‘The Book Thief’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series will present “The Book Thief,” the Oscar-nominated film based on the novel of the same name, on Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Oscar-nominated for Best Original Score and based on the beloved bestselling book, “The Book Thief” tells the story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. While subjected to the horrors of the war, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others, including a Jewish refugee being sheltered under the stairs in her home by her adoptive parents.

Richard Corliss, in TIME magazine, calls the film “judicious and well acted, with some fine details of human strength and frailty.”

Mick LaSalle, in the San Francisco Chronicle, calls it “a moving and effective presentation of life under Nazism, as seen from an unusual angle.”

Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, says “if there can be such a thing as a sweet, reflective fable about death and the Holocaust, ‘The Book Thief’ is it.”

Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun Times, says “this is one of the best movies of the year, featuring one of the most perfect endings of any movie in recent memory.”

Rated PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material, “The Book Thief” runs 131 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

For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The series continues with “Saving Mr. Banks” on Feb. 1 & 4; and “American Hustle” on Feb. 8 & 11.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit