11 Best Spots in Buffalo to Watch an Outdoor Movie this Summer

Cinema, City Guide, Culture & Arts, For Kids


Written by Francesca Bond

Published on June 12, 2017

Sunset Drive-In // Photo x Francesca Bond

Summertime in Buffalo just keeps getting better. One of the best and most inexpensive activities to do this summer is outdoor movie watching. Places like Canalside, Delaware Park, restaurants and more are all hopping on this popular trend. Most of the places listed are free so go ahead and save a few bucks and enjoy a great flick under the stars.
Whether you visit a classic like a drive in (please blast the Grease soundtrack on your way there) or opt to try out a free movie in a park, make sure to visit at least one of these movie venues this summer.

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Tuesday Night Flicks @ Canalside

Canalside Tuesday Night Flicks

Seriously what doesn’t Canalside have? Add movie night to your long list of Canalside festivities to attend this summer. Every Tuesday, Canalside presents a movie on a large inflatable screen, overlooking the lake. It doesn’t get more #Buffalove than that, folks. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks for your cozy outdoor movie night.
The lineup:
June 20th: Edward Scissorhands
June 27th: Hidden Figures
July 11th: Moana
July 18th: The Sandlot
July 25th: West Side Story
August 1st: Trolls
August 8th: Secret Life of Pets
August 15th: 50 First Dates
August 22nd: Space Jam
August 29th: Beauty and the Beast
Where: Canalside, 44 Prime Street, Buffalo
When: Tuesday nights, movies begin around 8:30 PM
Cost: Free

Delaware Park Movies in the Meadow

Beginning on the first Friday in August, The Parkside Community Association shows a movie in the park every Friday. These movies are PG, family-friendly and free! Bring snacks, blankets, and chairs. The lineup has not been announced yet.

The Lineup: 
August 4: The Secret Life of Pets
August 11: The Natural
August 18: Hidden Figures
August 25: The Wizard of Oz
September 1: Star Wars: Rogue One
Where: Parkside Lodge at 44-104 Parkside Ave in Delaware Park, Buffalo
When: Every Friday night in August and the first Friday in September. Movies begin just after dusk.
Cost: Free

Artpark Family Movie Nights

Artpark, a popular concert venue located in beautiful Lewiston, will be holding two family movie nights this summer. Bring the children or just embrace your inner child and enjoy the movie under the stars. The movie plays on a jumbotron overlooking the Niagara Gorge.
The lineup:
August 14 – Zootopia
August 21 – Sing!
Where: Artpark, 450 South 4th Street, Lewiston
When: Movies begin at 7:30 PM
Cost: Free


Movies in the Courtyard at Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant

Picture this: a gourmet candlelit dinner in an adorable courtyard, with a glass of wine and a classic movie playing on the screen. At Bacchus, make this daydream a reality. With an impressive lineup of dates including 19 different movies, you are sure to find one your friends or date will love.
The lineup:
June 7- Manchurian Candidate
June 14- The Outsiders
June 21- Annie Hall
June 28- American Beauty
July 5- Chicago
July 12- True Romance
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
September 6- Psycho
September 13- Moulin Rouge
September 20- Gran Torino
September 27- Road to Perdition
Where: 56 W Chippewa St, Buffalo
When: Wednesday nights from June to September
Cost: Dinner, hors d’oeuvres or drinks

Flicks on Old Falls

Flicks on Old Falls

Visit the historic Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls for a family-oriented outdoor movie night. The movies play on a 20-foot long inflatable screen and there is even a DJ playing kid’s karaoke before each showing.
The lineup:
June 29- The Secret Life of Pets
July 6- Space Jam
July 13- Finding Dory
July 20- The Angry Birds Movie
July 27- Storks
August 3- Sing
August 10- Zootopia
August 17- The Lego Batman Movie
August 24- Moana
August 31- Pete’s Dragon

Where: 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls
When: Every Thursday night, movie plays around 9 PM, DJ begins at 7:30 PM
Cost: Free

Thin Man Brewery

Thin Man Brewery Patio / Photo x Colin Gordon

Movie-Themed Brunches at Thin Man Brewery

Here is a creative one: join fellow brunchers at Thin Man Brewery on Elmwood for a themed brunch of some of your favorite movies. On a large projector screen upstairs, watch classics like The Breakfast Club and Star Wars. Do one better and dress according to the theme as well.
Where492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
When: Next upcoming brunch is The Breakfast Club (80’s themed) on Sunday, June 25th from 11 AM to 4 PM


Movies in the Park in East Aurora

Catch a movie every Friday night in July and August at gorgeous Hamlin Park. Most features are animated, bring chairs and blankets, and light concessions will be available.
Where: Hamlin Park, East Aurora
When: Movies begin just before dusk
Cost: Free

Coca Cola Field movie night // Photo x Flickriver

Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Coca-Cola Field

This is a one-time affair, but one you’re not going to want to miss. Catch a showing of Star Wars for the Bisons’ movie night while sitting on the field or in the seating area. Bring a blanket and your best Yoda impersonation.
Where: Coca-Cola Field
When: August 2nd at 7 PM
Cost: Admission is $10

Transit Drive-In // Photo x Francesca Bond

Transit Drive-In

The Transit Drive-In is a WNY staple. Not only does it have a centralized location, but it also has four movie screens and it’s open seven nights a week, rain or shine. Catch new movies like Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy, or catch old movies on their Retro Movie Tuesdays. Some of the classics include The Breakfast Club, Rocky and Dirty Dancing. Oh did I mention there’s a miniature golf course? Sounds like the perfect summer night.
Where: 6655 S Transit Rd, Lockport
When: Every night (rain or shine). Box office opens at 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM on Sunday-Thursday. Movies begin as soon as it gets dark.
Cost: Admission is 9$ for age 12 and up, 4$ for age 5-11, free for children 4 and under.

Sunset Drive-In // Photo x Yelp

Sunset Drive-In

This Drive-In, located in Middleport, will make you feel like you’re straight out of Grease. Surrounded by trees, the best part about this drive-in is that you can lay your blanket out on the grass and since it’s located in the country, you can see all the stars. Visit the concession building, that honestly has not changed since the 50s in the most charming way, for even more vintage vibes (and an amazing snow cone).
Where: 9950 Telegraph Rd, Middleport
When: Friday-Sunday (rain or shine). Movies begin as soon as it gets dark, just around 9 PM.
Cost: Admission is 9$ for age 12 and up, 4$ for age 5-11, free for children 4 and under.

Outdoor Movie Night at Broadway Driving Range and Miniature Golf and Green Acres Ice Cream 

Enjoy a free, outdoor movie every Wednesday starting July 12th through August 16th at Broadway Driving Range in Depew. This one is great for the kids, as there will be a pajama party with prizes.
Where:4367 Broadway, Depew
When: Every Wednesday from 7/12 through 8/16
Cost: Free

Chestnut Ridge Outdoor Movie Series

Chestnut Ridge, located in Orchard Park, is a beautiful park and one of Western New Yorkers’ favorites. Catch two Disney classics; Ratatouille and Beauty and The Beast.
Where: Chestnut Ridge Park Casino, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park
When: August 20th @ 8:15 PM – Ratatouille, September 16th @ 7:30 PM – Beauty and the Beast
Cost: Free

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Francesca Bond</a>

Written by Francesca Bond

Francesca was a Step Out Buffalo intern in 2017.
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