child should see on the big screen!

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket.

The purpose of the series is to give back to the greater Athens community and area children’s organizations. The Cinema also hopes to provide an affordable Uptown entertainment option and increase traffic to area businesses. In addition, non-profit, private community groups will have the opportunity to screen the movies at the Athena, (past recipients of these sponsored screenings have been ATCO and Kids on Campus). Please come out and support our initiative, take advantage of local shopping and dining and enjoy a fun summer event with your friends and family.

Upcoming Beat the Heat $2 Days Showings

Beat the Heat Teen Night: MOONRISE KINGDOM

There is nothing like your first love. Wes Anderson’s acclaimed film, Moonrise Kingdom, is a coming-of-age story about young love, the thrill of youth, and the need for adventure. The year is 1965,... [read more]

First Viewing June 22, 2018


From the mind that brought us Labyrinth and The Muppet Movie, comes the fan favorite — Dark Crystal, a high fantasy adventure film. Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has... [read more]

First Viewing June 23, 2018

Beat the Heat: THE GOONIES

Come enjoy the 1980s classic tale of adventure and friendship. When two brothers from the “Goon Docks” find out they might lose their house they are desperate to find a way to keep... [read more]

First Viewing July 7, 2018


Join us during Ohio Brew Week’s Last Call festivities for a one-time-only, extra special return to Pepperland! Newly restored in 4K with 5.1 Surround Sound for its 50th anniversary, Yellow Submarine is... [read more]

First Viewing July 21, 2018

Beat the Heat: HOOK

When his young children are abducted by his old nemesis, Capt. Hook (Dustin Hoffman), middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Robin Williams) returns to his magical origins as Peter Pan. Peter must revisit a... [read more]

First Viewing August 4, 2018


Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman), a widowed mouse, must move her children out of their home in a field before the local farmer starts plowing. Unable to leave because her son is ill,... [read more]

First Viewing August 18, 2018

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Sponsored by the Athena Cinema, Ohio University, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athens County Children Services, Kids on Campus, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, Shagbark Seed & Mill and Athens Public Libraries