‘Mack & Rita’ showings set for Fredonia

Submitted Photo Diane Keaton, right, stars in “Mack & Rita” at the Fredonia Opera House.

The next film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is the comedy “Mack & Rita,” starring Diane Keaton. It will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

When 30-year-old self-proclaimed homebody Mack (Elizabeth Lail) reluctantly joins a Palm Springs bachelorette trip for her best friend Carla, her inner 70-year-old is released – literally. The frustrated writer magically transforms into her future self: “Aunt Rita” (Keaton). Freed from the constraints of other people’s expectations, Rita comes into her own, becoming an unlikely social media sensation and sparking a tentative romance with Mack’s adorable dog-sitter. A sparkling comedy with a magical twist, “Mack & Rita” celebrates being true to yourself at any age.

Serena Puang, in the Boston Globe calls the film “a quirky movie that reminds the audience to live life to the fullest, whatever age they are.” Fran Hoepfner, in TheWrap, calls it “full of charismatic performances and an earnest message about being yourself.” Thelma Jones, on AARP Movies for Grown-Ups, says “the premise can’t be knocked: whatever your age, find joy in the present.” Rated PG-13 for some drug use, sexual references and language, “Mack & Rita” runs one hour, 35 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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