Featured Events & Opera House News

Cinema Series: Lean on Pete

June 23, at 7:30pm
June 26, at 7:30pm

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson arrives in Portland, Ore., with his single father Ray, both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging quarter horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery and his seasoned jockey Bonnie help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence - until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. 


The Plot to Steal Abraham Lincoln

July 19, 7:00pm

Chautauqua County Historian Michelle Henry presents a program detailing local and national research on Patrick Tyrrell, a Dunkirk resident later hailed as a national hero for thwarting a plot to steal Abraham Lincoln's body in 1876. However, records held in the County Archive in Mayville suggest that Tyrrell's personal and professional life were marred by accusations of corruption and abuse. Was he a hero or a scoundrel, or perhaps a bit of both?





Bolshoi Ballet Live: Coppelia

June 23, at 1:00pm

Swanhilda notices that her fiancé Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppelia, who sits reading on her balcony each day.  But Coppelia, nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, is not what she seems; and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson.  The Bolshoi's unique version of Coppelia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancé with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. 


Cinema Series: The Beatles Yellow Submarine

July 14, at 7:30pm
July 17, at 7:30pm

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of its original release, The Beatles classic 1968 animated film, Yellow Submarine, gets a cinematic tour of North America, restored in 4k and rereleased in stereo surround sound!  An icon of psychedelic pop culture, Yellow Submarine is a colorful musical spectacle and an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages - filled with visual invention, optical illusions, word play and glorious, glorious music!