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Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Submitted Photo Tom Hanks stars as Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” playing Saturday and Tuesday in the Opera House Cinema series.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as TV icon Fred Rogers. It will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 18, and Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Two-time Academy Award-winner Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Junod, a jaded magazine writer (Emmy-winner Matthew Rhys), is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, during which he overcomes his skepticism, and learns about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor. Hanks is nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for his performance.

Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, calls the film “a damn-near irresistible movie that speaks from the heart.” David Sims, in The Atlantic, calls it “a sincere, measured, and clever homage to its subject, a work of storytelling that would have made Mister Rogers proud.” Justin Chang, in the Los Angeles Times, calls it “a beam of kindness at a moment that profoundly needs it.” Eric Kohn, in IndieWire, calls it “a sweet, unassuming movie with deeper sensibilities lurking beneath its surface, just like Rogers himself.” Rated PG for some strong thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language, “A beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” runs one hour, 48 minutes.

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. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Additional support comes from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY’s Give for Greatness grant program.

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 Performing Arts Center 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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