I have an inordinate amount of movie quotes bouncing around in my head at any given time. That could be part of the reason that Downtown Cinema is so important to me. The premise is simple: we show a movie for free on a huge outdoor screen, offer free popcorn and water, invite the whole town and see who shows up. This event has grown so much over the last 5 years that it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come. At any given showing, we have between 150 and 200 people. We have over 850 “likes” on our Facebook page. Who are these people? I honestly don’t know most of them, but that’s the beauty of this whole thing. All kinds of people from all walks of life come to our Downtown Cinema showings and they really enjoy themselves. It’s still bizarre to me to look out onto lawn of the Palace Park an hour before showtime and see 100 people.
The Downtown Cinema team feels honored to play a s mall part in helping revitalize Downtown Monroe. These events are a huge opportunity for us to show our hospitality and care for the people of our community. They always come smiling and they always have questions: Who puts this on? What’s this building used for? Is this really free? You mean I can have all the popcorn I want? The opportunities for conversations are endless.
I encourage each member of our church community to make an effort to come see it for yourself and help us reach out. We’re not handing out tracts or even having deep conversations but you’d be surprised just how far a warm smile and welcome can go. So this Saturday, come for the movie, come for popcorn, but also come for the people. It’s crazy how something as simple as a movie can open so many doors.
~ Adam McDonald
Downtown Cinema presents: The Lion King
Saturday, June 29th 7:30pm (movie starts at dark) Bring your own seating Visit http://www.facebook.com/thedowntowncinema for more info.