Opera House Cinema Series to Screen “Mike Wallace is Here”

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FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the documentary “Mike Wallace is Here.” It will be screened on Sat., Sept. 14, and Tues., Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

“Mike Wallace is Here” offers an unflinching look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in his more than 50 years on air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship that redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, the film explores what drove and plagued Wallace, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.

Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun Times, calls the film “an expertly crafted time capsule of an astonishing career.” Brian Lowry, on CNN.com, calls it “well worth watching, primarily for Wallace’s interviews with a who’s who of celebrities and world leaders – augmented by outtakes, raw material and previously unseen archival footage.” Todd McCarthy, in the Hollywood Reporter, calls it a “compulsively engrossing account of a career notable for its gutsy, confrontational attitude toward the power brokers in business and politics.” Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some violent images, language and smoking, “Mike Wallace is Here” runs one hour, 30 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.