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Opera House Cinema Series to present ‘Queen Bees’

Submitted Photo Ellen Burstyn is pictured with other cast members in “Queen Bees.” The film will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.

The next film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center Cinema Series is the comedy “Queen Bees,” starring Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn.

It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Rick Davis, Opera House Executive Director, notes that “in accordance with state guidelines, all COVID restrictions have been lifted for the opera house, except that unvaccinated individuals are required to follow CDC guidance, which calls for masks to be worn at indoor events and social distance to be maintained.” He adds that “any individual can, of course, choose to wear a mask at his/her own discretion.”

While her house undergoes repairs, fiercely independent senior Helen (Burstyn) moves temporarily into a nearby retirement community. Once behind the doors of Pine Grove Senior Community, she encounters lusty widows, cutthroat bridge tournaments and a hotbed of bullying “mean girls” (Margret, Jane Curtin and Loretta Devine), the likes of which she hasn’t encountered since high school, all of which leaves her yearning for the solitude of home. But somewhere between flower arranging and water aerobics, Helen discovers that it’s never too late to make new friends and perhaps even find a new love.

Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, language and drug use, “Queen Bees” runs one hour, 41 minutes.

Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and Opera House members and $5 for 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 679-1891. The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning eyeglasses 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 Performing Arts Center is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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