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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
7:30pm
Echo in the CanyonEcho in the CanyonPlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

1918.  As the roar of the First World War cannons is dying out, in Vienna, the heart of Central Europe, a golden age comes to an end.

It is the time of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890s for art, literature and music, in which new ideas were circulated, Freud discovered the drives of the psyche and women began to claim their independence.  It was a movement that marked a new era outside the confines of academic tradition.

At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend Egon Schiele.

Taking place across five stunning exhibitions with never-before-experienced access, Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche recounts this extraordinary moment in art history. 

This cinematic production provides an in-depth examination of images of extraordinary visual power: from the eroticism of Klimt's mosaic-like works, to the anguished and raw work of the young Schiele in his magnetic nudes and contorted figures against the backdrop of nocturnal Vienna, full of masked balls and dreams imbued with sexuality. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 20 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Fredonia Place 


Saturday, July 20, 2019
7:30pm
A Dog's JourneyA Dog's Journey

In this sequel to A DOG’S PURPOSE, Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid). He even has a new playmate: Ethan’s baby granddaughter, CJ, until CJ’s mom decides to take her away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost. Thus begins an adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship, devotion, joy, heartbreak, and few really good belly rubs.

“An emotional and heartfelt sequel with real purpose makes this a journey well worth taking.” - Deadline Hollywood. “Will have dog lovers wagging their tails.” - Daily Mirror.

“It’s a big, wet, sloppy lick of a film that’s going to jerk your tears, and then some.” - Screen International.

Rated PG for thematic content, some peril and rude humor, 109 mins.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019
7:30pm
A Dog's JourneyA Dog's JourneyPlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
Friday, July 26, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street, comes to cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical.  Set in 1933, the musical tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives in New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her talent catches the attention of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh.  She gets a spot in the chorus of the musical-within-the-musical, Pretty Lady.

Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl.  When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found - a new girl like Peggy Sawyer!

Captured live on film in 2018 at London's Theatre Royal, the production is directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble.  The glittering extravaganza is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards ("Lullaby of Broadway," " We're in the Money," "Dames," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "42nd Street" and more), and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.

The show opened on Broadway in 1980, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Choreography; in London's West End in 1984, it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.  The 2001 Broadway revival then won the Tony for Best Revival.

A night at the theatre doesn't get larger-scale than 42nd Street, so come and meet those dancing feet, tapping away at the Theatre Royal in this incredible cinematic production. 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, July 27, 2019
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street, comes to cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical.  Set in 1933, the musical tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives in New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her talent catches the attention of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh.  She gets a spot in the chorus of the musical-within-the-musical, Pretty Lady.

Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl.  When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found - a new girl like Peggy Sawyer!

Captured live on film in 2018 at London's Theatre Royal, the production is directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble.  The glittering extravaganza is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards ("Lullaby of Broadway," " We're in the Money," "Dames," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "42nd Street" and more), and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.

The show opened on Broadway in 1980, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Choreography; in London's West End in 1984, it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.  The 2001 Broadway revival then won the Tony for Best Revival.

A night at the theatre doesn't get larger-scale than 42nd Street, so come and meet those dancing feet, tapping away at the Theatre Royal in this incredible cinematic production. 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


7:30pm
RocketmanRocketman

ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story -- set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton - tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.

“Charting the jet-propelled rise of Elton John in the early 1970s, it is an absolute gas.” - Boston Globe.

“What makes ROCKETMAN a gift of entertainment that keeps on giving is the brilliance of the musical numbers coupled with the complexity of the star’s portrayal.” - WSJ.

“An unforgettable, emotional experience that raises the bar for biopics.” - IGN.

Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content, 121 mins.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019
7:30pm
RocketmanRocketmanPlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
Friday, August 9, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award-winning production of The Audience.  Captured live from London's West End in 2013, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live's 10th anniversary.

For more than 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting.  This meeting is known as "the audience."  No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, and finally then-PM David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal.  Through these private audiences, as imagined in this production, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shape a monarch.

The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry.

 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Friday, September 6, 2019
7:30pm

General Admission $10, $5 Students/ Children

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show is a fun, interactive show that is written for adults but is very family friendly.  It mixes amazing and unusual tricks with weird and interesting facts, and adds a dash of humor and comedy.  It all adds up to a quick-paced show that will entertain and amaze all ages.

These feathered professionals have more going for them than just their good looks!  No boring lectures here; these birds will astound you with their unusual talents, such as painting, mind-reading, performing card tricks, solving math problems and so much more. 

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show has been seen on America's Got Talent, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Animal Planet's Petstar.  These talented funny birds are sure to WOW all ages! 

 

Spotlight Series Sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family


Saturday, September 7, 2019
1:00pm

General Admission $10, $5 Students/Children

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show is a fun, interactive show that is written for adults but is very family friendly.  It mixes amazing and unusual tricks with weird and interesting facts, and adds a dash of humor and comedy.  It all adds up to a quick-paced show that will entertain and amaze all ages.

These feathered professionals have more going for them than just their good looks!  No boring lectures here; these birds will astound you with their unusual talents, such as painting, mind-reading, performing card tricks, solving math problems and so much more. 

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show has been seen on America's Got Talent, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Animal Planet's Petstar.  These talented funny birds are sure to WOW all ages! 

 

Spotlight Series Sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family


Friday, September 13, 2019
7:30pm

General Admission $10 (Adults), $7 (Seniors/Students)
A Dunkirk-Fredonia Film Premiere

Filmmaker Gregory Lamberson presents the Dunkirk-Fredonia area premiere of his latest feature-length film, Widow's Point!

Widow's Point is the story of a down-on-his-luck author (Craig Sheffer) who spends a weekend locked in a haunted lighthouse as a publicity stunt for a book he is writing about the murders, suicides and disappearances which have occurred at the mysterious location.  As he uncovers the lighthouse's terrifying secrets, sinister forces drive him to the brink of madness.  Roughly one-third of the movie was filmed at the Dunkirk Lighthouse in 2018. 

The supernatural thriller stars Sheffer (Nightbreed, One Tree Hill) and is based on the critically acclaimed book by New York Times bestselling author Richard Chizmar and his son, Billy.  It was adapted for the screen and directed by Lamberson. 

At the Opera House, Lamberson will introduce the film and lead a panel talk-back following its screening.  Panelists will include Lamberson, film co-star Kaelin Lamberson, score composer Armand Petri and the Dunkirk Lighthouse's Dave Briska.

Lamberson was born in Gowanda, but raised in Fredonia.  He has directed or produced more than a dozen films, and written a dozen books including Johnny Gruesome, which was made into a film and released this past October.  Widow's Point will be out in limited release in late August and will be screened at a Film Festival in Virginia at the same time.

The Opera House screening will serve as a benefit for both the Dunkirk Lighthouse and the Opera House.

Tickets will be available at the door only.  


Saturday, September 14, 2019
2:00pm

General Admission $10 (Adults), $5 (Students/Children)
In partnership with the Lakeshore Humane Society 

Each year, CatVideoFest curates a compilation reel of the latest, best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos and, of course, the internet.  Screenings take place all over the world in a host of venues and raise money for cats in need, often through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations and shelters.

The 2019 edition of CatVideoFest will be shown at the Opera House; proceeds from the screening will benefit the Opera House and the Lakeshore Humane Society (LHS).  A 50/50 style raffle also will benefit both organizations!

In addition to screening the film, the Opera House will serve as a collection point for items always needed by the LHS:  clean soft blankets, bleach, cat beds, cat toys, cat scratching posts and boards, Kitten Chow (dry),  Purina Cat Complete food (blue bag), copy paper, card stock, disposable gloves, dryer sheets, garbage bags (kitchen and large trash), hand sanitizer, paper towels, toilet paper, postage stamps, Tidy Cat scoopable Litter, and old clean terrycloth towels.

What better way to spend an afternoon than experiencing the communal joy that comes from watching awe-dorable cat videos?! 


 

 


Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Tintoretto - A Rebel in Venice fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance.

With the enchanting narrative voice of two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives in the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, the Church of San Rocco and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto's birth.

This cinematic production explores the life and work of Tintoretto from the early years of his artistic career until his death in 1594 in the city that inspired and challenged him. This visually spectacular new film explores Tintoretto as the true mirror of Venice

The production runs approximately one hour, 30 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Fredonia Place 


Sunday, September 22, 2019
3:00pm

FREE Admission (ticket required)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Fredonia folk music favorites Carmen & Dick Gilman invite their musician friends from throughout the state to join them on the Opera House stage for an afternoon of great music, dance and a humorous story or two!

There also are raffles, drawings for door prizes and loads of fun.

The official kickoff to the Folk in Fredonia Music Series, this event is great fun for the whole family!

Sponsored by The Gilman Family

Although admission to this event is FREE, tickets are required and may be reserved by calling the Box Office at 716-679-1891.


Thursday, October 3, 2019
7:30pm

Part of Freedonia Marxonia

FREE General Admission

The State University of New York at Fredonia's annual Freedonia Marxonia festival presents the 1930 comedy Animal Crackers.

The film stars the Four Marx Brothers - Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo.  Groucho plays Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding, the African explorer.  He returns to great fanfare, a painting is stolen, and Marx mayhem ensues.  The movie includes "Hurray for Captain Spaulding," and "Hello, I Must Be Going" - two of the songs most associated with Groucho Marx.

Animal Crackers is the Marx Brothers' second feature film, and is based on their 1928 Broadway musical of the same name.  The script was written by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.  Music and lyrics were written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby (who also composed "Hail Freedonia" for the Marx Brother's 1933 Duck Soup).

Come see this classic comedy in the same venue as did local audiences 89 years ago!  In October 1930, Animal Crackers was screened during its original release at the Wintergarden Theatre, which is now the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.

This screening will present the remastered version of Animal Crackers.  Unrated, the film runs 99 minutes.

The evening will include prizes, too!

The Freedonia Marxonia festival, created by a student at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1987, celebrates the Marx Brothers and their movie Duck Soup, set in the fictional country of "Freedonia."

Freedonia Marxonia is supported through the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation. 

Admission is FREE; tickets available at the door. 


Friday, October 4, 2019
7:30pm
19XX photo of the Vaudevillian Marx BrothersPhoto of the Marx Brothers during their vaudeville career, ca. 1915
An illustrated lecture by Trav S.D.; presented as part of Freedonia Marxonia's 2019 theme "Vaudeville and the Marx Brothers"

FREE General Admission 

The Marx Brothers began their careers in vaudeville, the predominant form of popular entertainment during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Before the Brothers went on to become comedy starts of Broadway, movies, radio, and television, they spent nearly 20 years performing in vaudeville theaters around the country.

The story of vaudeville's influences on the Marx Brothers, the Marx Brothers' own experiences in vaudeville, and vaudeville history in western New York will be presented by writer and performer Trav S.D.

Trav S.D. is the author of No Applause - Just Thrown Money: The Book that Made Vaudeville Famous and Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube.  He was an organizer of Marxfest, the 2014 month-long celebration of the Marx Brothers held in New York City.  He was a producer of the recent revival of the Marx Brothers' 1924 musical I'll Say She Is, and directed its initial reading and 2014 staging at the New York Fringe Festival, before it went on to an Off-Broadway run in 2016. 

Trav S.D.Trav S.D.

Trav has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Theatre.  He created and maintains the blog Travalanche, a rich source of information about entertainers, including the Marx Brothers.  He wrote the liner notes for the upcoming Archeophone Records CD containing sketches of the pioneering vaudeville comedy team, Weber and Fields.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House was Fredonia's venue for vaudeville.  Come to see this presentation and learn about the history of vaudeville, the Marx Brothers, and how citizens of the area sought entertainment generations ago.

Trav S.D's appearance in Fredonia is supported through the Fredonia College Foundation's Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund and the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund.  The Hahn Family funds Freedonia Marxonia, the annual festival that celebrates the Marx Brothers and their 1933 movie Duck Soup,  set in "Freedonia."

Admission is FREE; tickets available at the door.

 


Saturday, October 12, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $175 (Live at the Met Subscription), $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

Franco Zeffirelli's spectacular production returns to cinemas, with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Met's Jeanette Lerman-Beubauer Music Director, conducting his first Puccini opera with the Met company.

Powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke takes on the icy title princess, alongside tenor Roberto Aronica as the unknown prince vying for her love. 

Giacomo Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody.  

The large Turandot orchestra calls for a wide variety of instruments, including alto saxophones, celesta, bass xylophone, harps, and an organ. There are several genuine Chinese themes that are integrated into the score in a suave and brilliantly original manner, including the big imperial anthem in Act II. The opera also contains moments of sheer melodic beauty in Puccini’s most lyrical vein, most notably in the tenor’s unforgettable song of triumph, “Nessun dorma,” which opens Act III. 

The opera runs three hours, two minutes with two intermissions.


Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Gauguin in Tahiti - Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin, who left France for Tahiti feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter.

Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, where Gauguin's finest masterpieces are now preserved. 

Gauguin in Tahiti - Paradise Lost takes us on the trail of a story that has become myth. Through Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, we experience the landscapes that inspired Gauguin, in the places where he built houses with bamboo and leaves, and discovered light and colors that changed his painting forever. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 30 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Fredonia Place 


Friday, October 25, 2019
7:30pm
Idol Kings' Michael Crow as Journey's Steve PerryIdol Kings' Michael Crow as Journey's Steve Perry

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

Experience three very special concerts in one night!

For more than a decade, the Idol Kings have been amazing audiences with their uncanny ability to imitate various artists including Journey, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp, three of the most influential artists from the 80s rock era.

Playing top venues from Indiana to New Jersey and Maine to Georgia, the Idol Kings consistently turn in incredible performances to crowds up to 10,000 strong!

The Idol Kings are a group of seasoned professionals who know how to deliver a show.  Hailing from some of the northeast's most successful cover bands, the Kings' credits include recording with Luther Van Dross, Curtis Stigers, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and more, and writing with, among others, The Oak Ridge Boys.

Presenting shows of three of the most popular 80s super groups - Journey, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty - a night with Idol Kings is always a nonstop party!

 

 

Spotlight Series Sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family


Saturday, October 26, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

Jules Massenet's tale of passion and excess, and their consequences stars rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role of the tragic beauty who longs for the finer things in life.

Tenor Michael Fabiano is her ardent admirer, Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing.  Maurizio Benini conducts Laurent Pelly's enchanting production.

A take on the quintessentially French tale of the beautiful young woman who is incapable of forsaking both love and luxury, Massenet’s Manon features one of the truly unforgettable, irresistible, and archetypal female characters in opera.  While the story is firmly set in class and gender issues of the past, the character of Manon herself is timeless, convincing, and familiar.  The opera has been a success ever since its premiere, championed by a diverse roster of singers who have cherished its dramatic opportunities, exalted style, and ravishing music.

The opera is set in and around Paris, with familiar landmarks such as the church of St. Sulpice forming important reference points in the story. The opera was originally set in the early 18th century, but the Met’s current production places the story in the late 19th century, the so-called “Belle Époque” and the time when the opera was written. 

The opera runs three hours, 52 minutes with two intermissions.


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