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Homeless screen ‘Narnia’


Farragut chiropractor Dr. Pete Sulack cared enough about the newly-released Disney film “Narnia” to invest $19,000 to bring it to Pinnacle Theater on Parkside Drive.

Four separate theaters were rented out Thursday, Dec. 8, so the owner of Exodus Chiropractic at 11151 Kingston Pike could get as many people as possible into the movie.

“We were given the privilege to have fifteen hundred people there,” Sulack said. About 900 tickets, along with popcorn and drinks, were given away.

Sulack, with the help of volunteers from several local churches, brought in about 100 homeless people on three buses.

“Some of the homeless have never been brought to a movie theater before,” he said.

About 600 tickets were sold, bringing in $6,000 to help offset the cost, but Sulack said he isn’t worried about the balance.

“The Lord takes care of all that,” he said. “All we’re asked to do is be good stewards.”

“I give Disney credit for putting out a movie like this,” Sulack said. “I believe everyone should see the movie, especially Christians. I believe Christians should get out to the theater and show Disney support for a movie of this nature.

“I believe this movie is probably the best movie I’ve ever seen as an allegory that depicts what Jesus Christ did for us at the cross,” Sulack added, “Many people have said, ‘I don’t know if you should support the movie because it’s a Disney,’” the chiropractor said.

Sulack said he didn’t agree with the Baptist boycott of Disney.

“I don’t believe we’re supposed to be separated from the world, “ he said.

Sulack, along with local pastors, “presented” the Gospel and offered Bibles at the end of the movie.

“In the four theaters we had two hundred and ten people make a decision for Christ,” he said.

Sulack said he thought everybody at the viewing recognized that “Narnia” was more than just a movie.

“I think everyone thought it was an awesome night,” Sulack said.

“Narnia” is the animated story of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” one book in the seven-book “Chronicles of Narnia” series by C. S. Lewis.

Lewis’ book is full of symbolism: young Edmond represents man’s sinful nature; the White Witch is Satan; Aslan the Lion symbolizes Jesus.

Lewis (1919-1961) also is known for “The Screwtape Letters,” “Mere Christianity,” “Out of the Silent Planet” and “Surprised by Joy,” which recounts how he passed from atheism to Christianity. The Irish author decided as a young man to resist Christianity. Years later he referred to himself as “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England” in his book “Surprised By Joy.”

About a year ago, Sulack hired a company to set up two big movie screens under a downtown bridge so he could show “The Passion of the Christ.”

About 500 homeless people showed up to watch the movie and eat Petros. Sulack also handed out filled backpacks. After the movie, two homeless people handed over their crack cocaine to a policeman who was present, Sulack said.

 

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