Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Year by the Sea’

Submitted Photo “Year by the Sea” will be shown on Oct. 7 and 10. On Oct. 7, there will also be a relaxing “cinema stretch” yoga class at 5:45 p.m.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Year by the Sea,” about a woman’s quest to rediscover herself. It stars Karen Allen and Celia Imrie, and will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

The film is based on the best-selling memoirs of Joan Anderson. After 30 years as a wife and mother, empty nester Joan (Allen) retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her relocated husband to Kansas. Intent to rediscover herself but plagued with guilt, she questions her decision until stumbling upon a spirited mentor. Supported by her literary agent and a host of locals, including a sexy fisherman, our heroine learns to embrace the ebb and flow of life – ultimately discovering the balance between self and sacrifice, obligation and desire.

Avi Offer, in Movie Guru, calls the film “a life-affirming, breathtaking, and inspirational film that will nourish your heart, mind and soul. Karen Allen gives the best performance of her career! What a triumph!.” Glenn Kenny, in the New York Times, calls it “refreshing in its depiction of diverse, older female characters.” Jose Solis Mayen, in Film Stage, says “Joan’s peculiar kind of charm is mostly owed to Allen, who gives what might be the most complex, layered performance of her career.” Alan Scherstuhl, in the Village Voice, says “as it charts its familiar course, the film has soothing, even therapeutic value.” Unrated, “Year by the Sea” runs one hours, 54 minutes.

In connection with the Saturday, Oct. 7, screening, Lynda Sandoval, of Yoga Underground, will hold a relaxing “cinema stretch” yoga class at 5:45 p.m. on the Opera House stage. Participants in the $10 hour-long class receive a voucher for discounted $5 admission to the movie that night! And, a portion of the $10 fee benefits the Opera House. “So, if you like to sit around in yoga clothes and watch movies on Saturday nights – and who doesn’t?” says Sandoval. “Here’s your chance to do just that, AND help raise money for one of the jewels of the village.”

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 www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891.

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 www.fredopera.org.