Opera House Cinema Series to Screen “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

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FREDONIA – October is Down Syndrome Awareness month, a month dedicated to celebrating people with Down Syndrome, their abilities and accomplishments. In recognition, the next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” It will be screened on Sat., Oct. 5, and Tues., Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” is the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck. A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler, a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.

Yolanda Machado, in TheWrap, calls the film “a beautiful story about human connection, heroes, and finding the joy of simply living your truth.” Matthew Lickona, in the San Diego Reader, calls it “quite possibly the feel-good movie of the year.” Stephen Rodrick, in the Toronto Globe and Mail, calls it a “a wonderful piece of art.” Joe Morgenstern, in the Wall Street Journal, says the film “traffics in the pleasure of watching intriguing people working through outlandish problems in unlikely ways. Go in expecting the best and you’ll come out smiling.” Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language throughout, some violence and smoking, “Peanut Butter Falcon” runs one hour, 33 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.