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Drive-ins for movies, music, and more

This summer, drive-ins provide safe places to gather

Transit Drive-In and Buffalo Ironworks have teamed up for a Live at the Drive-In concert series


Stay in the car and stay safe. That seems to be the underlying theme as churches, schools, wedding planners, and concert organizers turn to using actual drive-in theaters as well as the drive-thru concept for their events. This way of doing large gatherings allows everyone to be separate and yet—somewhat—together.


Drive-in movies

Transit Drive-in in Lockport has been operated by three generations of the Cohen family since 1957 and has had its ups and downs. Over the past two decades, however, it’s been going strong, with as many as 1,000 patrons on most weekends. Under COVID restrictions, such crowds are not possible, with a fifty percent capacity limit, but it’s still a great family option and an ideal escape from cabin fever. Visit the website to find out what’s playing and learn the new rules: transitdrivein.com.


Artpark has plenty of space to show outdoor movies and maintain distancing. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer, 200 cars parked six feet apart in Parking Lot D will be admitted to watch films on two LED screens. A VIP option is presented in the Painted Parking lot, which will only allow fifty cars.


July 14 at 8pm: Rocketman (R)

July 16 at 7:30pm: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)

July 21 at 8pm: Ray (PG-13)

July 23 at 7:30pm: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (PG-13)

July 30 at 7:30pm: Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG)


Check artpark.net for more information.


Drive-in concerts

Transit Drive-In and Buffalo Ironworks have teamed up for a Live at the Drive-In concert series dedicated to local and regional bands. This month’s line-up:


JULY 4: West of the Mark and Two Hills “Reloaded”

JULY 11: Critt’s Juke Joint “Motown Funk and Soul”

JULY 18: Funktional Flow

JULY 25: Kickstart Rumble “Sun Records 1950s”

JULY 31: Mikey Carubba’s Super Jam including Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz), Greg Sanderson (Turkuaz) and Eric Crittenden


Gates open at 1 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at buffaloironworks.com or transitdrivein.com.



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