Opera House to screen ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series will present the Wes Anderson comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel” on Saturday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” recounts the adventures of Gustav H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel situated in the Alps during the 1930s, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The hotel becomes the center of a farcical whirlwind of suspicion when one of the institution’s oldest and richest patrons turns up dead, leaving to Gustav her most priceless work of art – a Renaissance painting of a boy with an apple. When Gustav is suspected of her murder, it is up to Zero to clear Gustav’s name and prove who the grand lady’s real killer is.

Tom Long, in the Detroit News, calls the film “goofy, eccentric and often downright silly pretty much an old-fashioned screwball comedy garishly dressed.” Lisa Kennedy, in the Denver Post, calls it “elegantly zany and wholly imaginative.” Steven Rea, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, calls it “by far the most headlong comedic affair in Anderson’s canon. It’s practically Marx Brothers-ian at moments.” James Berardinelli, in ReelViews, calls it “an engaging 90+ minutes of unconventional, comedy-tinged adventure that references numerous classic movies while developing a style and narrative approach all its own.” Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” runs 100 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 and Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of ten 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 679-1891.

The series continues with the football drama “Draft Day” starring Kevin Costner, on May 31 and June 3; and the inspirational true story “Heaven is for Real” on June 21 and 24.

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 www.fredopera.org.