Ritz Theater to present first run movie this weekend

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The historic Ritz Theater at 306 W. Main in downtown Blytheville will once again experience life as a movie theater, complete with four scheduled screenings of a just released movie entitled "Saving Faith."

This movie premiered Jan. 28 and begins its run in local independent theaters across the country in February. The Ritz officials say they are honored to be one of the select theaters to share in this release.

"Saving Faith" is an independent, faith-based movie produced by Rosetti Productions. It will be presented at The Ritz on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and then again Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Additional screenings may be scheduled depending upon response. Groups may contact The Ritz at (870) 762-1744 for information on arranging a special screening for their church group or organization.

"Saving Faith" revolves around Faith Scott and her Uncle Donny. Faith is the executive director of the Ritz Theater in the small Tennessee town of Clinton. After years of struggle to keep the doors open it looks like it might be time to shut them for good. In one last ditch effort to keep the theater alive, Faith and Uncle Donny look to put together a big Christmas show, in June. Using his connections, that Faith knows nothing about, Donny arranges for special guests to headline the show.

"Saving Faith" stars Jenn Gotzon (Front/Nixon, God's Not Dead 2, God's Country), Henry Cho (McHale's Navy, Revenge of the Nerds 3), Jim Chandler (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Sinking Sand, Drop Dead Diva) and Donny Richmond (The Christmas Reunion). The movie also includes cameo appearances by Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Scott Hamilton, Victoria Jackson, Phil Vassar, Jay Demarcus, The Gatlin Brothers and Buddy Jewell, a native son of this area.

For additional information, including scheduling groups, please call (870) 762-1744, drop by The Ritz weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit the website www.artsmissco.org.