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Guide to Outdoor Movies this Summer in WNY 2021

Cinema, Culture & Arts, Family Friendly, Things to Do

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Written by Sean Bermingham

Published on July 7, 2021

Cherishing summertime in Buffalo is certainly best outdoors so how about an outdoor movie? Buffalo has plenty of places showing movies outside throughout the summer. Without further ado, Get the popcorn, blankets, favorite snacks, and lawn chairs ready before showtime!

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Buffalo Waterfront Drive-In Movie Series

325 Fuhrmann Blvd Buffalo, NY 14203

The Buffalo Waterfront is excited to host its second annual summer Drive-In Movie Series in the summer of 2021! You’re probably wondering where and when this takes place. No worries, we’ve got you covered!

Free of cost, Buffalo’s Outer Harbor Event Space will be the host of six different movies on three separate dates. That’s right, once you are settled in you can watch two movies in a row for those who love binge watching!

The Movie Series kicks off on July 17th, and will have subsequent shows July 31st and August 21st. Outside food and beverage will be permitted, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed. Showtimes and ticket information are as follows (one Ticket will be required per vehicle):

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Artpark’s Outdoor Movie Series

450 S 4th Street Lewiston, NY 14092 // Website

Distance from Buffalo: 26.2 miles // 33 minute drive

For the North Towners and Niagara County fams, we are pleased to inform you of an outdoor movie series in your neck of the woods, thanks to Artpark. Artpark is presenting it’s Summer Outdoor Movie experience which will run from July 10th- August 25th during the Summer of 2021.

This year it will move out from the cars to outside under the stars! The films will be displayed on a 30 foot screen on the Artpark Amphitheater Stage. If you’re planning on attending be sure to pack lawn chairs and blankets to ensure you’re comfortable during the movie.

Tickets are $10 a person which include $5 concession stand coupons. More Info here.

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National Comedy Center

203 West Second Street , Jamestown 14701 NY 14701

As part of National Comedy Center’s Summer Fun Weeks you’ll get to attend weekly, free outdoor comedy movies during the Comedy Center’s Riverside Saturdays at Comedy Center Park, situated behind the National Comedy Center alongside the Jamestown Riverwalk on the Chadako in River. Riverside Saturdays will run from June 26 through August 7 and feature music, a new outdoor patio café/bar and fun activities for the entire family on Saturday evenings starting at 7 pm, with entertainment by live bands, including The Untouchables, St. Vith, Uptown Fever and For the People, and family comedy shows from comedian and variety entertainer Nels Ross. The feature film will start each Saturday at dusk (8:45 pm) on two jumbo outdoor screens.

Here’s the outdoor movie lineup for 2021:

  • June 26 Buddy Comedy Wayne’s World The Untouchables
  • July 3 Comedy in the Workplace Groundhog Day
  • July 10 Healing Power of Comedy Sister Act
  • July 17 Animation and Cartooning  Monsters Inc Nels Ross Family Comedy Show (7-8)
  • July 24 Slapstick Comedy Airplane  St. Vith
  • July 31 Legends of Comedy Blues Brothers Uptown Fever
  • August 7 We Love Lucy & Desi Classic Lucy & Desi For the People

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Transit Road Drive-In

6655 S Transit Road Lockport, NY 14094

Whether it’s with friends, family, or your special someone, a cozy night awaits you at The Transit Road Drive-In. Open every night rain or starlight with five screens available, it’s safe to say the opportunities are endless here!

Prepare your vehicle with warm blankets complimented by the buttery popcorn available at the concession stand. Watching two movies in a row for no extra cost is a perk of the ‘Double Header’ showtimes- talk about a deal!

For more info check out their website, and purchase tickets here.

Twin Delevan Drive-In

11771 New York 16, Delevan

A trip to the drive in beholds one of the most captivating things to do on a summer night in Buffalo. The Twin Delevan Drive-In is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, throughout the summertime for your viewing pleasure. Starting at Dusk, Twin Screens and Double Features will be available to the public. The Ticket Office opens at 7pm daily and full concessions are available to purchase. Check out their Facebook page to find out what’s showing!

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Sunset Drive-In

Since 1950, The Sunset Drive-In in Middleport has captured the essence of the outdoor movie experience across WNY. This unique and affordable experience will not fail to disappoint, as it boasts three separate screens to ensure an assortment of options. The Drive-In is open six days a week aside from Mondays, and showtimes begin around dusk. What are you waiting for? Check out the Sunset Drive-In tonight!

For more information check out their website.

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Charcoal Corral and Silver Lake Drive-In

7037 Chapman Ave, Perry, NY 14530 // Website

Located in Perry, NY this spot has 2 screens with all kinds of events and activities for the whole family. There is live entertainment, car shows, bounce houses, mini golf and more including a restaurant and pizzeria on-site.

Check out whats showing next here.

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/seanbermingham/" target="_self">Sean Bermingham</a>

Written by Sean Bermingham

Sean is a SUNY Fredonia graduate with his Bachelor's Degree in English. As a Buffalonian born and raised, Sean is an avid sports fan, writer, outdoors enthusiast, and lover of music. His hobbies include hiking with his yellow lab, spending time with family, and making an impact in our wonderful community.
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