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Free films to fill your summer

Ah, summer: The perfect time to be in the garden, on the water, on the beach, on the porch ... watching a movie?

Summer and movies, two things that might at first seem contradictory, are a natural pairing.

When the sun gets too hot, the weeds are all pulled, and the family needs more entertainment than conversation, the dim coolness of a theater or the magic of watching a film under the stars is the perfect solution.

And free? Well, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Free movies for adults will be screened starting Tuesday as part of the outdoor Summer Film Series on the UB North and South Campuses. Children will get their turn starting July 1 with the Summer Family Film Series at the Aurora Theatre in East Aurora, which this year will show six of the seven films on Saturdays, in addition to the traditional Wednesday showings.

Finally, although technically not free, the Wednesday and Thursday night Summer Film Series at Bacchus is offered to complement customers’ dining experiences.

Here are the full lineups:

The University at Buffalo undergraduate Student Association’s outdoor Summer Film Series, which is open to all, runs through Aug. 28, with screenings starting at 9 p.m. until July 31 and 8:45 p.m. after that.

Screenings on Tuesday and Friday nights will be held at the Special Events Field adjacent to the Student Union on the North Campus and on Wednesday nights on the Hayes Hall lawn on the South Campus. If it rains, screenings will move to the Student Union Theater on the North Campus and Allen Hall on the South Campus.

The full schedule:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: “Get Hard”

June 30: “Captain America: Winter Soldier”

July 1: “National Treasure”

July 3: “The Interview”

July 7, 8 and 10: “Furious 7”

July 14, 15 and 17: “The Water Diviner”

July 21 and 22: “Ex Machina”

July 24: “The Avengers”

July 28, 29 and 31: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Aug. 4, 5 and 7: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Aug. 11, 12 and 14: “Woman in Gold”

Aug. 18, 19 and 21: “Tomorrowland”

Aug. 25, 26 and 28: “San Andreas”

As part of Welcome Back Weekend, on Aug. 30, “Jurassic World” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. on the Special Events Field and “Aloha” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.

Family Film Series

Families have flocked to the Summer Family Film Series at the Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St., East Aurora, for years. Now the series, which is shown at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, has added showings at 11 a.m. Saturdays of all but the first movie.

This gives families “who were not able to come during the week or who are making a weekend visit to East Aurora the chance to share the movie experience,” the theater said in a statement.

The full schedule:

July 1: “Paddington”

July 8 and 11: “Mrs. Doubtfire”

July 15 and 18: “Annie”

July 22 and 25: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

July 29 and Aug. 1: “Cinderella”

Aug. 5 and 8: “Night at the Museum”

Aug. 12 and 15: “The Book of Life,” with a special surprise guest.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Cinderella” are rated PG-13. All other films are rated PG.

A movie with dinner

If you reserve a table on the back patio at Bacchus, 56 W. Chippewa St., on a Wednesday or Thursday through the end of September, you can enjoy a movie too. Movies will start at dusk, which is around 9 p.m. now but will become earlier as the days become shorter.

The series is already in progress; here is the remaining lineup:

Wednesday: “The Big Lebowski”

Thursday: “The Notebook”

July 1: “Jaws”

July 2: “Sex and the City”

July 8: “Zoolander”

July 9: “Dirty Dancing”

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”

Aug. 5: “Office Space”

Aug. 6: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Aug. 12: “Top Gun”

Aug. 13: “16 Candles”

Aug. 19: “Swingers”

Aug. 20: “He’s Just Not That Into You”

Aug. 26: “Sideways”

Aug. 27: “The Princess Bride”

Sept. 2: “Good Will Hunting”

Sept. 3: “Friends With Benefits”

Sept. 9: “Animal House”

Sept. 10: “Gone With the Wind”

Sept. 16: “Miller’s Crossing”

Sept. 17: “Chocolat”

Sept. 23: “Big Night”

Sept. 24: “Grease.”


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