Prepare to Go Retro at the Transit Drive-In


A few weeks ago, I told you about “Going Attractions,” a documentary on drive-in movie theater history and culture that was screening at the Transit Drive-In. That was a very cool event, and the drive-in has something else special happening all summer long: Retro Movie Tuesdays.

Smaller movie theaters have realized the importance of special events, and this one is simple, and effective: classic movies on the drive-in screen every Tuesday of the summer. What I like about the lineup is that these films are, for the most part, REAL classics — not just recent summer blockbusters.

For example, tonight is a double bill of one film I love, and one I appreciate: Mel Brooks’s immortal comedy “Young Frankenstein” at 9:15 p.m., followed by the cult fave “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 11:15.

I recently watched most of a PBS special on Mel Brooks, and it was a reminder of what a genius the director of “Blazing Saddles” is. And how fitting that “Young Frankenstein” will screen during the summer in which a very loose adaptation of his son Max’s “World War Z” is lighting up the box office.

Meanwhile, I have never been one of the “Rocky Horror” faithful, but its screenings look to be a blast — the one in “Perks of Being a Wallflower” certainly was.

August 6 brings two great family films, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 9 and “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” at 11. Tell ’em Large Marge sent you.

Two of my most beloved films growing up show at 9 and 11:15 on August 13: the John Belushi classics “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers.” It’s gonna be pretty hard eating corn-on-the-cob with no — You probably know how that ends.

Mad Max and Snake Plissken take center stage on August 20, as “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” and “Escape From New York” screen at 9 and 11.

And the series comes to a close on Tuesday, August 27, with about as killer a double bill one could imagine: “Anchorman” at 9, and “The Big Lebowski” at 11.

Admission is $9 for ages 12 and older, $4 for children ages 5 to 11, and free for children under 4. Advance tickets can be purchased online.

Support your local drive-in, WNY — it’s the last one we’ve got.

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