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Opera House set to present ‘Elvis’

Austin Butler plays the role of Elvis Presley in “Elvis,” which plays Saturday and Tuesday at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.

The next film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is the lauded biopic “Elvis,” starring Tom Hanks and Austin Butler. It will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

“Elvis” explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.

Katie Walsh, in the Tribune News Service, calls the film “a resurrection of the King himself. Left the building? Not if Baz Luhrmann has anything to say about it.” Christy Lemire, on NPR’s FilmWeek, calls it “a wildly over-the-top and extremely entertaining biopic.” Peter Howell, in the Toronto Star, says “Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ is more than all right, mama. It blasts the screen with the Aussie director’s trademark glitter and bravado but also hits the right historical and musical notes for a biopic worthy of a legendary performer.” Peter Travers, on ABC News, says “the grit and grace of Austin Butler’s performance as The King is a thing of beauty. A star is born right here.” Rated PG-13 for strong language, smoking, substance abuse, and suggestive material, “Elvis” runs two hours, 39 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 716-679-1891. The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. In addition, Opera House programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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 with a mission to “present the performing arts for the benefit of our community and region … providing access to artistic diversity … and high quality programming at an affordable price.” It is located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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