While drive-ins have become increasingly rare over the past several decades, drive-in culture has survived. And many of the drive-ins that remain are flourishing.
Western New York is lucky to have one such example. Lockport’s Transit Drive-In is going strong, and, smartly, has embraced a winningly retro aesthetic. As The Buffalo News reported last week, its new sign is a lovingly crafted homage to the marquees of the 1950s.
And the Transit’s Retro Movie Tuesdays series is back with a lineup sure to send anyone over their mid-20s into spasms of nostalgic delight. Running every Tuesday from June 3 to Aug. 26, these double features are, to be sure, as entertaining as any new film scheduled for released this summer. Well, mostly; sorry, “Neverending Story.”
The series begins on June 3 with John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” at 9 p.m., and that’s all well and good. But the 11 p.m. feature, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” is the must. Phoebe Cates, friends. Phoebe Cates.
As the choice of “Fast Times” makes clear, these are not necessarily films for the whole family, although some PG and PG-13 favorites are in the mix, including “The Goonies,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jurassic Park” and “The Princess Bride.”
Week two (June 10) starts with “Dirty Dancing” at 9:15 p.m., followed by Ridley Scott’s “Thelma and Louise” at 11:15 p.m. (Can I request a Patrick Swayze doublebill next season? “Road House,” please.)
Retro Movie Tuesdays comes to an end on Aug. 26 with two nice choices, “Arthur” and “The Jerk.” And while it is hard to call any of the series selections ambitious, they certainly are smart. Any series that closes with “The Jerk” is alright with me.
Admission is $9 for ages 12 and older, $4 for children 5 to 11, and free for children under 4. For the full lineup, visit transitdrivein.com/retromovietuesday.htm.
The Transit Drive-In offers its standard lineup of summer blockbusters every night of the week, rain or shine. Embrace the retro.
– Christopher Schobert