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“The Phantom of the Open House” with Oscar winners Mark Rylance (right) and Sally Hawkins.

The next film in the 1891 Cinema Series at the Performing Arts Center at Fredonia Opera House is the British comedy “The Phantom of Openness” with Oscar winners Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins. It is shown Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m

“The Phantom of Openness” is the heartwarming true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. This humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to qualify to qualify for the British Open Golf Championship in 1976 despite never having played a round of golf before. He hit the worst round in Open history and drew the wrath of the golfing elite, but in the process he became a folk hero and, more importantly, showed his family the importance of pursuing your dreams.

Leonard Maltin, at leonardmaltin.com, credits the film “A love letter to dreamers everywhere.” Kyle Smith calls it a “lustful and fun exploration of how an ordinary guy discovered renewal on life’s back nine.” Lisa Kennedy in the New York Times calls it “The kind of good-hearted film director Frank Capra would have loved to have ventured into.” Rated PG-13 for smoking and some expletives, “The Phantom of Openness” runs one hour, 46 minutes.

Tickets are only available at the box office for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors and opera house members) and $5 (students) on the night of each performance. A book with 10 cinema passes is available for $60 at the box office 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, the Opera House’s programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

The opera house is equipped with hearing aids 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: “Showcasing the performing arts for the benefit of our community and region…provide access to artistic diversity…and quality programming at an affordable price.” It is located in the Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.



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