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 on Saturday afternoons with discounted admission. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions and the tradition of watching movies on the big screen! From international animations to nostalgic, classic family films, our series offers something for everyone. Now featuring a Friday evening show for the “big kids” and young-at-heart, as well as, prizes, free book giveaways (courtesy of the Athens County Public Libraries) and more!

To benefit Southeast Ohio Youth Mentoring (formerly Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County), the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket. Tickets are available one week in advance of each screening.

The purpose of the series is to give back to the greater Athens community and area children’s organizations. The Athena also hopes to provide an affordable Uptown entertainment option and increase traffic to area businesses. 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: PONYO

Help us welcome summer and dive into our Beat the Heat summer movie series with our first film of the summer, Ponyo! A fanciful movie from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki, Ponyo... [read more]

First Viewing: June 29, 2019


Grab all your friends and get ready for the second film in our summer series Beat the Heat, Ernest and Celestine! Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding... [read more]

First Viewing: July 13, 2019


Join us during Ohio Brew Week’s Last Call Celebration, and be sure to bring your sweet tooth for the third film in our Beat the Heat summer movie series, Willy Wonka and... [read more]

First Viewing: July 20, 2019

Beat the Heat: SONG OF THE SEA

Get ready to submerge yourself in Irish folklore with Song of the Sea, the fourth movie in our Beat the Heat summer movie series. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies,... [read more]

First Viewing: July 27, 2019

Beat the Heat Big Kid’s Night: NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

A movie for the big kids, and the big kids at heart, we proudly present, Napoleon Dynamite in our Beat the Heat summer movie series. Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy... [read more]

First Viewing: August 2, 2019

Beat the Heat: CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Are you not ready for the end of the Athen’s County Fair? Neither are we! Enjoy Charlotte’s Web as our next film in the Beat the Heat summer movie series. E.B. White’s... [read more]

First Viewing: August 10, 2019


Ready to listen to the music? In partnership with the Athens Community Arts and Music Festival we bring you The Triplets of Belleville as the final movie in our Beat the Heat... [read more]

First Viewing: August 17, 2019

Previous Beat the Heat $2 Days Showings

Sponsored by Ohio University, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athens County Children Services and Ohio University Credit Union. Additional partners include Athens County Public Libraries and Athens Community Arts, Parks & Recreation.