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Horror films are Halloween treats

One of the best parts of October is the bounty of seasonal movies. In the days leading up to Halloween, we can watch everything from a silent horror classic ("The Phantom of the Opera") to a boy wizard ("Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone") to the annual festivities surrounding "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Here's a look.

The Lockport Palace Theatre (2 East Ave., Lockport) finishes its Halloweek movies with "Friday the 13th" at 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 26 and "Beetlejuice" at 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 27. Individual tickets are $5. You can also check out the new big-screen version of Stephen King's "It" at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29 and 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 30; tix are $7.

At 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Ave.) will be pulling out all the stops with the 1925 silent horror film, "The Phantom of the Opera." And to complete the picture, Garrett Martin, the church's distinguished organist and choir master, will accompany the film on the Westminster's historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ with an improvised musical score. Guests are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to this family friendly event. Admission is free, with donations welcome. Call 868-6182.

The Screening Room Cinema Cafe (Boulevard Mall) wraps up its horror fest with a slew of nifty double features. On Oct. 27, it's the hilarious Mel Brooks film "Young Frankenstein" (7:30 p.m.) followed by Peter Cushing in "The Beast Must Die!" (9:30 p.m.). On Oct. 29, see Vincent Price in "House on Haunted Hill" (6 p.m.) and stay for the cult favorite “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (7:30 p.m.). On Oct. 30 and 31, "Young Frankenstein" (7:30 p.m.) is paired with "Night of the Living Dead" (9:30 p.m.). You can watch one movie for $6 or stay for both for only $8. "Young Frankenstein" also screens on its own at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Visit

For the Harry Potter fans in the family, the Aurora Theatre (673 Main St., East Aurora) is hosting a "Halloween Fun" event with the original film,  "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" showing at noon Oct. 28. Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character (the best costume wins a family pack to the Aurora) and enjoy a Butterbeer, the favored drink in the movie series. Rescue owls from Hawk Creek Wildlife Center will be on hand as well. Tickets are $5. Later that day, the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" screens at 11 p.m. Best costume will receive a “Couples Package” to the Aurora; tickets are $12.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show," starring Tim Curry, left, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon, returns for multiple Halloween season screenings.

There are at least two other screenings of "Rocky Horror." It will be shown at 11 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Hamburg Palace Theatre (31 Buffalo St., Hamburg).

The Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda) once again hosts a big "Rocky Horror" party. It starts at 10 p.m. Oct. 27 with entertainment by The Eye Candy Vixens and Ladies of Illusion, followed by a costume contest. The movie begins at midnight with the cast of The Francis Bacon Experiment performing in front of the film. Tickets are $20 general admission; $35 with special pre-seating. Visit

The Regal Horror Fest closes with Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shining" at 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 at the Regal Walden Galleria. Tickets are $5.


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