July and August are Packed with Family Film Screenings

"Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse "

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At some point, summer film screenings became a Western New York staple. And that’s good news for grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and babysitters. July and August are especially busy — as you’ll see below.

Two important notes when it comes to the outdoor screenings. First, check the accompanying websites for rain locations and additional details. And second, make sure to pack chairs and snacks, to be safe.


Movie Mondays on the Water
Central Wharf at Canalside
Free; 7 p.m. start

July 1: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
July 8: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
July 15: Mary Poppins Returns
July 22: The Grinch
July 29: Cool Runnings


Regal Summer Movie Express
Regal Walden Galleria
Walden Galleria Mall
Cheektowaga, and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville
$1; 10 a.m. start

July 2-3: Despicable Me 3, The Grinch
July 9-10: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
July 16-17: Smallfoot, The Secret Life of Pets
July 23-24: The Lego Movie, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
July 30-31: Sing, How to Train Your Dragon 2
Aug. 6-7: Penguins of Madagascar, The Boss Baby
Aug. 13-14: Kung Fu Panda 3, The Lego Ninjago Movie
Aug. 20-21: Trolls, Minions
Aug. 27-28: Madagascar, Shrek 2
Sept. 3-4: How to Train Your Dragon, Storks


Transit Drive-In Retro Movie Tuesdays
Transit Drive In
6655 S. Transit Rd, Lockport
Start times vary between 8:45-9  p.m. for the first film, and 10:35-11:15 p.m. for the second film.

July 2: Top Gun, Independence Day
July 9: Superman, Wonder Woman
July 16: Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles
July 23: Better Off Dead, Say Anything
July 30: Caddyshack, Happy Gilmore
Aug. 6: Grease, Dirty Dancing
Aug. 13: Beetlejuice, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Aug. 20: Stand By Me, The Outsiders
Aug. 27: American Graffiti, The Fast and the Furious


Green Acres Ice Cream Free Outdoor Family Movie Night and Kids Pajama Party
Green Acres Ice Cream
4357 Broadway, Depew
Free; movies start at dusk

July 10: Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 17: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
July 24: The Grinch
July 31: Incredibles 2
Aug. 7: Wonder Park
Aug. 14: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World


Town of Amherst Youth and Recreation Department Summer Movie Series
Locations vary
Free; 9 p.m. start in July, 8:30 p.m. start in Aug.

July 12: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (South Long Park)
July 19: Ant-Man and the Wasp (Bassett Park)
July 26: Mary Poppins Returns (Willowridge School)
Aug. 9: Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom (Bassett Park)
Aug. 16: Bumblebee (Bassett Park)
Aug. 23: Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet (Island Park)


Family Movie Nights
Locations vary
Free; films begin at dusk

Aug. 9: Mary Poppins Returns
Aug. 19: Christopher Robin (Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park)
Aug. 23: Coco (Front Park)


Movie Night @ the Casino Hill Over Look
Chestnut Ridge Park Casino,
6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Orchard Park
Free; 7 p.m.

Aug. 24: Movie TBA


Christopher Schobert is a film critic for a number of outlets, and writes a monthly film screenings column for Buffalo Spree.




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