Thrilling mystery

Opera House to show ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Submitted Photo “Murder on the Orient Express.” It will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Murder on the Orient Express.” It will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told.

From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of 13 strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.

Adam Graham, in the Detroit News, calls the film “a throwback ride worth taking.” Liz Braun, in the Toronto Star, calls it “an engaging bit of cinematic nostalgia.” Peter Debruge, in Variety, says “Kenneth Branagh’s take on Agatha Christie’s eccentric detective is one for the age.” Katie Walsh, in the Tribune News Service, says “the beginning is a rollicking ride that will leave audiences craving more Christie, and here’s hoping we do see Branagh return as Poirot — his rendition is too fun to be cut short.” Lindsey Bahr, in the Associated Press, says “it is refreshing to sit in a theater and watch a grand scale production that’s not set in space or predetermined by the pages in a comic book.” Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements, “Murder on the Orient Express” runs one hour, 54 minutes.

In connection with the Saturday, Jan. 13, 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 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