Opera House Cinema Series To Screen ‘Bears’

FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series will screen the Disneynature film “Bears” on Saturday and Tuesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m.

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold.

The world outside is exciting – but risky – as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches.

As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food, while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses – Alaska.

Claudia Puig, in USA Today, calls the film “an enjoyable and visually stunning romp through the scenic Alaskan wilderness.” Sandy Angulo Chen, in the Washington Post, calls it “a story of triumph and family.” Michael Rechtschaffen, in the Hollywood Reporter, calls is “an engaging, vividly shot entry in the successful Disney wildlife series.” Adam Markovitz, in Entertainment Weekly, says “if the sight of bear cubs prancing through wildflowers doesn’t make you smile, then you probably won’t like the new Disneynature documentary Bears. You also probably aren’t human. There’s an elemental appeal to watching these animals hunt and play in the Alaskan wilderness, and the Disneynature team has mastered the art of capturing it.” Rated G, “Bears” runs 77 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 www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with the Jon Favreau film “Chef,” on July 12 and July 15; and the biographical sports drama “Million Dollar Arm,” on July 19 and July 22.

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.