Opera House Cinema Series to Screen Bohemian Rhapsody

Submitted Photo “Bohemian Rhapsody” will be screened this Saturday, and Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as rock legend Freddie Mercury. It will be screened this Saturday, and Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a foot-stomping celebration of the rock band Queen, its music and its extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through its iconic songs and revolutionary sound, its near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and its triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.

Sheri Linden, in the Hollywood Reporter, calls the film “pure, electrifying fun.” Ann Hornaday, in the Washington Post, calls it “giddily entertaining … meaningful and thrilling.” Alonso Duralde, in TheWrap, calls it “entertaining and even exhilarating.” Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, says Malek gives a “tour de force performance as Freddie Mercury (that) will definitely rock you!”

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content and language, “Bohemian Rhapsody” runs two hours, 14 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.