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Churches Buy Out Multiplexes for ‘Son of God’ Opening

Church leaders have bought out multiplexes in 10 cities for preview screenings of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s “Son of God” on Feb. 27, the day before the 20th Century Fox film on the life of Jesus is released nationwide.

Mega-church pastor Rick Warren has booked eight different theaters throughout Orange County. “We’re excited Jesus is back on the bigscreen, and we’re going to fill the theaters. I want every other faith leader in America to do the same. Whether you can buy out a whole theater, or just one screen, now is the time to show up,” Warren said.

Crossroads Church in Cincinnati will be showing “Son of God” on 13 screens at the same time along with other churches that are distributing thousands of tickets for a “theater take-over.”

The feature film is derived from History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” which aired to an average of 15 million-plus viewers per episode in the U.S. “Our hope is that the story and message of Jesus Christ will reach tens of millions of people nationwide,” Burnett and Downey said.

“Son of God” will be released in English, Spanish and Korean.

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