12 Holiday Movies Showing at Classic Buffalo Theatres

There’s something comforting about stepping through the front doors of Buffalo’s classic movie theatres – the smell of popcorn at the snack counter, the twinkling of lights down the aisle, the dimming of the house lights, even the creak of the old-time seats. Combine that with the spirit of the holiday season and you’ve got the recipe for a nostalgic experience unlike any other. Several classic Buffalo theatres cherish this time of the year by firing up the projectors to show timeless holiday movies, new and old. Here is what’s playing at Buffalo’s theatres this season:

Aurora Theatre, 673 Main Street, East Aurora
This vintage movie house, located in the charming village of East Aurora, has just the right touch of modern flair. Check out their stacked holiday showings – all of which are completely free:

• Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): December 2, 11:00am

• Miracle on 34th Street: December 3, 11:00am

• Arthur Christmas: December 9, 11:00am

• A Christmas Story: December 16, 11:00am

• It’s A Wonderful Life: December 17, 11:00am

• The Polar Express: December 23, 11:00am

Hamburg Palace, 31 Buffalo Street, Hamburg
Take a break from your holiday shopping by catching a flick at this theater jewel of the Southtowns:

• It’s A Wonderful Life: December 15, 11:00am

• A Christmas Story: December 23, 11:00am

Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main Street, Buffalo
Don’t miss your free opportunity to catch a holiday movie in the grandest theater in Buffalo, which has been meticulously restored to its original

• Miracle on 34th Street: December 3, 2:00pm

Shea’s 710 Theatre, 710 Main Street, Buffalo
Spend a little time in Bedford Falls this holiday season by being a part of the studio audience at WBFR’s 1946 Christmas Eve radio broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life (based on the Frank Capra movie). Five actors and a foley artist perform all the voices, music, singing, and sound effects from the most beloved Christmas movie of all time.

• It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play: December 1-3, 7-10, 16-17 (Check website for times)


North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
The theatre that the Buffalo Evening Times called “Buffalo’s Finest Neighborhood Theatre” on its opening day in 1920, this North Buffalo jewel continues its tradition of seasonal screenings with two holiday classics in its lineup:

• A Christmas Story: December 2 & 3, 11:30am

• Christmas in Connecticut: December 9 & 10, 11:30am