The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen the feature length family comedy "Zookeeper" on Friday at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Lily Dale Assembly as part of Family Night at the Movies, admission to the film is free.
Family Night at the Movies often features films based on or that inspire books for children. The series was originally developed as a way for adults to share the excitement of reading and great family entertainment with the children in their lives.
In "Zookeeper," the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James). But finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job.
The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship, animal style.
The film also stars Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb, and features the voices of Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler and Sylvester Stallone. Rated PG for some suggestive humor and language, the film runs 102 minutes.
Free admission tickets are available only at the door on the night of the show. Seating is limited to 400; and patrons are reminded that there is no food or drink allowed in the Opera House and that all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact the Opera House at 716-679-1891 or visit www.fredopera.org.
Chautauqua County's only year-round performing arts center, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported, not-for-profit organization located in the Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.
"The Iron Lady," winner of two Academy Awards, is the next featured film at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. It will be screened on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep, "The Iron lady" is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Streep), the first and only female prime minister of the United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world.
In the film, an elderly Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death, while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to prime minister, intervene.
The film was nominated and won two Academy Awards, for Best Actress for Meryl Streep and for Best Makeup.
Bill Goodykoontz, in the Arizona Republic, calls the film "a stylized biography of one of the most powerful women in politics portrayed by the greatest actress of our time."
Mick LaSalle, in the San Francisco Chronicle, says "Streep's performance is so true and so uncannily accurate, so full and so complete in its understanding, that she is fascinating every second she is onscreen."
Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief nudity, "The Iron Lady" runs 105 minutes.
Tickets to the Opera House Cinema Series are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students & children) the night of each screening.
For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with the Best Picture Oscar winner, "The Artist," on March 31 and April 3; and the horror drama, "The Woman in Black," on April 14 and 17.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.