Summer Outdoor Movies
By Jennifer Weber
As with most events in Western New York in the summertime, there’s never a lack of options available for entertainment.
For those who love movies, there’s nothing like a nostalgic, memory-making night under the stars at one of the area drive-in theaters.
Head to the nearby Delevan Twin Drive-In, at 11771 Route 16 in Delevan, and take in a movie double header. Prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 4-12 and free for 3 and under. For more info, visit www.delevandrivein.net.
The Transit Drive-In located at 6655 South Transit Road in Lockport shows movies on four different screens every night of the week rain or shine. Tickets are $9 for adults (ages 12 and older), $4 children (ages 5-11) and free for children under 4 years of age. The ticket office opens at 7 p.m. during the week and at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. You will want to get there early (and enjoy a round at their miniature golf course) to avoid the long lines closer to movie time. Midnight movie tickets are available 30 minutes before show time and are only $6.
In addition to new blockbuster movies, the Transit Drive-In hosts the very popular Retro Movie Tuesday series (schedule below). For more information visit www.transitdrivein.com.
July 18: Dirty Dancing/La Bamba
July 25: The Wizard of Oz/Twister
August 1: Army of Darkness/Rocky Horror Picture Show
August 8: Pretty in Pink/Say Anything
August 15: The Princess Bride/When Harry Met Sally
August 22: Wargames/Robocop
August 29: Silence of the Lambs/Something Wild
The Portville Drive-In located at1060 Olean-Portville Rd, Portville is open on all week rain or shine. Tickets are $7 for adults (ages 12 and older) and $2 for children (ages 11 and under.) The ticket office opens at 7:30 p.m. This drive-in is nestled in the countryside of Cattaraugus County and hosts two movie screens, including one of the largest in New York State and a snack bar filled with goodies. For more information visit www.portvilledrivein.com.
The Silver Lake Twin Drive-In located at 7037 Chapman Avenue in (near Letchworth State Park) Perry is open all week, rain or shine. Tickets are $8 for adults (ages 11 and older), $5 for children (ages 4-10) and free for children under the age of 3. Ticket office opens at 6 p.m., get there early to enjoy a round of miniature golf and some food from the Charcoal Corral. For more information, visit www.charcoalcorral.com.
Of course there are seemingly endless options for outdoor movie fun throughout Western New York and often these movies are FREE of charge. Here’s a list of just a few offered around the area .With so many options available, you have to put at least one of these spots on your Summer Bucket List.
In the City of Buffalo check out Buffalo Harbor Movies Under the Stars located at 1111 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo for a free family friendly movie every Wednesday evening. Schedule is as follows:
July 18: Up!
July 26: Zootopia
August 2: Bee Movie
August 9: Wall E
August 16: Lego Movie
August 23: Shrek
August 30: Dory
No summer is complete without a visit to Canalside Buffalo. Check out their free movie series on Tuesday nights. Bring a lawn chair and if you’re lucky, Adirondack chairs are available for the first 100 guests. Schedule is below. For more information, www.canalsidebuffalo.com.
July 18: The Sandlot
July 25: West Side Story
August 1: Trolls
August 8: Secret Life of Pets
August 15: 50 First Dates
August 22: Space Jam
August 29: Beauty and the Beast
Another free family friendly movie night can be found at Family Movie Night at Shakespeare Hill located at 199 Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo. This series is presented by Wegmans and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy with movies starting around 7 p.m. and is dependent on the weather forecast. Check out Shrek on July 10 and The Bee Movie on Aug. 14.
If you’re looking for movies in the park that appeal to more than families, check out Movies in the Meadow located at 84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo behind the Parkside Lodge. This free movie series starts in August and is hosted by the Parkside Community Association. Schedule is as follows:
Aug. 4: Secret Life of Pets
Aug. 11: The Natural
Aug. 18: Hidden Figures
Aug. 25: Wizard of Oz
Sept. 1: Rogue One
The University of Buffalo also has a free outdoor movie series on Monday and Friday nights on the Special Events Field adjacent to the Student Union on the North Campus and on Wednesday nights on the Hayes Hall lawn on the South Campus. For more information, visit www.ubthissummer.buffalo.edu/more/movies.html
July 14: Fast & Furious: The Fate of the Furious
July 17, 19 & 21: Ghost in the Shell
July 24, 26 & 28: Beauty and the Beast
July 31, Aug. 2 & 4: Get Out
Aug. 7, 9 & 11: Alien Covenant
Aug. 14 & 16: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Aug. 18 & 23: Wonder Woman
Aug. 21, 25 & 27: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Looking for a date night? Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant located at 56 West Chippewa Street, Buffalo offers free movies in their quaint outdoor courtyard (with the purchase of dinner.) For more information visit www.bacchusbuffalo.com.
July 19: Austin Powers
July 26: Hoosiers
August 2: Million Dollar Baby
August 9: Dirty Dancing
August 16: The Godfather Pt. 2
August 23: For Your Eyes Only
August 30: The Departed
Closer to home you can find free family-friendly Movies in the Park at Hamlin Park, located at 166 South Grove Street, East Aurora sponsored by the East Aurora Wesleyan Church.
July 14: Finding Dory
July 21: Secret Life of Pets
July 28: Lego Batman Movie
Aug. 4: Moana
Aug. 11: Storks
Aug. 18: Trolls
Aug. 25: Sing
In Orchard Park, you can watch two free Disney movies this summer at the Chestnut Ridge Outdoor Movie Series located at the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park. Aug. 20: Ratatouille, Sept. 16: Beauty and the Beast
If you’re heading to Allegany State Park this summer, free outdoor movies are often several times a week at the Quaker General Store. Pick up a schedule at either park rental office or visit their Facebook page.
Delavan Drive-In photo by EnchantedMountains.com