Fredonia Opera House To Screen ‘Darkest Hour’

Gary Oldman in ‘Darkest Hour.’

FREDONIA — The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the Oscar-nominated “Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman.” It will be screened on Saturday, Feb. 17, and Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Oldman, “Darkest Hour” tells of the early days of World War II when, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice – negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost, or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.

Todd McCarthy, in the Hollywood Reporter, calls the film “a snappy and straightforward crowd-pleaser.” Ann Hornaday, in the Washington Post, calls it “a portrait of leadership at its most brilliant, thoughtful and morally courageous.” Adam Graham, in the Detroit News, calls it “a one man show for Oldman. And what a show it is!” Mick LaSalle, in the San Francisco Chronicle, calls it “a persuasive window into history, and so arresting in its portrait of one of the 20th century’s most important leaders that every minute of it is absorbing.” Rated PG-13 for some thematic material, “Darkest Hour” runs two hours, five 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 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