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Where to see classic movies on area screens

Here’s a look at some classic films scheduled locally. Be sure to check with your favorite venue on a regular basis to see what movies have been added. If you’re looking to enhance your home viewing experience, join the discussion on Twitter via #TCMparty, where classic film devotees regularly “watch films together,” sharing their thoughts and trivia about the movies.

Buffalo Film Seminars
Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St.

The Tuesday evening series starts with an introduction by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian of the University at Buffalo at 7 p.m., followed by the movie. Be sure to stick around for the post-film discussion.

The spring 2016 season continues with “Raging Bull,” March 22; “Ran,” March 29; “Malcolm X,” April 5; “Beau Travail,” April 12; “Waltz With Bashir,” April 19; “Amour,” April 26; and “The Fisher King,” May 3.

[Read Toni Ruberto's cover story on classic movies]


Dipson Theatres
Several locations

The six area locations of Dipson Theatres regularly screen classics and special-event cinema, such as “Bolshoi Ballet: “Spartacus” on March 13 at the Amherst Theatre. A Wim Wenders retrospective starts in April at the Amherst Theatre with “Kings of the Road,” April 7; “Paris, Texas,” April 14; “Wings of Desire,” April 21; and the director’s cut of “Until the End of the World” on May 1.

A family film series that features many contemporary classics runs at 10 a.m. Saturdays through May 21 at the Eastern Hills Cinema; coming up are “The Land Before Time,” March 12; “Hook,” March 19; and “The Secret Garden,” March 26.


Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope."

Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope."

North Park Theatre
1428 Hertel Ave.

In recognition of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the theater will show the 1965 Orson Welles film “Chimes at Midnight” the week of March 25. In the fall, the North Park will have its third annual Classic Movie Night in association with Nichols School.

Among the films scheduled: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope,” the original 1933 “King Kong” and “The African Queen.” The theater continues to show contemporary classics with Studio Ghibli’s “Porco Rosso,” April 2-3; “Labyrinth,” April 16-17; and “Shall We Dansu?” April 30 to May 1 (in association with the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival).


"Adam's Rib"

"Adam's Rib"

Old Chestnut Film Society
Community Room, Phillip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood Ave.

Grant Golden founded this film group in 1983 as an outgrowth for his love of classic movies. The current series, showcasing the films of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, continues with “Adam’s Rib” on March 11; “The Last Hurrah,” April 8; and “The Rainmaker,” May 13. Bring your own munchies and be prepared for some chatting, door prizes and surprise shorts. Individual tickets are $6.



"All About Eve"

"All About Eve"

Screening Room Cinema Café
3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst

This cinema showcases traditional classics and contemporary classics as well as first-run features and special events. Coming soon are a 30th anniversary screening of “Labyrinth” on March 18, 19, 22, 25 and 26; the 1958 horror film “The Fly” on April 1, 2, 3 and 5; Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M For Murder,” April 8, 9, 12, 15, 16. Coming soon are “The African Queen,” “12 Angry Men” and “All About Eve.”


"The Ten Commandments"

"The Ten Commandments"

TCM Big Screen Classics

This monthly series continues through the end of year. Locally, the films are shown at the Regal Elmwood and Transit cinemas at 2 and 7 p.m. on specific Sundays and Wednesdays.

Here’s the schedule: “The Ten Commandments” (1956), March 20 and 23; “On the Waterfront” (1954), April 24 and 27; “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986), May 15 and 18; “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” (1971), June 26 and 29; “Planet of the Apes” (1968), July 24 and 27; “The King & I 60th Anniversary” (1951), Aug. 28 and 31; “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964), Sept. 18 and 21; “The Shining” (1980), Oct. 23 and 26; “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), Nov. 27 and 30; and “From Here to Eternity” (1953), Dec. 11 and 14.

The TCM series is part of a wide range of programming offered in theaters through Fathom Entertainment. To order tickets, or see other films and special events from Fathom held at area theaters, go to

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