Turns out the reason for the line was that the entrance was being blocked by a group of religious zealots.
Zealots (calling themselves christian) who were refusing to allow entrance to anyone in who had not been sufficiently counseled toward conversion and away from the satanistic portrayal of their lord and savior...
Of course the counsel came not in any sort of gospel, nor was there any room for choice. Counsel came in barrage of fisted spitting zealots spewing forth belittling ridicule whose only intent was to shame you out of the ticket line. I remember someone ahead of me asking if they had seen the film and when the answer was no he asked; how then would they know he shouldn't see it?
It was my being referenced a satanist who would burn in hell right along with the asker that finally made me react. Finally made me ask out loud just how they could dare call themselves christians while treating others this way? And then i quietly, and ashamedly, admitted that i too was a believer.
I paid for my ticket and i watched a movie that moved me enough i ceased hearing the hecklers, cried without shame, wished to change my own life for the better, and finally understood that faith really is the evidence of things hoped for...
I was, of course, ridiculed in full force by similar zealots on my way out. After which i'd wondered; would they be of the same opinion had they actually viewed what i just had?
A few years ago, on Easter Sunday, i entered an auditorium with my daughter and son-in-law to see the same movie, starring the same man, this time in a theatre production.
I was prepared, but there were no zealots. No picketers. No-one shouting. No spitting. No ridicule. No posters referencing satan or burning in hell.
Instead there were posters, pamphlets, and people hailing this same movie in theatre production as:
Timeless And For Our Time
Jesus Christ Superstar thirty-five years later....
Life moves in mysterious ways.
Can one hope that just maybe the Zealots are finally getting it?
wishing you a Happy Easter 2010 - whatever your choice may be...