Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Poms’

‘Old-age comedy’

Submitted Photo “POMS,” will be screened this Saturday and Tuesday June 25 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the uplifting comedy “POMS,” starring Diane Keaton.

It will be screened this Saturday and Tuesday June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Official “POMS” movie merchandise will be given away through random drawings at each screening.

Martha (Keaton) is an introverted woman who moves to a retirement community that has shuffleboard, golf, bowling and other activities. Hoping to be left alone, she meets Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), a fun-loving neighbor who insists that they become best pals. After being pulled out of her shell, Martha and her new friend decide to form a cheerleading squad with their fellow residents. As the two women hold auditions, they soon learn that it’s never too late to follow your dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you.

James Verniere, in the Boston Herald, calls the film “a surprisingly fun and heartfelt old-age comedy with a funny and sad dark streak. (The) cast led by Keaton and spark plug Weaver is wonderful.” Neil Pond, in Parade Magazine, says it has “an uplifting message about teamwork, friendship and not letting age be a barrier, of any kind.” Nell Minow, in the RogerEbert.com, says the film wonderfully conveys “both a sense of sisterhood, and the exquisite poignancy of the friendships that bloom as the end of life approaches.” Marisa Carpico, in The Pop Break, says “Keaton and the entire cast are having so much fun, only a stick in the mud could resist getting swept up in their joy.” Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references, “POMS” runs one hour, 31 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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