Outdoor Movies this Summer

Cinema, City Guide, For Kids


Written by Morgan Culhane

Published on August 25, 2016

Canalside Movie Night, Movie Nights in WNY, Step Out Buffalo

Tuesday Night Flicks @ Canalside

Updated June 2018

Summer nights are the perfect opportunity to grab a blanket and your favorite snack and drinks to catch an outdoor flick. Here in Buffalo there are plenty of places showing outdoor movies (many for free) now through September.

Movies in the Meadow @ Delaware Park

The Parkside Community Association is hosting their annual “Movies in the Meadow” program again this year. Movies are shown on Friday nights beginning in  August until the first Friday in September. They take place in the beautiful Delaware Park behind the Parkside Lodge. Stock your own cooler or purchase refreshments including popcorn, candy, and water at the showing. All movies are rated PG (unless noted).  
Movies are free and start just after dusk.
July 27:  The Lost Boys of South Sudan with Journeys End Refugee Services
August 3: Incredibles
August 10: Marshall
August 17: A league of their own
August 24: Roman Holiday
August 31: Black Panther

Transit Road Drive-In

6655 S Transit Rd, South Lockport
If you’ve never been to the drive-in, there’s still plenty of time to cross it off your bucket list. Rain or shine, movies are projected on 5 screens every day of the week. Make an entire night of it by staying for a double feature like The Incredibles 2 and The Avengers, Hereditary and Deadpool 2, or Ocean’s 8 and Tag. Retro Movie Nights are held every Tuesday showing classics like The Sandlot and The Goonies, Jurassic World, Uncle Drew, Sicario 2, The First Purge, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Skyscraper . Click here to see what’s showing now!
Admission is $9 for ages 12 and up, $4 for kids 5 – 11 and free for age 4 and under. Showings start as early as 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday Movie Series @ Canalside

The Great Lawn, Canalside
If you love Canalside as much as we do, Tuesday Night Flix is a must-experience. With the beautiful view and the cool breeze, Canalside is a picture-perfect spot to catch a movie. There are also fun activities to entertain your kiddies before the movies beginning around 7pm. Adirondack chairs in high demand, so it’s best to bring your own chairs and blankets and don’t forget to pack your favorite snacks and beverages.
Flicks are free and begin around 6 pm  
July 24th: Elf, rated PG
July 31st: The Lego Ninjago Movie, rated PG
August 7th: Coco, rated PG
August 14th: The Wizard of Oz, rated PG
August 21st: The Greatest Showman, rated PG
August 28th: Boss Baby, rated PG

Twin Delevan Drive-In

11771 New York 16, Delevan
An evening at the drive-in is the ideal way to spend a summer or fall night. The Twin Delevan Drive-In is open 7 days a week for your movie-watching pleasure through sometime in October. With two screens and double features, you have choices to watch these films starting at dusk.  The ticket office opens at 7 pm daily and full concessions are available for purchase. Check Out Their Facebook Page for upcoming showings.
Movies are $8 for adults, $7 for Senior Citizens, $5 for ages 4 – 12 and free for 3 and under.


Flicks on Old Falls

Old Falls Street’s Middle Block
Every Thursday night through August 30th, catch free movies on Old Falls Street. Food and beverages are available for purchase, but bring your own chairs and blankets. While you’re waiting for the movie to start, check out the Pre-show Party presented by D+B Karaoke and DJ.  
Movies are free and begin around 8:30 pm.
Thursday, July 26th — Coco (2017)
Thursday, August 2nd — Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Thursday, August 9th — Peter Rabbit (2018)
Thursday, August 16th — Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Thursday, August 23rd — Wonder (2017)
Thursday, August 30th — Early Man (2018)

Movies in the Park – Hamlin Park

Hamlin Park, East Aurora
Every Friday night in July and August, catch a film the whole family will love at Hamlin Park. Be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets and arrive early to claim your spot on the hill. Refreshments
are available for purchase.
Movies are free and begin at dusk.
Friday, July 27th – Despicable Me 3
Friday, August 3rd – Ferdinand
Friday, August 10th – Lego Batman Movie
Friday, August 17th – Sing
Friday, August 24th – Cars 3
Friday, August 31st – Wonder


UB Summer Film Series

University at Buffalo
Some of 2018’s biggest movies can be seen at UB this summer. The free series presented by the Undergraduate Student Association runs through the end of August Monday and Friday nights on the Special Events Field adjacent to the Student Union on the North Campus, and on Wednesday night on the Hayes Hall lawn on the South Campus. The screenings are open to the UB community as well as the general public. If it rains, screenings will move inside to the Student Union Theater on North Campus or Allen Hall on South Campus.
Movies are free and screenings take place at 9:15 p.m. (June), 9 p.m. (July), and 8:45 p.m. (August) 
July 23, 25 and 27: “Deadpool 2.”
July 30 and Aug. 1 and 3: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Aug. 6, 8 and 10: “Isle of Dogs.”
Aug. 13, 15 and 17: “Ready Player One.”
Aug. 20, 22 and 24: “Avengers: Infinity Wars.”

Chestnut Ridge Park

Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park
Free with free-will donations accepted. Their rain location is the park Casino.
Aug. 25: “Shrek” (8:15 p.m.)
Sept. 14: “The Lion King” (7:30 p.m.)

Green Acres Ice Cream

Movies start at dusk and Ice Cream will be sold! Movies are all free.
July 24: “Elf”
July 31: “The Lego Ninjago Movie”
Aug. 7: “Coco”
Aug. 14: “The Wizard Of Oz”
Aug. 21: “The Greatest Showman”
Aug. 28: “Boss Baby”

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Morgan Culhane</a>

Written by Morgan Culhane

Morgan is a storyteller with a passion for exploring Buffalo's food and beverage scene. She enjoys drinking craft beer so much that she started a business dedicated to promoting this industry. As the co-founder of Content on Draft, she develops social media marketing strategies for craft beverage companies in Buffalo and beyond… and she loves it!
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