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Churches in need of space turn to local theaters.
‘Our incense is the smell of buttered popcorn’
By Colette M. Jenkins
Beacon Journal religion writer
Salvation is being offered at two local theaters on Sunday mornings before the first screenings begin.
”Our stained glass windows are on the movie screen and our incense is the smell of buttered popcorn,” said the Rev. Jonathan Herron, pastor of Catalyst Church. ”The church is not the building. It’s the people.”
Last Sunday, the people of Catalyst began meeting for 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Regal Cinemas, located at 5339 Darrow Road in Hudson. The move places the nondenominational Christian church in a group of about 300 congregations in the nation that currently use movie theaters for religious services.
The growing trend was considered a novelty 25 years ago, when Granger Community Church in Indiana began worshipping in a movie theater, according to Barry Brown, director of worship solutions with National CineMedia Inc. The corporation, which oversees non-movie rentals in AMC, Cinemark, Regal and other cinema chains, formed its worship solutions division two years ago to help the growing number of churches looking to rent space in movie theaters.
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