Movies in the Moonlight

Cinema, Culture & Arts


Written by Jessica Kelly

Published on August 1, 2014

Canalside Outdoor Movie

I love wrapping up my nights relaxing with a great movie, but it’s a shame to spend these gorgeous summer evenings inside.  I found a compromise; outdoor movies!  Everyone is really enjoying the outdoor film trend that is taking over Buffalo this summer.

Transit Drive-in 

Irving and Mary Cohen bought the Transit Drive-in in 1957 from a pack of Buffalo businessmen.  The Transit Drive-in Theater has since been run by three generations of the Cohen family.  The Transit Drive-in, located at 6655 S. Transit Road in Lockport, started their Retro Movie Night on Tuesdays and this line up is just too good to miss.  Admission is just $9 for a double feature of old school movies you love.  Retro movie night runs from July 22nd – August 26th with their ticket office opening at 8pm.  Here’s the Tuesday night line up for Retro Movie Night!Outdoor Movie at Canalside

  • July 22nd  Gremlins and Jurassic Park
  • July 29th  Moulin Rouge and The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • August 5th  The NeverEnding Story and The Princess Bride
  • August 12th  Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Wayne’s World
  • August 19th  Stand By Me and The Lost Boys
  • August 26th  Arthur and The Jerk

Pop the trunk, grab some blankets and enjoy some of your favorite movies on the big screen!



Movies in the Meadow @ Delaware Park

The Parkside Community Association presents Movies in the Meadow Friday nights through the month of August in Delaware Park right behind the Parkside Lodge, located at 44-104 Parkside Ave, Buffalo.  Refreshments will be available along with popcorn and candy, but feel free to pack up your own goodies, as well. The 2014 Film Lineup for August includes the following features.

  • August 1st  Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America & Olmsted’s Enduring Legacy
  • August 8th  The Princess Bride
  • August 15th  Citizen Kane
  • August 22nd  The Goonies
  • August 29th  Frozen

The movies begin at dusk with surprises in store for the film fanatics!


Canalside Tuesday Flicks

Every Tuesday night in July and August free films will be presented by Squeaky Wheel and the S. Thomas Group at Canalside, located at 1 Naval Park Cove right next to Liberty Hound.  Enjoy their free outdoor screening series that is filled with films for every age.  The series kicked off on July 8th with the Black Maria Film Festival.  This festival, named after Thomas Edison’s motion picture studio, consists of short film from around the globe.   So far, they’ve shown The Goonies on July 15th, Dumb & Dumber on July 22nd and  The Dark Night on July 29th. The remainder of the summer schedule is composed of the following movies and shows:

  • August 5th  The 11th Annual Squeaky Wheel Animation Fest where artists from across the World can share their work.
  • August 12th  The Big Lebowski
  • August 19th  Silent/Sound: The Vores Soundtrack Soundtrack a Suite of Surrealist Films -Each year Squeaky Wheel offers local sound artists the opportunity to develop a live soundtrack for a classic silent film.
  • August 26th  The Endless Summer Remix – Live music and light show to the classic film, The Endless Summer

My boyfriend and I decided to see the Goonies on the blow up screen on July 15th.  We packed up a cooler with wine, solo cups, and a cheese and meat plate with lawn chairs and a blanket.  I have to say, out of all of our dates, this was one of my favorites.  It was relaxing, romantic, and something different.  The movies begin around 8:30pm and adirondack chairs are available for the first 100 guests.  Pack your own picnic or pick up some food truck treats from Larkin Square before heading over to the canal for a movie along the water.

Canalside Movie


Bacchus’ Courtyard

Bacchus, located at 56 W Chippewa Street, is offering movie nights in their stunning courtyard on Wednesday and Thursday nights through September.

They do take reservations for their courtyard tables.  You can watch the movie while ordering a few items off of their small plates menu or their cheese menu (yes, they have an entire menu of just cheese, so naturally I love this place). Whether it’s a chick flick or a comedy, it adds some flare to a night out!




Island Park

Island Park located in the Village of Williamsville, located at 5565 Main St., began their film festival with Frozen on July 18th.  The ice cream truck was parked off to the side before the movie began and there were bags of fresh buttery popcorn and bottles of water available to buy.  Walk over to the park with your lawn chairs, a group of friends, or your family and enjoy the kid friendly show! Other films coming this summer to Island Park include the following.

  • August 8th  The Lego Movie
  • August 22nd  Double Feature: Mr. Peabody and Sherman and E.T.

Movies start at dusk so be sure to get there early to claim your spot!


Movie Night @ Coca-Cola Field

Coca-Cola Field, located at 275 Washington St, is hosting a free admission movie night on August 7th at 7pm.  At the home of the Buffalo Bisons, Frozen will be played on the big screen!  Popcorn, candy and pop will be available to purchase that night at the stadium.  This is not a reoccurring movie night, so if you have something going on that night, let it go and enjoy the show!


Hamlin Park

Hamlin Park in East Aurora, located at 166 South Grove Street, has a lineup of animated features perfect for families to enjoy together.  Grab your chairs, bug spray and blankets and enjoy the show!  Their summer set includes;

  • 7/11 – Frozen
  • 7/18 – The Lego Movie
  • 7/25 – Despicable Me 2
  • 8/1 – The Smurfs 2
  • 8/8 – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • 8/15 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  • 8/22 – Monsters Inc.
  • 8/29 – Planes

Movies begin at dusk at the Hamlin Park Bandstand.

Outdoor Movie


Chestnut Ridge

Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, located at 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, has a one-time free movie screening of the Wizard of Oz on August 15th.  The movie will begin around 8:30 and go until about 11pm.

Whether it’s a date, a night out with friends, or a family bonding picnic, look for outdoor screenings at a park near you!

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Jessica Kelly</a>

Written by Jessica Kelly

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