Opera House Cinema Series to Screen “The Art of Racing in the Rain”

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FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” starring Milo Ventimiglia. It will be screened on Sat., Sept. 7, and Tues., Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life – his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe, and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.

Leah Greenblatt, in Entertainment Weekly, calls the film “earnest, floppy-eared family entertainment.” Oktay Kozak, in Paste Magazine, calls it “just the right kind of tearjerker with an injection of positivity that our understandably pessimistic society needs.” Fico Cangiano, in CineXpress, calls it “one of the best films I’ve ever seen to present the magical strong tie between dog and owner.” G. Allen Johnson, in The San Francisco Chronicle, adds “who can resist cute dog stories?” Rated PG for thematic material, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” runs one hour, 49 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at http://www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.fredopera.org.