LANCASTER — The Lancaster Ministerial Association, in partnership with the Lancaster Grand Theatre, will present the movie “The Passion of the Christ” March 29 and 30 at the Lancaster Grand Theatre, 117 Lexington St. Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 29 and 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 30. Cost is $5.
“The Passion of the Christ” is a 2004 American drama directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the passion of Jesus as presented in the New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, focusing upon the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
The film begins in the Garden of Olives, where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper and where he must resist the temptations of Satan. After betrayal by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem. He is then confronted by leaders of the Pharisees with accusations of blasphemy, and his trial results in a condemnation to death.
The Ministerial Association and the Lancaster Grand Theatre are pleased “The Passion” will be the first performance at the new venue, which is scheduled to open officially in Summer 2013.
“The interior still has a few items to complete, but we think it’s time communities in our area get a sneak peek at what’s about to open. The theater is beautiful inside and attending the first cinema production will give them that opportunity,” says theater board president McKinley Dailey.
The Lancaster Grand will host other upcoming classic cinema productions, which will be announced in the near future. To reserve tickets, contact your local church, the Ministerial Association, First Southern National Bank, Whitaker Bank, Central Kentucky Federal Bank, Farmers National Bank, all of Lancaster, or call (859) 583-1716.
Seating is limited; early reservations are recommended.
The film is rated R; visitors must be 17 years or older, or be accompanied by an adult. It is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
Debra Hoskins, executive director of the theater, says, “The Lancaster Grand will soon become a cultural center in Central Kentucky presenting performances from pop, classical, Broadway and country. Patrons will love the beautifully-restored 1925 theater. It’s a part of Kentucky history that has been saved.”
To learn more, visit LancasterGrand.com; Facebook: Lancaster Grand; or follow on Twitter @dfhoskins.