I can still recall the night. It was as if my dear friend Sandee and I were part of a classic holiday movie scene. In the lovely village of East Aurora, we slowly ambled to the Aurora Theatre. –The soft snow fell on us and many fellow would-be viewers, as we all waited to be admitted into the theatre. Crowded sidewalks, pretty snow, charming store and restaurant facades, the only thing missing was the black and white grainy color that could have further encapsulated the scene. (I will leave out the part of the ambling that was related to me being almost done with the first trimester of my youngest child). We were there to see the theatre’s annual free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
This year, the Aurora Theatre is again offering numerous special movie events. From “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” several matinees are being offered for the next three weekends. This area is fortunate as several other theatres are also offering free movies and special events and listed in the Buffalo News’ GUSTO. From the newly renovated and refurbished “North Park” in North Buffalo, “Screening Room” in Amherst, and Shea’s in Downtown Buffalo to the Elmwood Regal and Lockport Palace, there is an entire array of free holiday movies to choose from. So take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and enjoy some great classic and new classic holiday films with your family, or as an individual retreat.
Editors Note: I got caught up in the bustle of this month and failed to post this wonderfully written post earlier when it was more helpful. Still it is possible to watch some of these great movies with your family in the comfort of your own living room. For something different today at 2pm is the last live performance of “It was a Wondeful Life” at the Forest Lawn Chapel in Buffalo. Seating is very limited but when I last looked there were a few seat left.