The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen the animated family film "The Adventures of Tintin" on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Lily Dale Assembly as part of Family Night at the Movies, admission to the film is free.
Family Night at the Movies often features films based on or that inspire books for children. The series was originally developed as a way for adults to share the excitement of reading and great family entertainment with the children in their lives.
"The Adventures of Tintin" was a series of books created in 1929 by a Belgian artist who called himself Herge. Clever and ever-curious, Tintin is a reporter-turned-detective whose pursuit of villains, criminals, treasure and the occasional artifact takes him all over the world, along with a colorful cast of friends. Herge based his stories on real-world events and cultures that had caught the Belgian national attention from space exploration to Arab oil wars and brought them to life for his readers in inspiring and exciting ways.
A screen from ’The Adventures of Tintin.’
"Tintin is myself," said Herge. "He reflects the best and brightest in me; he is my successful double. I am not a hero. But like all 15-year-old boys, I dreamt of being one and I have never stopped dreaming. Tintin has accomplished many things on my behalf."
Academy Award-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson created the film version of the series, in which Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy embark on an action-packed journey around the world in a race to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune but also an ancient curse. Critics call the film "fun for the whole family!"
Free admission tickets are available only at the door on the night of the show. Seating is limited to 400; patrons are reminded that there is no food or drink allowed in the Opera House and that all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact the Opera House at 716-679-1891 or visit www.fredopera.org. The Family Night at the Movies Series continues with "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" on Oct. 11 and "Despicable Me 2" on Nov. 1.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.