Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Green Book’

Night at the movies

Submitted Photo “Green Book,” will be screened this Saturday and Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Green Book,” nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor awards for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. It will be screened this Saturday and Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy and the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for Best Supporting Actor for Ali, the film is the true story of Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, who is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South in the 1960s. On the journey, they must rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for traveling African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger — as well as unexpected humanity and humor — they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

Rex Reed, in the Observer, calls the film “witty and warm as cashmere … in which both stars soar with humor and heart.” Rafer Guzman, in Newsday, calls it “a heartfelt ode to the bond between two real-life men.” Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun Times, calls it “one of the best times I’ve had at the movies this year.” Ann Hornaday, in the Washington Post, says the film “fires on all cylinders, creating the kind of satisfying mainstream movie-going experience that many observers thought Hollywood had forgotten how to make.” Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material, “Green Book” runs two hours, 10 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.