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, raffle prizes, giveaways and more. 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, Kids On Campus groups will have the opportunity to screen the movies at the Athena as part of their weekly summer activities. 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


Featuring a special presentation on pollinators by Teresa Caldwell from the Athens Soil & Water Conservation District. Learn about milkweed, monarch butterflies, bees and more. Children will be given Info booklets and... [read more]

First Viewing July 29, 2017


THE RED BALLOON Six-year old petit garçon Pascal Lamorisse and the biggest, shiniest ballon rouge ever–25,000 were used during shooting–share near dialogue-less adventures tagging after each other through the old Belleville section... [read more]

First Viewing August 5, 2017

Previous Beat the Heat $2 Days Showings

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