Opera House Cinema Series to Screen “1917”; Discount Offered to Active and Retired Military

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FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the Oscar-winning “1917.” It will be screened on Sat., Mar. 14, and Tues., Mar. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Active and retired members of the military will receive discounted admission.

Winner of three Academy Awards – for cinematography, sound mixing, and visual effects – and the Golden Globe winner for Best Picture, “1917” features Andrew Scott, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch and is directed by Sam Mendes.

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers – Blake’s own brother among them.

Peter Debruge, in Variety, calls the film “one of 2019’s most impressive cinematic achievements.” Adam Graham, in the Detroit News, calls it “a tense, unnerving ride that accomplishes its goal of translating the first-person experience of war better than any war movies that have come before it.” Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun-Times, calls it “Gripping, heart-stopping, blood- and mud-soaked, immersive and unforgettable…” Paul Byrnes, in the Sydney Morning Herald, says the film is “breathtaking, horrifying, appalling. It offers a compelling version of what a day in the war might have felt like for two soldiers.” Rated R for violence, some disturbing images, and language, “1917” runs one hour, 50 minutes.

Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (active & retired military/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 Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Additional support comes from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY’s Give for Greatness grant program.

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 Performing Arts Center 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.