In the early years of railroads, the station agent was an integral part of a community. He hand-delivered the mail brought in by train, sold groceries at the depot and even cut the locals' hair.
Railroad lore like this is scattered throughout “The Station Agent,” whose hero is a 4-foot-5-inch dwarf named Fin McBride, a repository of arcane information about the rails.
Fin (Peter Dinklage) moves into an old depot willed to him by a fellow train nut. But Fin is the opposite of a 19th century station agent. He's a loner who wants no contact with his neighbors. He takes solitary walks, waiting for trains to whiz by so he can clock them with his pocket watch. Decades of being the brunt of cruel jokes about his height have taught him to insulate himself from more hurt.
The Smith Opera House screens “The Station Agent” at 7 p.m. on March 18, 19 and 20 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. With a running time of 88 minutes, this film is rated R for language and some drug content. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All seats on Thursday are $3. Call 315-781-5483 or toll-free 866-355-5483 for details or to pre-order tickets.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.