McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 27, 2014

Demand for tickets spurs additional 'Son of God' showings

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — Due to the demand for tickets, an afternoon and evening showing of the film “Son of God,” hosted by The King’s House church in McAlester, has been added to the schedule.

King’s House has already planned a special showing of the film at the Cinema 69 Theatre on Sunday morning, with the doors opening at 9 a.m. and the film  set to be shown at 10.

Virtually all of the screens in the theatre will be available for the Sunday morning showing, according to organizers of the event.

However, those booking the show are concerned that the theatre will fill up before everyone who wants to go can get a seat.

“Due to the overwhelming response, we have also booked the 2 p.m. show and the 4:55 p.m. show,” said Blake Jennings, an associate pastor at the church.

Although the showings are free, tickets are required.

Organizers said tickets were available for the Sunday morning showing, for as long as they last, from the church office at 124 V. Hubert Smith Dr.

The only way to get tickets for the 2 p.m. showing or the 4:55 showing is to show up for the 10 a.m. Sunday showing, according to Jennings.

“At the 10 a.m. showing, those who cannot get in will be given a ticket to the 2 p.m. showing” or the 4:55 p.m. showing, said Jennings.

“Son of God” is from the husband and wife production team of Mark Barnett and Roma Downey. It contains both new and previously filmed footage from the History Channel’s hit 2013 hit television miniseries, “The Bible.”

 Starring  Diogo Morgado as Jesus Christ and directed by Christopher Spencer, the film lasts approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America “for intense and bloody depiction of The Crucifixion, and for some sequences of violence.”

Jennings said the showing of “Son of God” is an outreach for King’s House and the screening will also include a video at the beginning and end of the film relating to the church.

In addition, all those who attend will be given a key for a chance to win a vacation to the Riviera Maya area of Mexico, Jennings said. Those who attend church at King’s House the following Sunday will be given a chance to see if their key opens a box to win the vacation, which Jennings said is available through a partnership with Joy of Travel.

Jennings said the outreach is aimed at those who don’t already attend church.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to reach the community in a unique way,” he said.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.