Where to Catch an Outdoor Movie This Summer

Cinema, City Guide, Culture & Arts, For Kids, Things to Do


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on July 24, 2015
Canalside Outdoor Movie

Tuesday Night Flick @ Canalside

In our opinion, one of the best ways to end a hot summer day is sprawled out on a lawn with a cold beverage in hand, watching a classic movie. But at this point in the summer as long as it’s outside, we’re into it. Here’s a list of where to catch an outdoor flick this summer in Western New York. #BuffaloisAwesome


Movies in the Meadow @ Delaware Park

Behind the Parkside Lodge at 44-104 Parkside Ave in Delaware Park, Buffalo

The Parkside Community Association presents “Movies in the meadow” on Friday nights starting in August. They’re showing PG movies, selling snacks and water and even have a few surprises up their sleeves. Feel free to pack goodies for the show as well.

Movies are free and start just after dusk.

August 7 – Ghostbusters
August 14 – Fantastic Mr. Fox
August 21 – North By Northwest
August 28 – Cinderella
September 4 – Interstellar


Transit Road Drive-In

6655 S Transit Rd, South Lockport, NY

Spend your movie night at the drive-in where these troopers show films rain or shine daily. They have 4 screens, a snack bar, and Retro Movie Night every Tuesday. Sit back and enjoy double features like Minions and Inside Out, Trainwreck and The Gallows, or a vintage set like Dirty Dancing and Road House. They even do triple features on the weekends. Click here to see whats showing now!

Admission is $9 for ages 12 and up, $4 for kids 5 – 11 and free for age 4 and under. Showings start around 9 pm.


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Tuesday Night Flicks @ Canalside

Tuesday Night Flicks @ Canalside

The Great Lawn, Canalside

This is probably the cutest way to spend a Tuesday night in Buffalo. And that’s saying a lot because Tuesday night has a lot going for it. I can’t overstate how picture perfect this event is when the weather is good. Bring a blanket and a sweatshirt (you’ll be right by the water) and a lawn chair and a cooler with snacks and bevys. Adirondack chairs are first come first serve, so good luck with that.

Tuesday Night Flicks are free and begin around 8:30 pm.

June 9 – Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Presented by Squeaky Wheel
June 16 – Plan 9 From Outer Space – Presented by Off Beat Cinema
June 23 – Jurassic Park
June 30 – Mission Impossible
July 7 – Despicable Me
July 14 – Moonrise Kingdom (2012)- Presented by Squeaky Wheel
July 21 – Day of the Triffids – Presented by Off Beat Cinema
July 28 – Indian in the Cupboard
Aug 4 – Up
August 11 – Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)- Presented by Squeaky Wheel
August 18 – Village of the Giants – Presented by Off Beat Cinema
August 25 – The Lego Movie
September 1 – Grand Budapest Hotel – Presented by Squeaky Wheel


Free Family Movie Nights @ Artpark

Artpark, Lewiston

2015 dates (yep, two dates this year) for Family Movie Night at Artpark are Monday August 17 where they will play Frozen Sing-A-Long and Monday August 24 when you can catch Finding Nemo. They’ll have a jumbotron screen set up in the Upper Park overlooking the Niagara River Gorge. BYOLC – bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the free flick. Light concessions will be available for purchase.

Movies are free and start around dusk.


Movies in the Courtyard @ Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant

56 W Chippewa St, Buffalo

Every Wednesday and Thursday night this summer (through September) enjoy a somewhat different kind of movie night in Bacchus’ beautiful courtyard. These outdoor flicks involve comfy chairs, table service and a nice glass of wine. Can’t say no to that.

Movies nights at Bacchus are free and start just after dusk. Reservations are required.

July 15 – The Interview
July 16 – As Good as It Gets

July 22 – There’s Something About Mary
July 23 – Crazy Stupid Love

July 29 – Super Troopers
July 30 – Date Night

August 5 – Office Space
August 6 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

August 12 – Top Gun
August 13 – 16 Candles

August 19 – Swingers
August 20 – He’s Just Not That Into You

August 26 – Sideways
August 27 – Princess Bride

September 2 – Good Will Hunting
September 3 – Friends With Benefits

September 9 – Animal House
September 10 – Gone With the Wind

September 16 – Millers Crossing
September 17 – Chocolat

September 23 – Big Night
September 24 – Grease


Twin Delvan Drive-In

These guys are open 7 days a week in the summer. With multiple screens and double features, you’ll have tons of options here. The ticket office opens at 8pm daily. Click here to see what’s playing now.

Movies are $8 for adults, $7 for Senior Citizens, $5 for ages 4 – 12 and free for 3 and under. 



Photo from Old Falls Street USA’s Facebook

Flicks on Old Falls

Every Thursday night (plus some additional Saturday nights) from now through August 27, catch free movies on Old Falls Street. Food and beverages are available for purchase and movie-goers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. While you’re waiting for the movie to start, look for BlueCross BlueShield’s Healthy Zone Cruiser full of lawn games.

Movies are free and begin around 9 pm. Check here for weather updates.

Thursday, July 30 – Frozen Sing Along

Saturday, August 1 – Old Falls Street “Date Night” Presents Dirty Dancing

Thursday, August 6 – Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Thursday, August 13 – Finding Nemo

Thursday, August 20 – The Goonies

Thursday, August 27 – Toy Story


Movies in the Park – Hamlin Park

Hamlin Park, East Aurora

Every Friday night in July and August, catch a family friendly film in Hamlin Park. Bring chairs and get there early to get a nice smooth spot on the hill. Concessions are available for purchase. Remember, “it does not have to be completely dark before they show a film”.

Movies are free and begin at dusk.

July 24 – Wreck it Ralph

July 31 – Tangled

Aug 7 – Lego Movie

Aug 14 – The Incredibles

Aug 21 – Monsters University

Aug 28 – Frozen


Movies in the Park – Island Park

Island Park, Williamsville

Bring chairs, a blanket and some snacks to Island Park on August 7 and August 21 for free family movie night. The movies they’ll be showing still remain undetermined, but who cares what movie it is anyways. AmIright?

Movies are free and begin around dusk.


Movies at Chestnut Ridge Park

Chestnut Ridge Park Casino, Orchard Park

On August 21 catch Despicable Me 2 at The Ridge!

The movie is free and starts at 8:15.


Movie Night at Coca Cola Field

Coca Cola Field, Buffalo

Take the kids to a free showing of The Lego Movie on the Buffalo Bisons’ front lawn – that’s Coca Cola Field to be exact. Either sit in the stands or on the field as you watch the movie run on the Bison’s scoreboard.

The movie is free and starts at 7pm on Thursday, August 6.


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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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