Opera House Cinema Series to screen re-released Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’

Restored, remastered

Photo courtesty of Subafilms Ltd The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated film “Yellow Submarine” will be screened on Saturday, July 14, and Tuesday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the Beatles’ classic 1968 animated film “Yellow Submarine.” It will be screened on Saturday, July 14, and Tuesday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its original release, the film has been restored, remastered and re-released to give Beatles fans of all ages the opportunity to come together and share in this visually stunning movie and soundtrack.

“Yellow Submarine,” based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,”

“All You Need Is Love” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

For the re-release, the film’s songs and score were remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at UMG’s Abbey Road Studios. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

Matt Brunson, in Creative Loafing, calls the film “an outrageously inventive piece of eye-popping pop. It still qualifies as one of the greatest animated movies ever made.” TIME magazine, calls it “a breakthrough combination of feature film and art’s intimacy with the unconscious.” Lisa Alspector, in the Chicago Reader, calls it “a marvel of innocence and free association, blending several animation techniques in a loose narrative full of gentle bad puns and flowing visual segues.” Edna Gunderson, of AARP Movies for Grownups, calls it “definitely seaworthy again. All aboard!” Rated G, “Yellow Submarine” runs 90 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 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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