MacLaine returns

Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘The Last Word’

Submitted Photo: “The Last Word” stars Amanda Seyfried, Shirley MacLaine and AnnJewel Lee Dixon.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the comedy “The Last Word,” starring Shirley MacLaine. It will be screened on Saturday, April 29, and Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.

In “The Last Word,” MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishment, she’s suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life’s story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Harriet’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet’s legacy, but also Anne’s future

Tim Grierson, in Screen International, calls the film “very sweet and funny … with heartfelt messages about seizing the day.” David Rooney, in the Hollywood Reporter, says “this is MacLaine’s show and she devours every minute of it. It’s a pleasure to see her back in the spotlight.” Shirley Sealy, in Film Journal International, says “at age 82, MacLaine can still chew up the scenery to create yet another gloriously memorable screen character.” Philip Martin, in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, says simply “MacLaine is brilliant!” Rated R for language, “The Last Word” runs one hour, 48 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891.

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 is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit