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The Ultimate Guide

Do you remember what going to the movies was like 50 years ago? You don’t have to. Western New York is home to plenty of theaters that will take you back to an earlier era. Read more

North Park Theatre / 1428 Hertel Ave. / Buffalo

The theater, which had its premiere in 1920, has been brought back to life by owners Tom Eoannou and Michael Christiano. It is the last remaining movie house of nine in Buffalo built and once operated by Shea’s. In its newest incarnation, it shows a variety of independent and arthouse films.

Transit Drive-In / 6655 S. Transit Road / Lockport

The drive-in theater might be a vanishing breed, but the four-screen Transit doesn't seem to be going anywhere. The facility has been in the Cohen family since 1957 and is today owned and managed by Rick Cohen, who delights in presenting double-features all summer long - and then some.

Lockport Palace / 2 East Ave. / Lockport

Built in 1925, by Charles Dickenson, the theater is now owned and operated by a non-profit organization, Historic Palace Inc. It shows second-run films and hosts live events and film festivals, including the always-popular Stoogefest.

Hamburg Palace / 31 Buffalo St. / Hamburg

Smiling people have been walking out of the Palace, into the lobby, and onto Buffalo Street in the village since the silent film "His Secretary," accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra, opened in 1926. It is as much a part of life in Hamburg as lake-effect snow in January and long lines of traffic at the fairgrounds in August. Jay Ruof, who has owned it since 2008, plans to keep it that way.

Aurora Theatre / 673 Main St. / East Aurora

The Aurora Theatre opened to a sellout crowd in 1925 with a showing of "Madame Sans Gene" starring Gloria Swanson. Nearly 90 years later, the Aurora retains the charm that is synonymous with East Aurora. It seats more than 650 patrons and features live shows and movies.

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