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Catch popular movies for less in Valley

When money is tight, everyone wants a deal, including theatergoers. But there are some cheaper options in the Valley:

-- The weekly Movies in the Park, a presentation of the city of Fresno and Comcast, begins 7:30 p.m. tonight at Eaton Plaza in downtown Fresno.

The summer series opens with "Iron Man 2," followed by "The Karate Kid," June 17; and "Despicable Me," June 24. All of the movies are rated G, PG or PG-13.

Be sure to bring blanket or lawn chair.

The series runs through Aug. 26. Start times could be as late as 8:15 p.m. as days grow longer this summer.

-- The Cedar-Clinton Branch Library of the Fresno County Public Library will screen "Dennis the Menace" for its Free Saturday Morning Movies program at 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. June 18.

-- Fresno's Edwards Stadium 22 & IMAX, 250 Paseo Del Centro, and Manchester Stadium 16, 2055 E. Shields Ave., along with Visalia's Regal Sequoia Mall 12, 3355 South Mooney Blvd., will show older movies at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays as part of the Regal Summer Movie Express to run June 14-Aug. 10.

In the past, this summer film festival has been free, but this year admission is $1.

The titles -- all rated G or PG -- include "Despicable Me," "The Karate Kid," "The Tale of Despereaux," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Mr. Bean's Holiday," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Alpha and Omega."

It's recommended to arrive early.

-- If you prefer to see newer movies, there are a couple of ways to save bucks.

The Manchester Stadium 16 offers a Twilight Tickets program where admission is $6 to any regular feature that starts between 4- 6 p.m. All 3D movies are $9.50 during that time.

And if you are willing to wait a few weeks, United Artists Clovis Towne Center 8, 2301 Villa Ave. in Clovis, offers movies for $3. Recent releases showing there include "Scream 4," "Hop" and "Battle: Los Angeles."