The 1891 Fredonia Opera House has announced that Lake Shore Savings Bank is the new sponsor of the theatre's popular Cinema Series this year.
"We are thrilled to welcome Lake Shore Savings Bank to the Opera House family of sponsors," Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis said. "Lake Shore Savings is one of the area's most respected businesses and is a past event sponsor for the Opera House. We're delighted that the company is serving as the new sponsor of our Cinema Series."
The Cinema Series is one of the most attended series of events at the Opera House.
Fredonia Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis (right) looks on as Lake Shore Savings Bank President/CEO Dan Reininga mans the Opera House’s 1937 35mm film projector. Lake Shore Savings is the 2012 sponsor of the Opera House Cinema Series, which features 30-32 feature films per year.
"We present 30 to 32 films per year," Davis said. "Our focus is on independent and foreign films and documentaries. But, especially during awards season, we also present some of the more popular blockbusters and commercial feature films."
The films are attended by more than 6,000 individuals annually.
"Lake Shore Savings Bank is pleased to support the 2012 Cinema Series offered by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House," Lake Shore Savings Bank President/CEO Daniel Reininga said.
Davis noted the Opera House has been presenting films since it reopened in 1994. For the first decade of operation, the series was operated as a partnership between the Opera House and Uniplex Cinemas.
"In 2007, through mutual agreement, the Opera House took over coordination of the series and has been managing it since."
The addition of an annual sponsor is a recent and important step in the series' development, as the cost of presenting 35mm films continues to rise.
Lake Shore Savings Bank is a community oriented financial institution originally chartered as a savings and loan association in New York in 1891. Dedicated to serving the financial needs of consumers and businesses within its market area,
Lake Shore Savings operates 10 full-service branch offices in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown, Lakewood, Westfield, Orchard Park, East Amherst, Kenmore, Depew and Hamburg.
Headquartered in Dunkirk, the company had total assets of $494 million and total deposits of $388 million as of March 31. For more information, visit www.lakeshoresavings.com.
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.