Exercise and a movie

Opera House to screen ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Submitted Photo Opera House Cinema Series continues this Saturday with a showing of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the Oscar-nominated “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. It will be screened this Saturday, and Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, and winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Drama, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast (the equivalent of Best Picture).

After months have passed without a suspect in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon (Rockwell), an immature mama’s boy with a penchant for violence, takes umbrage and gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Joe Morgenstern, in the Wall Street Journal, says the film is “by turns — and sometimes simultaneously — darkly comic, blazingly profane, flat-out hilarious and shockingly violent, not to mention flippant, tender, poetic and profound.” Brian Truitt, in USA Today, calls “an expertly structured, brutal, yet surprisingly rousing narrative around a woman who’s ready to torch her entire life if it means catching a killer.” Christopher Orr, in The Atlantic, calls it “a revelation, and among the very best films of 2017.” Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun Times, calls it “the best movie I’ve seen this year!” Rated R for graphic violence, strong language throughout, and some sexual references, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” runs one hour, 55 minutes.

In connection with the Saturday, Feb. 10, 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 class 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. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, the first 20 SUNY Fredonia students at each screening are admitted free. 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 www.fredopera.org.

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