Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

O, Come let us adore Him!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Great Thoughts on FIREPROOF

You may find yourself this Christmas season without a lot of extra time on your hands. That’s why the FIREPROOF Blog is happy to offer this Christmas gift to you: an online FIREPROOF reading guide! That’s right: you can catch snippets of the latest blog posts and articles about the movie right here.

Let’s get started with the thoughts of Mike McManus, the president and co-chair of Marriage Savers. He writes: “The Love Dare offers husbands and wives a fresh way to understand and practice unconditional love. … The Love Dare is an ideal Christmas gift for any married couple or one considering marriage.”

You get the idea … we give you a glimpse; you click through to read the rest. Here we go:

It’s the perfect movie. Plenty of action for the guys, plenty of romance for the ladies, and signature Sherwood Pictures humor in the most unexpected parts. Whether you’re single, in a great marriage, or on the brink of divorce, there’s something in it for you.”

FIREPROOF is the best movie I have seen in a long time. There is emotion. The characters are well developed. There is suspense. There is redemption and love. … I pray that FIREPROOF would continue to change hearts and marriages.”

“Wow. It rocked. Totally amazing. I would encourage anybody who is married, or thinks they may ever be married to check it out.”

It really is a good movie. It has humor and action, and the message of the changing power of Jesus Christ, and eternal salvation. It was funny, with sad parts, as well as silly things.”

“We weren’t sure what to expect walking in, but leaving we both agreed it’s probably the best movie we have ever seen. I think everyone should take the time to see this movie. We enjoyed it so much that we came home and preordered it for when it comes out on DVD.”

Finally, for those of you with short attention spans, we leave you with one more review:
“This was a great movie—a copy of this should be in every marriage therapist’s office!”
Yep ... that is the review in its entirety!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmastime is Here

With Christmas just 10 days away (and counting), we wanted to share with you a picture of a giant, fireproof Christmas tree.Okay, so it actually is a quite small tree and we cannot vouch for the fireproof nature of this artificial shrub, but this Christmas tree definitely has a Facing the Giants and FIREPROOF theme to it! (There is even the necessary popcorn container included.)

However your tree is decorated this year, we hope you are having a wonderful Advent season!

(h/t Jayne)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

More New Theaters

Make that a lot more new theaters! In all, nearly 200 theaters will be showing FIREPROOF for the first time this weekend. That means it will be playing on about 500 theaters this coming week.

While we would normally list all of the new theaters, we decided that a mile-long posting might be a bit too much to read! Instead, let us encourage you to check out the theaters list on FireprooftheMovie.com and find one closest to you.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Quite the Fundraiser!

Our friends at Sherwood Christian Academy are hosting a unique fundraiser this week: they are auctioning off memorabilia from Sherwood Pictures on eBay. That is right: you can get your hands on items from not only FIREPROOF, but Facing the Giants and Flywheel as well!

Looking for a FIREPROOF script signed by many members of the cast and crew ... including Kirk Cameron? How about an autographed license plate holder from Jay Austin Motors? Or an autographed football helmet? Or maybe even a bottle of Wrath of God hot sauce!

In all, there are 33 items that are available for bidding until December 7. Who knows? You might just find the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one ... and you will be supporting the ministry of Sherwood Christian Academy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Theaters for Thanksgiving Weekend

This being a holiday weekend, theater chains do their bookings a little differently. Here is a list of theaters where the movie opens today (Wednesday), on Thanksgiving, and on Friday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Wednesday, November 26
Hanover, Penn. (Hanover Movies)
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Quaker Cinema)
Spencer, Iowa (Spencer Theatre)
Bismarck, N.D. (Grand 15)
Spartanburg, S.C. (Westgate Mall Cinema 8)
Springfield, Ore. (Movies 12—Gateway)
Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg Cinema 7)
Moses Lake, Wash. (Fairchild Cinemas)
Hollister, Cal. (Premiere Cinemas 10)

Thanksgiving Day
Niles, Ohio (USA Cinema)
Oakley, Kan. (Palace Theatre)

Friday, November 28
Alexander City, Ala. (Playhouse 3 Cinema)
Scottsboro, Ala. (Holiday Cinema)
Holbrook, Ariz. (Roxy Theater—Holbrook)
Winslow, Ariz. (Winslow Theatre)
Fayetteville, Ark. (Mall Twin)
Morrilton, Ark. (Northside Cinema Theatre)
Aurora, Colo. (Aurora Cinema Grill)
Springfield, Colo. (Capitol)
Atlanta, Ga. (Movies ATL 14)
Toccoa, Ga. (Toccoa Cinema 3)
Duquoin, Ill. (Grand Twin Cinemas)
Fairfield, Ill. (Showtime Fairfield)
Villa Grove, Ill. (Gemini Cinema 2)
Charles City, Iowa (Charles Theatre)
Forest City, Iowa (Forest)
Red Oak, Iowa (Grand Theatre)
Sumner, Iowa (Sunset Theatre)
Hill City, Kan. (Frontier Theatre)
Kingman, Kan. (Kingman Theatre)
Russell, Kan. (Dream Cinema)
Louisville, Ky. (Village Cinema 8)
Springhill, La. (Spring)
Park Rapids, Minn. (Park)
Perham, Minn. (Comet Theatre)
Redwood Falls, Minn. (Redwood Falls Twin Theatre)
Ava, Mo. (Ava Family Theatre)
Cabool, Mo. (Cinema 2)
Holts Summit, Mo. (Summit)
Warsaw, Mo. (Roxy Theater)
Troy, Mont. (Lincoln)
Graham, N.C. (Graham Cinema)
Hazen, N.D. (Cinema Twin)
Valley City, N.D. (Theatre I & II)
Ainsworth, Neb. (Royal Theatre)
Albion, Neb. (Gateway)
Arapahoe, Neb. (Crystal Theatre)
Burwell, Neb. (Rodeo)
Schuyler, Neb. (Colfax Theatre)
Elko, Nev. (Crystal 5)
Carlsbad, N.M. (Fiesta D/I 3)
Owego, N.Y. (Tioga 4)
Anadarko, Okla. (Redskin)
Duncan, Okla. (Palace)
Hermitage, Penn. (Cinema 8)
Johnstown, Penn. (Westwood Plaza Cinema)
Hot Springs, S.D. (Hot Springs)
Rapid City, S.D. (Elks)
Lexington, Tenn. (Princess)
Shelbyville, Tenn. (Capri Twin)
Tracy City, Tenn. (Alma Mater Theatre)
Winchester, Tenn. (Oldham Theater)
Dumas, Tex. (Evelyn)
Tyler, Tex. (Sky-Vue Drive-In Theatre)
Grundy, Va. (Grundy Community Center 3)
Centralia, Wash. (Olympic Club)
Spokane, Wash. (Garland Theatre)
Pinedale, Wyo. (Pinedale)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Much For Which To Be Thankful

We are truly thankful to each of you that have taken the time to tell friends about FIREPROOF. Whether by email, phone call, over a cup of coffee, or in your blog (see below for some of the kudos from just this past week!), you have let people know about this film. From what we read on the Stories page, there are a lot of marriages that are in a different place this Thanksgiving than they were last year!

How refreshing it was to watch a movie with morals—a movie that stood for something—a movie that spoke about goodness, forgiveness and love.”

“We loved it. Absolutely recommend it, especially for anyone who is married or thinks they might someday get married. And if your marriage is on the rocks, you need to see it today, not tomorrow.”

I highly recommend this (movie) for anyone. It was so, so, so good. {Yes it deserves three ‘so’s’}.”

“My wife and I saw FIREPROOF this last weekend and found it to be simply outstanding.”

This movie is highly recommended to EVERYONE, married couples, singles, young, old, etc.”

“Overall this is an AWESOME movie. I give it a 4 out of 4 stars.”

“Make the effort, go see the movie!”

“If you are married, go see this with your spouse.”

I recommend the movie to anyone.”

Truly one of the best films we have seen in some time! MUST SEE!

“Ben and I saw the most wonderful movie last night!”

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Go See This Movie ...

Kirk says so (take a look for yourself!). And do it this weekend at one of these theaters. And while you are at it, be sure to register for the FIREPROOF newsletter so tomorrow you can learn all about the DVD release!

That about covers things for now ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Still Playing In More Than 800 Theaters!

The good news is that FIREPROOF will still be on more than 800 theaters this weekend—the ninth-straight time since the movie opened on September 26. The reality is, this will likely be the final weekend with this many theaters. There are just too many blockbusters on the release schedule for the coming weeks to keep this amazing run going.

So ... if you are one of those people that have been meaning to see it, but haven’t yet, this is your time. Or, if you are one of the millions that have found this to be a movie that touches your heart and challenges you to love others the way God intends us to love them, then you may want to check it out one more time on the big screen.

And if you live near any of these theaters that will have FIREPROOF for the first time this weekend, then by all means, enjoy this story about a firefighter, his wife ... and a marriage worth rescuing!

Foley, Ala. (Riviera Cinema 12)
Greenville, Ala. (Naos Greenville 8)
Sahuarita, Ariz. (Desert Sky 6)
Show Low, Ariz. (Winchester Theater)
Bella Vista, Ark. (Sugar Creek 10)
Hardy, Ark. (Highland Twin Cinema)
Paris, Ark. (Main Street Cinema)
Wynne, Ark. (Wynne Twin)
Grass Valley, Cal. (Del Oro Theatre III)
Hollister, Cal. (Premiere Cinemas 10)
Los Banos, Cal. (Premiere 6 Los Banos)
Mt. Shasta, Cal. (Mt. Shasta Cinemas)
Santa Rosa, Cal. (Roxy on the Square)
Susanville, Cal. (Uptown)
Dillon, Colo. (Skyline Cinemas)
Durango, Colo. (Gaslight Twin)
Sterling, Colo. (Fox Four)
Trinidad, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Cinema)
Delray Beach, Fla. (Delray Square Theatres)
Fort Pierce, Fla. (Nova Cinemas at Sabal Palm 6)
Ocoee, Fla. (West Oaks 14)
Sebring, Fla. (Fairmount Cinema 6)
Spring Hill, Fla. (Spring Hill 8 Cinemas)
Commerce, Ga. (Nova Cinema 6)
Decatur, Ga. (Galaxy South Dekab Funplex 12)
Dededo, Guam (Micronesia Mall 10)
Emmett, Id. (Frontier)
Idaho Falls, Id. (Centre Theatre)
Meridian, Id. (Majestic Cinemas 18)
Rexburg, Id. (American Family Entertainment Center 6)
Salmon, Id. (River Cinema)
Benton, Ill. (Toler 2)
Charleston, Ill. (Will Rogers 2 Theatre)
East Alton, Ill. (Eastgate Cinema 6)
Elmwood, Ill. (Palace Cinema)
Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glen Ellyn Theatre)
Morris, Ill. (Orpheum Cinemas)
Kewanee, Ill. (Wanee Cinemas)
Princeton, Ill. (Apollo Cinemas)
Washington, Ill. (Sunnyland Cinemas)
Greensburg, Ind. (Wolf Theatre 6)
Huntington, Ind. (Huntington 7)
Madison, Ind. (Ohio Theatre—Madison)
Peru, Ind. (Eastwood Cinema 2)
Ames, Iowa (Varsity II)
Carson, Iowa (Dreamland)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Wynnsong 12)
Chariton, Iowa (Vision 2)
Clinton, Iowa (Clinton 8 Theatre)
Emmetsburg, Iowa (Emmetsburg)
Fort Dodge, Iowa (Fort 8)
Hampton, Iowa (Windsor)
Humboldt, Iowa (Humota Theatre)
Indianola, Iowa (Paramount Theatre)
Jefferson, Iowa (Sierra Theatre)
Le Mars, Iowa (Royal Twin Theatre)
Manchester, Iowa (Castle Theatre)
Marshalltown, Iowa (Plaza Theatre)
Oelwein, Iowa (Paramount Oelwein)
Ottumwa, Iowa (Ottumwa 8)
Pella, Iowa (Pella Cinemas)
Sioux City, Iowa (Southern Hills 12)
Traer, Iowa (Traer Theatre)
Urbandale, Iowa (Carmike Cobblestone 9)
Waterloo, Iowa (Crossroads 12)
Clay Center, Kan. (Rex Theater)
Danville, Ky. ( Stadium 8)
Georgetown, Ky. (Theatres of Georgetown 7)
Inez, Ky. (Mainstreet Cinema 4)
Madisonville, Ky. (Capitol 8)
Morehead, Ky. (Morehead Cinema 6)
Paintsville, Ky. (Movies Cinema 5)
Richmond, Ky. (Richmond Mall Cinema 8)
South Williamson, Ky. (Southside Mall 5)
Winchester, Ky. (Movies 9)
Lafayette, La. (Grand South 14)
Oxford, Maine (Flagship Cinema 7)
Baltimore, Md. (Eastpoint Movies 10)
Midland, Mich. (Studio M Theatre 3)
Bemidji, Minn. (Amigo 9)
East Bethel, Minn. (East Bethel 10 Theatres)
Red Wing, Minn. (Evergreen 8)
Rogers, Minn. (Rogers 18)
Clarksdale, Miss. (Delta Cinema)
Kosciusko, Miss. (Gateway 3)
Louisville, Miss. (Northgate Theatre)
Yazoo City, Miss. (Plaza Twin Cinema 2)
Aurora, Mo. (Princess Theater)
Higginsville, Mo. (Davis Theater)
Jefferson City, Mo. (Capital 4)
Park Hills, Mo. (Kerasotes Movies Flat River)
Durham, N.C. (Wynnsong 15)
Goldsboro, N.C. (Premiere Cinema 12)
Manteo, N.C. (Pioneer Cinema)
Morrisville, N.C. (Park Place 16)
Wilmington, N.C. (Carmike 16—Wilmington)
Belfield, N.D. (Belfield Theatre)
Langdon, N.D. (Roxy Theatres)
Watford City, N.D. (Six Shooters Showhall 2)
Alliance, Neb. (Geju Alliance 5)
Aurora, Neb. (12th Street Cinema)
Broken Bow, Neb. (Tiffany)
Crete, Neb. (Isis Theatre)
Holdrege, Neb. (Sun Theatre)
Imperial, Neb. (Imperial Theater)
North Platte, Neb. (Carmike 6)
Wauneta, Neb. (Chateau Theatre)
Conway, N.H. (Majestic)
Las Lunas, N.M. (Starlight 8 Theatres)
Taos, N.M. (Storyteller)
Elmira Heights, N.Y. (Heights Theatre 3)
Glens Falls, N.Y. (Aimies Dinner & Movies)
Olean, N.Y. (Carmike Eight)
Walton, N.Y. (Walton)
Circleville, Ohio (The Screening Club)
North Randall, Ohio (O Theatre at Randall Park 12)
Norwalk, Ohio (Premiere Cinemas 8)
Springfield, Ohio (Cinema 10)
Carnegie, Okla. (Liberty)
Kingfisher, Okla. (89er)
Weatherford, Okla. (Showest 3)
Yukon, Okla. (Yukon Movies 5)
Albany, Ore. (The Pix)
Enterprise, Ore. (OK Theater)
Lincoln City, Ore. (Lincoln City 6)
Cornelius, Ore. (Cornelius 9 Cinemas)
North Bend, Ore. (Pony Village 4)
Prineville, Ore. (Pine Theater)
Canton, Penn. (Rialto Theatre)
Johnstown, Penn. (Richland Mall Cinema 8)
Coaldale, Penn. (Angela Triplex)
New Castle, Penn. (Westgate Cinema 9)
Gaffney, S.C. (Starplex 8)
Union, S.C. (Union Square 6)
Aberdeen, S.D. (Capitol Theatre)
Armour, S.D. (Lorain Theatre)
Lemmon, S.D. (Palace)
Platte, S.D. (Lyric Theatre)
Sisseton, S.D. (Siston Theatre)
Spearfish, S.D. (Northern Hills 4)
Greeneville, Tenn. (Towne Crossing 8)
Jamestown, Tenn. (Castle Twin)
McMinnville, Tenn. (3 Star Cinema 5)
Memphis, Tenn. (Palace 10 Cinema)
Austin, Tex. (Tinseltown 17—Austin)
Palestine, Tex. (Dogwood 6)
Terrell, Tex. (Nova Cinema 5)
Waxahachie, Tex. (Movies @ Buffalo Creek 6)
Cedar City, Utah (Fiddler 6)
North Logan, Utah (Movies 5)
St. George, Utah (Washington Red Cliff 4)
Tooele, Utah (Ritz)
Farmville, Va. (Sunchase Cinema 8)
Norfolk, Va. (Main Gate 10)
Salem, Va. (Valley Eight—Roanoke)
Aberdeen, Wash. (Southshore Mall 4)
Chehalis, Wash. (Cinema 3)
Pullman, Wash. (Village Centre Cinemas)
Wenatchee, Wash. (Liberty)
Hudson, Wisc. (Hudson 12)
Ladysmith, Wisc. (Miner)
St. Croix Falls, Wisc. (St. Croix Cinema 8)
Bluefield, W. Va. (Cinema 8—Mercer Mall)
Sutton, W. Va. (Elk Theatre)
Gillette, Wyo. (Foothills Cinema Twin)
Rock Springs, Wyo. (Star Stadium 10)
Sheridan, Wyo. (Centennial Five)
Torrington, Wyo. (Wyoming Theatre)

FIREPROOF Factor

Sorry for the last-minute nature of this post, but we have confirmed that Kirk Cameron will be a guest on the O’Reilly Factor tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. EST on Fox News. They will be talking about a certain movie called FIREPROOF. (We’ve heard good things about it!)

Be sure to tune in and then post comments about the interview between Kirk and Bill.

DVD Release Date To Be Announced!

Major blockbusters, like the latest movies featuring an English spy or animated zoo animals, can earn scores of millions of dollars in one weekend. But FIREPROOF made a little box-office history of its own this weekend. Finishing No. 13 in its eighth weekend, FIREPROOF topped $30 million, becoming one of only six movies made with a budget of $500,000 or less to top that figure. Among the others: Benji and Napoleon Dynamite.

While the movie continues to open in new theaters and play in hundreds of holdovers, there comes a time when all movies have to leave the theater. While that time is still a few weeks away, the reality is that the most common question we’ve received in our Stories section and on the blog comments is: When is the movie coming to DVD?

We will have that answer later this week. And the best way to find out first is through the Provident Films eBlast … so be sure to sign up now. And then get ready to tell everyone about FIREPROOF coming to DVD.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Opening Today!

Week 8 begins today ... and yes, we can finally say FIREPROOF has played in all 50 states. It opens today in Warwick, Rhode Island! Here are the other new locations and theaters!

Clinton, Ark. (Gateway Cinema)
Moorpark, Cal. (Moorpark 3)
Poway, Cal. (Poway Creekside Plaza 10)
Weaverville, Cal. (Trinity)
Boulder, Colo. (Century 16)
Lamar, Colo. (Lamar Theatre)
Paonia, Colo. (New Paradise)
Miami, Fla. (Palace 18)
Zephyrhills, Fla. (Zephyrhills 10)
Carbondale, Ill. (University Place 8)
Centralia, Ill. (Centralia Plaza 5)
Sandwich, Ill. (WOW 7 Cinema)
Bedford, Ind. (Great Escape 7)
Corydon, Ind. (Cinema 4)
Franklin, Ind. (Canary Creek Cinemas)
Greenfield, Ind. (Legacy 6 Cinema)
Indianapolis, Ind. (Circle Center 9)
Indianapolis, Ind. (Eagle Highlands 10)
Rensselaer, Ind. (Fountain Stone 5) Atlantic, Iowa (Atlantic Theatre)
Cherokee, Iowa (American Theatre)
Estherville, Iowa (Grand Theatre)
Grinnell, Iowa (Grinnell Theatre)
Grundy Center, Iowa (Center Theatre)
Knoxville, Iowa (Village Theatre)
Newton, Iowa (Capitol II Theatres)
Sheldon, Iowa (Iowa)
Shenandoah, Iowa (Legacy 3)
Waterloo, Iowa (Crossroads 12)
Campbellsville, Ky. (Green River 6)
Eunice, La. (The Queen 2)
Springhill, La. (Spring)
Auburn, Maine (Auburn 10 Cinemas)
Thomaston, Maine (Flagship Cinemas 10—Rockland)
Waterville, Maine (Flagship Cinemas Waterville 8)
Glen Burnie, Md. (Marley Station 8)
Hastings, Mich. (Hastings 4)
Livonia, Mich. (Laurel Park 10)
Niles, Mich. (Wonderland Cinemas)
Baxter, Minn. (Movies 10 @ Westgate)
Foley, Minn. (Brickhouse Cinema 4)
International Falls, Minn. (Cine Twin Cinemas)
Morris, Minn. (Morris)
Wadena, Minn. (Cozy)
Hamilton, Mont. (Pharaohplex 4)
Murphy, N.C. (Henn Theatre)
Mitchell, Neb. (Nile)
Nebraska City, Neb. (Pioneer)
York, Neb. (Sun Theatre)
Minden, Nev. (Ironwood Stadium 8)
Concord, N.H. (Red River 3)
Clayton, N.M. (Luna)
Lowville, N.Y. (Town Hall)
Oneida, N.Y. (Movieplex Cinemas At Glenwood Plaza)
Oneonta, N.Y. (Oneonta Southside Mall Cinemas)
Oswego, N.Y. (Oswego Cinema 7)
Tupper Lake, N.Y. (State)
Norwalk, Ohio (Towne & Country Theatre)
Tiffin, Ohio (Tiffin Movies 8)
Wooster, Ohio (Movies 10—Wooster)
Baker City, Ore. (Eltrym Theatre)
Oregon City, Ore. (Hilltop 9 Cinema)
Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg Cinema 7)
Sherwood, Ore. (Sherwood 10)
Altoona, Penn. (Carmike 8)
Mt. Lebanon, Penn. (Galleria Six)
Pleasant Hills, Penn. (Southland 9)
Warwick, R.I. (Showcase Cinemas Warwick 15)
Huron, S.D. (Huron Cinema 3)
Webster, S.D. (Webster Theatre)
Lafollette, Tenn. (Movies 2)
Cedar Park, Tex. (Cinemark Cedar Park 12)
Mineral Wells, Tex. (Brazos Cinema 3)
Plainview, Tex. (Town Centre Cinema 6)
Weslaco, Tex. (Movies 10)
Hurricane, Utah (Coral Cliff Cinema 8)
Provo, Utah (Wynnsong 12)
Gretna, Va. (Gretna Theatre)
Midlothian, Va. (Carmike 10—Midlothian/Richmond)
Staunton, Va. (Staunton Mall Cinema 6)
Virginia Beach, Va. (Pembroke Cinema 8)
Virginia Beach, Va. (Strawbridge Marketplace 12)
Fairlea, W. Va. (Seneca Showcase)
Bonneylake, Wash. (Tall Firs 10)
Port Orchard, Wash. (South Sound Cinema 10)
Poulsbo, Wash. (Poulsbo 10)
Vancouver, Wash. (Cinema 99-11)
Tomah, Wisc. (Ho-Chunk Cinema 6)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An “Unusual” Story ...

Check out this excerpt from a story Cheryl posted at FireprooftheMovie.com:

“I am an unusual case. I have been divorced now for four years, after two and a half years of marriage with my ex-husband. The divorce was sudden and quick, with neither of us really knowing why we were doing it. We shocked our family and our friends. He even lost a couple of his friends, which I am still heartbroken about. Once we settled all the legal matters, we pretty much severed contact with each other permanently … until this year. …

“I (recently) went with my mom to see FIREPROOF. I immediately felt God speaking to my heart. I was in utter tears at the end of the movie, and my mom just sat there holding me for several minutes as the credits played. I didn’t know what to think. In my mind, it was too late for us. We were already divorced. God, however, laid it on my heart to purchase The Love Dare. Despite all logic, I bought it. I am on day 22 now. It has not been easy. The last encounter with my ex-husband was met with a combination of anger and gratefulness. I know God is doing a mighty work in my heart, and I no longer view our marriage, him, myself, or the institution of marriage and the roles of husbands and wives the same. I don’t know where God is leading me in all this, but I do know that He is in control, and that whatever happens will be for my good (and my ex-husband’s good) and God’s glory.”

You can read Cheryl’s full story—and more than 2,000 others—here. And while you’re there, be sure to share your story about FIREPROOF.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kind Words

As the seventh weekend wrapped up, FIREPROOF was No. 14 in the box office and remained in the Top 10 for per-screen averages. Thanks!

We wanted to share with you excerpts from three recent blog reviews of the movie.

“It was constructive and thought-provoking; one of those rare movies that has the power not only to entertain but to affect change. I think every couple should see this movie.”
Jenny Harmon

“You will leave the theater as I did, wanting to love better, and thinking hard about what real, sacrificial love is.”
Cyndi Michener

“I can honestly say that it makes you stop and think about whether or not you are treating your spouse the way that you originally vowed to treat them. I definitely feel as though it is a movie for all married couples to see. I encourage all couples to see it and realize that you can always improve upon your marriage in one way or another.”
Lisa

How would your one- or two-sentence review of FIREPROOF read?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Letting People Know

As FIREPROOF begins Week No. 7 in theaters nationwide, we wanted to take a minute to say thank you to each and every one of you that has helped get the word out about this film. Think of the movies that have come and gone since the September 26 opening of this film—and it is safe to assume they all have had much larger advertising budgets than FIREPROOF!

A little encouragement about seeing this movie can go a long way. Here is a note we received from Pastor J. Mark Fox of Antioch Community Church in North Carolina sharing a remarkable story that began with a word about this movie:

“I write a weekly religion column for the Times-News of Burlington, N.C. This past Saturday I wrote a column entitled ‘Fireproof Your Marriage.’ I got a call on Monday from a woman who read my column and then went to see the movie with her husband. They were separated, neither are believers, and after they saw the movie she called me (I have never met her) and said, ‘We want to know Jesus. And we plan to work on our marriage. I want to know if I should move back in with my husband.’ She and her husband plan to come to the church I pastor, Antioch Community Church, this Sunday! Thank you so much for this wonderful movie. I know God is using it to restore broken marriages and to call His sheep to Himself. May God richly bless you!”

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Talk About a Fan!

Check out this post from John on the Stories page at FireprooftheMovie.com:

“Twelve times! My mother, sister, and I have seen FIREPROOF twelve times, and it never gets old. We see something new every time! I’ve never been married, but the Godly principles and precepts in this movie can be applied to all aspects of life, and I’ve found new ways to do that because of this movie. Thank you!”

So our question to you: how many times have you seen FIREPROOF?

Talking FIREPROOF

Kirk Cameron will be doing interviews on three nationally syndicated radio shows later this week. On Thursday, November 6, he will be on the Mike Gallagher Show at 11:45 a.m. EST. Later that day, he will be a guest on the Michael Reagen Show at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Then on Friday, Kirk will be on the Michael Medved Show at 4 p.m. EST. Be sure to listen in to hear Kirk’s thoughts on the impact that FIREPROOF is having all across our country!

While you’re waiting to hear Kirk, take a minute to read the review of the movie at Paul Loeffler’s blog. Here’s an excerpt:

“In the end, though, it was the message—and how it was communicated—that really made the movie amazing. This man was willing to fight for his marriage, even when he was losing. The tag line for the movie (used in an amazing way by Kirk Cameron’s character) is, ‘Never leave your partner behind.’ I still get something in my gut just thinking about it.

“It’s a movie that men will like because it’s about fighting for something bigger than ourselves, and dealing with those things as men, not with our emotions. Women will love this movie because it’s well balanced with emotional moments, and helping women deal with their emotions, and weed through the valid and not so valid ones. Neither the husband nor the wife are portrayed as the total villain, or the total victim. We see both sides of the pain, including the struggle of trying to fight when your heart isn’t in it, keeping us from making excuses.”

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Getting Ready for November 7

We have a list of 130 new theaters where FIREPROOF will be opening this Friday, November 7. Perhaps the two most exciting locations are Montpelier and Burlington—our first two locations in Vermont! As of Friday, FIREPROOF will have played in all 50 states!

CORRECTION: We still have not made it to the great state of Rhode Island.

It will also remain in 740 theaters where it has been playing, including in Rapid City, South Dakota—where it opened seven weeks ago thanks to an Action Squad led by Pastor John Little. His reaction: “Well, it’s official … FIREPROOF is now held over for a SEVENTH week here in Rapid City! I just got next week’s schedule … it is playing with no movies that it started with the week of September 26; in other words, it has lasted longer than all of them!”

Talk about long-lasting, here is the list of new theaters for this week:

Fort Payne, Ala. (Hamilton 6 Cinema)
Juneau, Alaska (Glacier Cinema 5)
Booneville, Ark. (Savage Theatre)
Hot Springs, Ark. (Behind the Mall 4)
Waldron, Ark. (Scott)
Big Bear Lake, Cal. (Village 1 & 2)
Crescent City, Cal. (Crescent City Cinemas)
Hanford, Cal. (Metro 4)
Laguna Niguel, Cal. (Rancho Niguel 8 Cinemas)
Riverside, Cal. (Jurupa Stadium 14 Cinemas)
Canon City, Colo. (Creekside 4)
Estes Park, Colo. (Reel Mountain Cinema)
Lagrange, Ga. (Carmike 10)
Rome, Ga. (Movies 9—Berry Square)
Hagatna, Guam (Agana Center Stadium)
Lewiston, Id. (Village Centre Cinemas at Nez Pierce Plaza)
Carbondale, Ill. (Showplace 8)
Carlinville, Ill. (Marvel Theater)
Decatur, Ill. (Hickory Point 12 Decatur Forsyth)
Edwardsville, Ill. (Showplace 12)
Greenville, Ill. (Globe)
Harrisburg, Ill. (Harrisburg 4)
Lincoln, Ill. (Lincoln Cinemas 4)
Mason City, Ill. (Arlee Theatre)
Rockford, Ill. (Showplace 16)
Connersville, Ind. (Showtime Cinemas 8)
Elkhart, Ind. (Carmike Encore Park 14)
Princeton, Ind. (Princeton 4 Theatre)
Algona, Iowa (Algona Theatre
Centerville, Iowa (Lake Center Twin Cinemas)
Independence, Iowa (Starlight Cinema 2)
Keokuk, Iowa (Plaza Cinema 3)
Okobji, Iowa (Great Lakes Cinema 7)
Pella, Iowa (Pella Cinemas)
Sioux Center, Iowa (Fridley Cinema 5)
Storm Lake, Iowa (Vista Theatre)
Arkansas City, Kan. (Cowley Cinema 8)
Marysville, Kan. (Astro 3 Theatres)
Bardstown, Ky. (Keystone Cinema)
LaGrange, Ky. (Great Escape 8)
Bossier City, La. (Bossier Corners Cinema 9)
Crowley, La. (Crowley Cinema 4)
Bangor, Maine (Movie City Cinema)
Oakland, Md. (Garrett 8 Cinemas)
Cadillac, Mich. (Cadillac 5)
Essexville, Mich. (Hampton 4)
Lowell, Mich. (Ada Lowell 5)
Three Rivers, Mich. (Three Rivers 6)
Benson, Minn. (Demarce)
Cold Springs, Minn. (Quarry Cinema 5)
Hastings, Minn. (Hastings 9)
Mora, Minn. (Paradise)
Rosemount, Minn. (Rosemount 8)
Sauk Centre, Minn. (Main Street 6)
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. (Varsity Cinemas)
Shakopee, Minn. (Shakopee Town Square 11)
St. Michael, Minn. (Cinemagic Metropolitan 15)
Amory, Miss. (Amory Twin Cinema)
Clinton, Mo. (Missouri Cinema 6)
Farmington, Mo. (Showplace 4)
Harrisonville, Mo. (Cinema 6—Harrisonville)
Maryville, Mo. (Maryville Hangar 5)
Nevada, Mo. (Century Six Theaters)
Sullivan, Mo. (B & B Sullivan 6 Cinema)
Lewistown, Mont. (Judith Theatre)
Polson, Mont. (Showboat 2 Cinemas)
Andrews, N.C. (Andrews Twin Cinema)
Greensboro, N.C. (Carmike 18)
Henderson, N.C. (Marketplace Cinema 6)
Jonesville, N.C. (Starmount Crossing Cinema 5)
Kernersville, N.C. (Countryside Cinema 4) Central City, Neb. (State)
McCook, Neb. (Cinema 3)
Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (Towne 16 Theatres)
Phillipsburg, N.J. (Pohatcong 12)
Las Cruces, N.M. (Telshor Cinema 12)
Corning, N.Y. (Palace Theater)
Queensbury, N.Y. (Aviation Mall Cinemas 7)
Cincinnati, Ohio (Cincinnati Mills)
Cincinnati, Ohio (Pierce Point Cinema 10)
Edmond, Okla. (Kickingbird Cinemas 8)
El Reno, Okla. (Reno Cinema 8)
Idabel, Okla. (McCurtain Cinema)
McAlester, Okla. (Cinema 69 Theatre)
Pryor, Okla. (AllRed Cinema 5)
La Grande, Ore. (Granada Tri)
McMinnville, Ore. (McMinnville Cinema 10)
Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg Cinema 7)
Beaver Falls, Pa. (Plaza 6)
East Greenville, Pa. (Grand Theatre)
Hermitage, Pa. (Shenango Valley Cinemas)
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Carmike 10)
State College, Pa. (Cinema Six)
Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Park Plaza)
Hinesville, Ga. (Liberty 7 Cinema)
Laurens, S.C. (Capitol Theatre)
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Broadway 16)
Mitchell, S.D. (Luxury 5)
Bartlett, Tenn. (Hollywood 20 Cinema)
Crossville, Tenn. (Rocky Top 10)
Athens, Tex. (Athens 4)
Bee Cave, Tex. (Hill Country Galleria 14)
Brenham, Tex. (Westwood 3)
Corsicana, Tex. (Cinema 4—Corsicana)
Huntsville, Tex. (Cinema 10—Huntsville)
Kingsville, Tex. (Rio 7 Cinema)
Lubbock, Tex. (Stars and Stripes Drive-In)
Midland, Tex. (Big Sky Drive In 2)
Spearman, Tex. (Lyric)
Cedar Bluff, Va. (Broadway)
Charlottesville, Va. (Carmike Six)
Winchester, Va. (Center 6 Cinema)
Burlington, Vt. (Merrill's Roxy Theatre)
Montpelier, Vt. (Capitol)
Elkins, W. Va. (Cinema 6—Elkins)
Logan, W. Va. (Fountain Plaece Cinema 8)
Anacortes, Wash. (Anacortes)
Ellensburg, Wash. (Grand Meridian 9)
Lynnwood, Wash. (Alderwood 16)
Marysville, Wash. (Marysville Cinema 14)
Redmond, Wash. (Bella Botega 11 Cinema)
Spokane, Wash. (Village Centre Wandermere 14)
Stanwood, Wash. (Stanwood Cinema 5)
Hartford, Wisc. (Hartford 9)
Lake Geneva, Wisc. (Showboat of Lyons 6)
Marinette, Wisc. (Mariner)
Mosinee, Wisc. (Cedar Creek Cinema)
Whitewater, Wisc. (Theatres of Whitewater 4)
Casper, Wyo. (Iris Stadium)

Lovin’ on FIREPROOF

Enough about what we’re saying … we checked out the blog-o-sphere and found some great thoughts about FIREPROOF. Check these out:

“What a great movie! I encourage everyone to see it. … Make this $10 investment in your marriage. It will pay off far greater benefits than a couple of lattes.” Bob Bouwer

“Encourage your friends to see Fireproof and pray that couples in troubled marriages will be inspired to keep trying. Real love isn’t for sissies.” Mary Ann Kreitze

“This movie will inspire you and touch your heart. … Go see this movie and tell anyone who’s married to see it too. Put this love story on your ‘I Do List’ this year!”
Rockin’ Ron Corino, Transparent Christian Magazine

“If you have not seen it yet, then I strongly encourage you to do so. I thought that it was very well done, and is realistic portrayal of a marriage and the gospel.” BibleDude.net

“It had a nice mix of action, funny moments, and happy tear-jerker moments. This movie can show you what being a loving, faithful, and dedicated spouse is all about.” Perfect Wedding Guide of New Mexico

Good stuff one and all ... thanks for all the kind words!

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Cool Comparison

Now that we’re in November, some radio stations are actually starting to play Christmas music! Perhaps no movie touches hearts more at Christmastime than It’s a Wonderful Life.

We bring that up because Ray Nothstine brought up that movie in his online review of FIREPROOF. Take a look:

“In many ways FIREPROOF is reminiscent of Hollywood’s Golden era, when Frank Capra directed Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life. Capra’s films were known for stressing a strong personal ethic, for displaying virtue in the face of evil and for triumphant endings. FIREPROOF has all of that as well as an unconcealed Christian worldview.”

What do you think of that comparison? Is there another movie of which FIREPROOF reminds you? Let us know …

Thursday, October 30, 2008

FIREPROOF Still Going Strong!

As FIREPROOF prepares for its sixth weekend in theaters, more than 100 theaters will be adding it to their offerings. In all, 887 theaters across the country will be showing FIREPROOF. An interesting aside: through today, the end of the fifth week, the movie is still playing in 80 percent of the theaters where it opened on September 26! That is due to loyal fans like you ... thanks!

Let us know if you live in one of these new towns and what day you will be seeing FIREPROOF!

Clarksville, Ark. (Clarksville Cinema)
Mountain Home, Ark. (Sun Valley Cinema 6)
Brentwood, Cal. (Delta Cinemas)
Grass Valley, Cal. (Sierra 4)
Jackson, Cal. (Jackson Cinemas)
Laguna Niguel, Cal. (Rancho Niguel 8 Cinemas)
Lodi, Cal. (Stadium 12)
Oroville, Cal. (Feather River Cinemas 6)
Red Bluff, Cal. (Riverside Plaza)
Santa Rosa, Cal. (The Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas)
Steamboat Springs, Colo. (Wildhorse Stadium 6)
Apopka, Fla. (Wekiva Riverwalk 8)
Inverness, Fla. (Citrus Cinemas 6)
Lake City, Fla. (Cinema 90 #6)
Port Orange, Fla. (Port Orange 6)
Tampa, Fla. (University 16)
The Villages, Fla. (Old Mill Playhouse 8)
Cartersville, Ga. (Carmike 12)
Bloomington, Ill. (Palace Cinemas)
Clinton, Ill. (Clintonia Eagle Theatre)
Freeport, Ill. (Lindo Theatre)
Hillsboro, Ill. (Orpheum Theater)
Jacksonville, Ill. (Illinois Theatre 2)
Morton, Ill. (Morton Cinema)
Mt. Vernon, Ill. (Showplace 8)
Robinson, Ill. (Eagle 5)
St. Charles, Ill. (Charlestown 18)
Goshen, Ind. (Linway Plaza 6)
Greendale, Ind. (Greendale Cinema 10)
Jasper, Ind. (Jasper Cinema 8)
Plymouth, Ind. (Showland Cinema 3)
Seymour, Ind. (Great Escape 8)
Carroll, Iowa (Carroll Theatres)
Orange City, Iowa (Holland Plaza)
Spencer, Iowa (Southpark 7)
Colby, Kan. (Colby Cinema & Arcade)
Pikeville, Ky. (Riverfill 10)
Shelbyville, Ky. (Great Escape 8)
Natchitoches, La. (The Parkway Cinema)
Grand Haven, Mich. (Grand Haven 9)
Kalamazoo, Mich. (Gull Road Cinema)
Monroe, Mich. (Frenchtown Square Mall 8)
Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Celebration Cinema 11)
Oxford, Mich. (Oxford 7)
Cambridge, Minn. (Cambridge Theatre)
Duluth, Minn. (Duluth 10 Theatre)
East Grand Forks, Minn. (River Cinema 12)
Grand Rapids, Minn. (Mann Cinema 8)
Hibbing, Minn. (Mann's Hibbing Cinema 8)
Owatonna, Minn. (Northwood Cinema 10)
Laurel, Miss. (Sawmill Square 5)
Creve Coeur, Mo. (West Olive 16)
Fulton, Mo. (Fulton Cinema 8)
Kirksville, Mo. (Downtown Cinema 8)
West Plains, Mo. (Glass Sword 3 Cinemas)
Bozeman, Mont. (Gallatin Valley Cinema)
Albemarle, N.C. (Eastgate 5)
Laurinburg, N.C. (Laurinburg Twin)
Southport, N.C. (Surf Cinemas 4)
Fremont, Neb. (Cinema III Theatres)
Seward, Neb. (Rivoli)
Hooksett, N.H. (Cinemagic & Imax 15)
Geneva, N.Y. (Movies 8)
Hudson, N.Y. (Fairview Cinema 3)
Monroe, N.Y. (Monroe Cinema 6)
Rome, N.Y. (Rome Cinemas)
Athens, Ohio (Athena Grand 11)
Cincinnati, Ohio (Showcase Cinemas Western Hills 14)
Findlay, Ohio (Carmike 12)
Gallipolis, Ohio (Spring Valley Cinema 7)
Hamilton, Ohio (Showplace 8)
Jackson, Ohio (Tri City)
Nelsonville, Ohio (Movies 10)
Wheelersburg, Ohio (Wheelersburg Cinema 6)
Grove, Okla. (Cinema 4)
Pauls Valley, Okla. (Royal 1 & 2 Theatres)
Sand Springs, Okla. (Cinema 8—Sand Springs)
Grants Pass, Ore. (Movies Six)
Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston Cinema 8)
Klamath Falls, Ore. (Pelican Cinemas)
Altoona, Pa. (Carmike 8)
Delmont, Pa. (Wynnsong 12)
Greensburg, Pa. (Carmike 15)
Scranton, Pa. (Endless Mountain Theatre)
James Island, S.C. (Carmike James Island 8)
Elizabethton, Tenn. (Bonnie Kate Theatre)
Savannah, Tenn. (Southgate 3)
Big Spring, Tex. (Cinema 4)
Brenham, Tex. (Westwood 3)
Center, Tex. (Rio)
New Braunfels, Tex. (The Marketplace 12)
Stephenville, Tex. (Cinema 6—Stephenville)
Uvalde, Tex. (Forum 4)
Colonial Heights, Va. (Southpark Mall Stadium 16)
Culpeper, Va. (Culpeper Movies 4)
Galax, Va. (Twin County Cinema 3)
Norton, Va. (Cinema City Stadium 9)
Rocky Mount, Va. (Eagle Rock 5)
Martinsburg, W. Va. (Martinsburg Cinema 10)
Morgantown, W. Va. (Morgantown Mall 12)
Summersville, W. Va. (Merchants Walk 4)
Othello, Wash. (Showhouse Theatre)
Tukwila, Wash. (Parkway Plaza 12)
Yelm, Wash. ( Yelm Cinemas at Prairie Park)
Burlington, Wisc. (Plaza Theater—Burlington)
Lake Delton, Wisc. (Desert Star Cinema)
Monroe, Wisc. (Goetz 2)
Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. (Sturgeon Bay Cinema 6)
Viroqua, Wisc. (Vernon Cinema)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Movies ... and TV

We know it would be impossible for you to go to every showing of FIREPROOF this weekend. So we have one other entertainment option for you: Huckabee. Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, now has a weekend talk show on the Fox News Channel, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific both on Saturday and Sunday.

Why do we share this with you? Well, in addition to Mr. Huckabee endorsing the movie (“FIREPROOF is a gripping and powerful story. … I loved it and you will too!”), he has a couple of guests on his show this weekend you might enjoy seeing.

On the show this weekend are Alex Kendrick, the director and co-writer of FIREPROOF (and co-author of The Lovc Dare), and Jim McBride, one of the executive producers of the film. Jim and Alex (also known as coaches Bobby Lee Duke and Grant Taylor) will be discussing the movie that has become a movement!

Tune in and let us know what you think of the show! Now, who is ready to go see a movie this weekend?!?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some Quick Updates

We wanted to get you caught up on a few things as we get ready for the fifth weekend of FIREPROOF, the No. 1 Inspirational Film in America!

For the first time, FIREPROOF did not finish in the Top 10 last weekend ... it was eleventh. Because it played in only a little more than 900 theaters, FIREPROOF still easily finished in the top 10 for per-screen average. With the film still playing in 883 theaters, including 84 new ones, it is possible the movie could return to the overall Top 10 this weekend!

Including theaters that have added (and subtracted) FIREPROOF since it opened on September 26, the total number of theaters that will have had FIREPROOF playing as of this weekend is 1,101.

We told you about the opportunity you had last week to bid on a jacket that Kirk Cameron wore during a scene in FIREPROOF. It turns out that the winning bid was $2,500, with all of the proceeds going to American Family Radio. Congratulations to all involved!

And finally, this is the 100th post on this blog ... thanks for following along and thanks for all of your great comments. Most of all, thanks for all you are doing to help people fall in love with FIREPROOF!

Monday, October 20, 2008

October 24 Openings

FINAL UPDATE: As of October 23, there are now 85 theaters where FIREPROOF will open on October 24. Take a look at the list and let your friends that live in these towns know about the movie! (You can get tickets here.)

Boaz, Ala. (Boaz 9 Cinema)
Apple Valley, Cal. (Apple Valley 14)
Irvine, Cal. (Westpark 8 Cinemas)
Lakeport, Cal. (Lakeport 5)
Monterey, Cal. (Osio Plaza 6)
Oakhurst, Cal. (Met Theatre 5)
Paradise, Cal. (Paradise Cinema 7)
Rohnert Park, Cal. (Rohnert Park All-Stadium 16)
Sonora, Cal. (Sonora Stadium 10)
South Lake Tahoe, Cal. (Heavenly Village Cinemas)
Tehachapi, Cal. (Hitching Post 4)
Ukiah, Cal. (Ukiah Stadium 6)
Loveland, Colo. (Metropolitan MetroLux 12)
Mystic, Conn. (Mystic Village Cinema 3)
Hialeah, Fla. (Hialeah 18)
Homestead, Fla. (Flagship Cinemas 14)
Eastman, Ga. (Heart of Georgia)
St. Marys, Ga. (Kings Bay Village 9)
St. Simons Island, Ga. (Island Cinemas 7)
Bloomington, Ill. (Galaxy 14 Cine)
Peoria, Ill. (Willow Knolls 14)
Richmond, Ind. (Showplace 11)
Ankeny, Iowa (Paramount 5)
Sioux City, Iowa (Promenade Cinema 14)
Derby, Kan. (Derby Plaza)
Newton, Kan. (Chisolm 8)
Cannonsburg, Ky. (Phoenix 10 Theatres at Kyova Mall)
Elizabethtown, Ky. (Movie Palace 6)
Mt Sterling, Ky. (10th Frame)
Seekonk, Mass. (Showcase Cinemas Seekonk Route 6)
South Weymouth, Mass. (Cameo 2)
Springfield, Mass. (Showcase Cinemas at Eastfield Mall)
Annapolis, Md. (Harbour 9 Theatres)
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Quality 16)
Ypsilanti, Mich. (Showcase Cinemas Ann Arbor 20)
Austin, Minn. (Cinemagic 7)
Hutchinson, Minn. (Century Cinema 7)
Monticello, Minn. (Monticello 14)
Grenada, Miss. (Plaza Twin Cinema)
New Albany, Miss. (The Movie Reel)
Lebanon, Mo. (B&B Ritz 4 Theatres)
Monett, Mo. (B&B Plaza 5)
Bozeman, Mont. (Gallatin Valley Cinema)
Missoula, Mont. (Carmike 10)
Brevard, N.C. (The Falls Cinema)
Concord, N.C. (Carolina Mall 8)
Jacksonville, N.C. (Carmike 16)
Monroe, N.C. (Union Square Cinema 8)
New Bern, N.C. (Southgate Cinema 7)
Sanford, N.C. (Spring Lane Cinemas)
Laughlin, Nev. (Riverside Resort 6)
Alamogordo, N.M. (Allen Aviator 10)
Ashland, Ohio (Ashland Square Cinema)
Grove City, Ohio (Star Cinemas 8-Grove City)
Hillsboro, Ohio (Star Cinemas 6-Hillsboro)
Mason, Ohio (Showcase Cinemas Kings Island)
Broken Arrow, Okla. (Cinema 8—Broken Arrow)
Claremore, Okla. (Claremore Cinema 8)
Guymon, Okla. (Suburban Cinemas Northridge 8)
Sapulpa, Okla. (B & B Sapulpa Cinema 8)
Tahlequah, Okla. (Green Country 6)
Sisters, Ore. (Sisters Movie House 4)
Bloomsburg, Penn. (Cinema Center—Bloomsburg)
Palmyra, Penn. (Cinema Center of Palmyra)
Pittsburgh, Penn. (Waterworks Cinemas)
Conway, S.C. (Rivertowne Stadium 12)
Lexington, S.C. (Pastime Pavilion 8 Cinemas)
Brookings, S.D. (Showcase Cinema 5)
Milbank, S.D. (Mill 3)
Pierre, S.D. (State 3 Theatre)
Watertown, S.D. (Watertown Mall Cinema 5)
Morristown, Tenn. (College Square 9)
Austin, Tex. (Southpark Meadows 14)
Beeville, Tex. (Rio Six Cinema)
Galveston, Tex. (Premiere Cinema 11)
Pleasanton, Tex. (Plestex 3)
Portland, Tex. (North Shore 8)
Park City, Utah (Redstone 8 Cinemas)
Abingdon, Va. (Abingdon Cinemall)
Port Orchard, Wash. (Orchard Theatre)
Sunnyside, Wash. (Grand Yakima Valley 12)
Yakima, Wash. (Yakima 8)
Delafield, Wisc. (Hillside 14)
Grand Chute, Wisc. (Hollywood 14—Appleton)
Green Bay, Wisc. (Marcus Greenbay East 12)
Cheyenne, Wyo. (Capitol City 12)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Who Knew?

Okay, admit it … you had little to no idea that Saturday, October 18 is Sweetest Day. ’Tis true. Now that you know, what will you do? Well, the FIREPROOF Blog has a suggestion: take your sweetie to see FIREPROOF this weekend! It will be a gift that you’ll both enjoy!

Okay, admit it … you had little to no idea that October is Clergy Appreciation Month. Again, ’tis true. So, what is a good way to show appreciation? How about FIREPROOF tickets for this weekend?

Sensing a theme here? Honestly though, how many movies are at theaters this weekend that not only affirm marriage but will also impact marriages? How many clergy members would not only benefit from the movie, but also then be able to encourage the entire congregation to experience the film?

Two celebrations, one movie: FIREPROOF. Now you know!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Singles Loving FIREPROOF

Take one look at the Stories section at FireprooftheMovie.com and you will find all kinds of examples about how FIREPROOF is impacting married couples. But what about singles? Well, thanks to the blogosphere, we have an answer:

“You need to go see FIREPROOF. Really, you do. I went tonight and was so glad I did.”

That’s what Pastor Nate Peregoy says on his blog. That, and well this:

“Most of all, it’s for everybody. Kids, parents, older couples, singles. Everybody. Each viewer learns about forgiveness. The movie speaks to all relationships and has application for us all as we accept and serve each other unconditionally. I’m usually not very good at this. But the movie helped put human skin on grace and helped us enter into the opportunities we have to bring love and peace to the lives of the people around us.”

Then there’s Nicky Story. Someone asked her to see FIREPROOF so that should could blog about it from a single’s perspective. Here are some of her thoughts:

FIREPROOF, a story about love. I was truly moved by the movie, it is yet another example of love being a choice—not a feeling. Of course the film is about a married couple, but it is even more about the relationship we have with the Lord. Are we choosing to love Him, even when we don’t feel like it?”

Finally, we aren’t joshing about singles liking it. Take a look at what Josh said over at Just Joshing:

“It is an AWESOME Christian based film. I recommend it to everyone! While the storyline focuses primarily on marriage, there are also a lot of good lessons for single Christians to learn as well.”

Thanks for the great posts! And if you’re single and have seen the movie, we’d love to hear your thoughts in our comments area!

You Never Know Who Is In Your Theater ...

Take a look at this story passed along by Kirk Cameron ...

“I was in Charleston, West Virginia for a conference with my ministry partner, Ray Comfort. We were teaching Christians how to share their faith more effectively with everyday people. On Saturday night, Ray and I (and 14 others from our team) went to the 7:00 showing of FIREPROOF at a local theater. We slipped in about 30 minutes before the end, and when the credits rolled, the lights came up and I stood up and introduced myself to the audience.

“We had their rapt attention, as I’m sure its not every day people have the actor they’ve just watched appear and start talking to them. I spoke of some of the highlights of FIREPROOF, how marriage is to honored above all, and explained how the woman I kissed in the movie wasn’t Erin Bethea, but instead was my real wife who was specially flown for the scene. That was our way of honoring marriage both on and off the screen.

“Then I introduced Ray, and he preached the gospel. It was beautiful. As we made a quick exit, a tall man in his 30s ran after us and said that he wanted to surrender his life to Christ. ‘I want to be saved. I need to be saved!’ he said. We found a quiet place in the hall and prayed with him. It was sweet icing on the cake of a night.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bid on Caleb’s Jacket!

Our friends over at American Family Radio (AFR) told us about an eBay auction item that you might be interested in bidding on. Back in November on the FIREPROOF Production Blog, you learned about media outlets visiting the set of FIREPROOF in Albany, Georgia. We even had a picture of AFR morning man JJ Jasper interviewing Stephen Kendrick.

Well, an interesting thing happened when JJ was on the set. One of the evening shoots included a scene where Caleb Holt goes outside to call his father. As is wont to be the case in late autumn, it was pretty chilly that evening. After a few takes, Kirk Cameron mentioned how cold it was getting. JJ graciously offered up his jacket and sure enough, that is what Kirk is wearing when he makes a key phone call.
Afterward, Kirk signed the inside panel of the jacket. Now, the jacket is available on eBay! And best of all, the full amount of the purchase price goes to AFR, the commercial-free radio network, which is in the midst of their Sharathon. The jacket auction lasts until early Saturday morning.

So, here is your chance get a piece of FIREPROOF ... and a nice jacket to boot! (btw: get well soon, JJ!)

Blog-o-Rama

Lots of really great stuff to share with you ... which works great, because they are all about you sharing FIREPROOF with others!

First, we have great news about this coming weekend. After three consecutive finishes in the Top 10, FIREPROOF will actually be playing in more theaters than ever this weekend. It will be in 905 theaters, including exactly 100 that will have it for the first time. Thanks to you telling people and them telling others, a movie made by a church is flummoxing the movie industry!

Next, on iReport.com, LAGirl posted a review of FIREPROOF that includes this great line: “You get laughs, you get cries and you leave entertained.”

Finally, it looks like some of you have been interviewing Kirk Cameron (aka Caleb Holt). Uinterview.com has posted its unique brand of regular-people interviews with Kirk:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Thursday Farewells

The theaters listed below will be bidding farewell to FIREPROOF before this weekend. (And be sure to check out the list of the more than 90 theaters that will be getting FIREPROOF for the first time this Friday, October 17.)

If you live in one of the towns listed below, you have until Thursday to see the movie. But take heart; that is still enough time to get a group together to see the movie that is changing how people look at marriage in the movies!

Tucson, Ariz. (Century El Con 20 Theatre)
Blytheville, Ark. (Malco Trio)
Lakewood, Cal. (Lakewood Center Stadium 16)
Long Beach, Cal. (Marketplace 6—Long Beach)
Manhattan Beach, Cal. (Manhattan Village 6)
Oceanside, Cal. (Oceanside 16)
Palmdale, Cal. (Cinemark 16)
San Diego, Cal. (Town Square All Stadium 14)
Santa Barbara, Cal. (Riviera)
Denver, Colo. (Colorado Center 9)
Littleton, Colo. (Bowles Crossing 12)
Wilmington, Del. (Brandywine Town Center 16)
Melbourne, Fla. (Oaks 10)
Miami, Fla. (The Falls 12)
Orlando, Fla. (Fashion Square 14)
Starke, Fla. (Florida Twin)
Fort Benning, Ga. (Wynnsong 10)
Cairo, Ga. (Zebulon Cinema)
Savannah, Ga. (Carmike 10)
Thomaston, Ga. (Ritz Theatre)
Chicago, Ill. (600 North Michigan Ave.)
Lake in the Hills, Ill. (Lake in the Hills 12)
New Lenox, Ill. (Showplace 14)
Batesville, Ind. (Gibson Theatre)
Merrillville, Ind. (Showplace 12—Hobart)
Wabash, Ind. (Syn Eagles Theatre)
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (Temple Theatre)
Murray, Ky. (Cheri)
Houma, La. (Palace Theatre 10)
Framingham, Mass. (Framingham 15)
Hunt Valley, Md. (Hunt Valley Cinemas 12)
La Vale, Md. (Country Club 6)
Westminster, Md. (Westminster 9)
Dickinson, N.D. (Cinema Three)
Farmingdale, N.Y. (Farmingdale Stadium 10)
Garden City, N.Y. (Roosevelt Field 8)
New York, N.Y. (Empire 25 Theaters)
West Nyack, N.Y. (Loews Palisades Center 21)
Yonkers, N.Y. (Central Plaza 4)
Columbus, Ohio (Lennox 24)
St. Clairsville, Ohio (Ohio Valley Mall 9)
Toledo, Ohio (Franklin Park 15)
Zanesville, Ohio (Cinemark 12)
Norman, Okla. (Spotlight 14)
Beaverton, Ore. (Century 16 - Cedar Hills Crossing)
King of Prussia, Penn. (King of Prussia 15 & Imax)
McCandless, Penn. (Showcase Pittsburgh North)
Moosic, Penn. (Cinemark 20—Moosic)
Scranton, Penn. (Steamtown Mall)
Wilkes-Barre, Penn. (Wilkes-Barre Movies 14)
Oneida, Tenn. (Cinema 3 Theatre)
Copperas Cove, Tex. (Cove Theatre)
Del Rio, Tex. (Movies 8)
Graham, Tex. (National Theater 2)
San Antonio, Tex. (Santikos Embassy 14)
Alexandria, Va. (AMC Hoffman Center 22)
Federal Way, Wash. (Century Sea Tac Mall 16)
Olympia, Wash. (Century Capitol Mall 14)

Quite a Day!

It’s official: FIREPROOF is once again in the Top 10! It took most of the day Monday for it to become official (in contrast to the estimations you may have read in your Monday newspaper), but it was worth the wait!

For all three weekends since the film opened, FIREPROOF has finished in the Top 10. This week, 17 movies were showing on more screens than was FIREPROOF... but only three of them had a better per-screen average.

And if that wasn’t amazing enough, when the New York Times bestsellers’ lists came out earlier today, The Love Dare was No. 1 on the paperback advice list.

A top-ten movie three weeks running. A No. 1-bestseller.

Thank you. For seeing this movie. For taking friends to see this movie. For telling your family to go see this movie. For blogging about this movie. For challenging yourself to take the dare. For honoring God with your marriages.

Talk about exceedingly, abundantly ...

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Weekend Is Here: Time for a Movie!

Like every weekend throughout the year, you have lots of options when it comes to seeing a movie. Hundreds of movies will be released by Hollywood this year—big studios as well as small independent films.

Many even mock your beliefs … some subtly, some with much fanfare.

And then there’s FIREPROOF. If you haven’t seen it yet, make the time this weekend. If you’re wondering if it’s worth the time and money involved, take a look at what these folks say.

If you’re one of the approximately 2 million people that have already seen this movie: thanks!

You know the impact that this story of hope and renewal is having. Do you know someone in your neighborhood, at church, at work, at school, at home that needs to hear this message as well?

Invite them to go see FIREPROOF this weekend. Go with them. Or offer to watch their kids. While it’s still playing in nearly 900 theaters across the country, do whatever you can to get your friends to see FIREPROOF ... a movie that could make a difference in their lives.

After all, it’s not every weekend you can do that!

Quick Media Updates

As FIREPROOF begins its third week in theaters across the nation, the media is still intrigued by the story of a church making a movie that is impacting the box office ... and more importantly, impacted marriages!

As of this moment, FIREPROOF is the lead story on the CNN entertainment home page. It links to this story. In addition Kirk Cameron, who plays Caleb Holt, will be featured on the weekend edition of the syndicated entertainment program Extra. Check your local listings to find the program.

And in a 3-star review for the Roanoke Times & World News, Jeff DeBell writes:

“At just over two hours, Fireproof is a bit long as movies go. But a credible story about building good marriages -- and healing sick ones -- should be worth at least that much of anyone’s time.”

Internet Safety

“Be careful little eyes what you see.”

That Sunday school song is part of the Casting Crowns song “Slow Fade,” which can be heard in FIREPROOF.

One of the challenging subplots in the movie is Caleb’s parasite, as The Love Dare calls it. Caleb takes drastic measures to rid himself of his parasite. It appears to have inspired at least one moviegoer who commented on the Blog:

“I just wanted to testify that God has broken my addiction to pornography because of a scene in the movie, FIREPROOF. After watching Kirk Cameron destroy his computer rather than face temptation, I knew that’s what I had to do. I destroyed my laptop and threw it in the trash. Since then, I’ve felt freedom like never before! I had been addicted for over 20 years. Praise God!!”

Knowing addictions aren’t always cured so quickly, InternetSafety.com is offering a 30-percent discount on their Safe Eyes blocking software. Just use fireproof as your coupon code. It could make a world of difference in your home:

“The movie impacted our family in a very unusual way. After seeing it, our 14-year-old son confessed to us in tears that he had been battling an internet pornography addiction for over a year. … The movie moved him to action, and he is working with us to prevent this from happening again. Thank the Lord for using this tool to bring conviction to his heart.”

FIREPROOF addressed the main issues that my husband and I have been going through. I think this movie really showed him how it makes a wife feel to have to deal with those issues. I pray this movie really helps not only my marriage but all the other people who face the same type of issues in theirs.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October 17 Theaters

October 16 UPDATE: We now have exactly 100 theaters that will begin showing FIREPROOF on October 17. Here is the complete list (as of late October 15). You can get tickets online for most of these theaters.

Fairbanks, Alaska (Goldstream 16)
Casa Grande, Ariz. (Casa Grande 14)
Mesa, Ariz. (Cinemark 16)
Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Cinemark 10—Sierra Vista)
Tucson, Ariz. (Century Park 16 Theatre)
Monticello, Ark. (Hollywood Theatre)
Anderson, Cal. (Prime 11)
Antioch, Cal. (Deer Valley Stadium 16)
Auburn, Cal. (Auburn Stadium 10)
Calexico, Cal. (Calexico 10)
Campbell, Cal. (Plaza 4 Theatre)
Chico, Cal. (Tinseltown Movies 14—Chico)
Daly City, Cal. (Century 20 Daly City)
Dublin, Cal. (Hacienda Crossings 20)
El Centro, Cal. (Imperial Valley 14 Cinemas)
Milpitas, Cal. (Century 20 Great Mall)
Morgan Hill, Cal. (Tenant Station Stadium Cinemas)
Placerville, Cal. (Placerville 9)
Pleasant Hill, Cal. (Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill)
Rancho Mirage, Cal. (Century @ the River)
Redwood City, Cal. (Century 20 Redwood Downtown)
Salinas, Cal. (Maya Salinas 14 Cinemas)
San Diego, Cal. (Horton Plaza 14)
San Jose, Cal. (Almaden 5)
San Jose, Cal. (Century Capitol 16)
San Jose, Cal. (Oakridge 20)
San Leandro, Cal. (Century 16 Bayfair Mall)
Santa Barbara, Cal. (Plaza De Oro)
Union City, Cal. (Century 25—Union City)
Louisville, Colo. (Colony Square 12)
Parker, Colo. (Twenty Mile Stadium 10)
Gulf Breeze, Fla. (Breeze 8)
Pace, Fla. (Ridge Cinema 8)
Tampa, Fla. (University 16)
Dawsonville, Ga. (Dawsonville 400 Stadium)
Waycross, Ga. (Mall Cinema 7)
Hayden, Id. (Hayden Cinema 6)
Post Falls, Id. (River City 6)
Twin Falls, Id. (Twin Falls Cinema 12)
Batavia, Ill. (Randall 16)
Decatur, Ill. (Strand 10)
Galesburg, Ill. (Showplace 8)
Columbia City, Ind. (Bones Cinema 4)
Columbus, Ind. (Showplace 12)
Indianapolis, Ind. (College Park 14)
Marion, Ind. (Showplace 12)
Michigan City, Ind. (Showplace 14)
Muncie, Ind. (Showplace 7)
Vincennes, Ind. (Showplace 8)
Washington, Ind. (Indiana Theatre 2)
Council Bluffs, Iowa (Star Cinema—Council Bluffs 16)
Des Moines, Iowa (Southridge 12)
Dubuque, Iowa (Mindframe 6)
Dubuque, Iowa (Star Cinema 14)
Marshalltown, Iowa (Plaza Theatre)
Topeka, Kan. (Hollywood Theatre 14)
Falmouth, Maine (Falmouth 10 Cinemas)
Houlton, Maine (Temple Cinema)
Westbrook, Maine (Westbrook Cinemagic 16)
Annapolis, Md. (Annapolis Mall 11 Cinema)
Bryans Road, Md. (Indian Head Cinema 5)
Battle Creek, Mich. (West Columbia 7)
Alexandria, Minn. (Midway Mall 7 Cinemas)
Elk River, Minn. (Elk River 17)
Waite Park, Minn. (Parkwood 18)
Columbia, Miss. (Marion Twin)
Poplar Bluff, Mo. (Showplace 8)
Sikeston, Mo. (Malco Trio)
Kearney, Neb. (Kearney Cinema 8)
Mesquite, Nev. (Red Hills Cinema 8)
Forest Hills, N.Y. (Brandon Cinemas 2)
Chillicothe, Ohio (Chillicothe 10)
Sandusky, Ohio (Cinemark Movies 10)
Enid, Okla. (Oakwood 8)
Stillwater, Okla. (Carmike 10)
Tahlequah, Okla. (Green Country 6)
Bala Cynwyd, Penn. (Bala Theatre)
Cranberry, Penn. (Cranberry Mall 5)
Pittsburgh, Penn. (Showcase Pittsburgh West 12)
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Grand 14 @ Market Common)
Sumter, S.C. (Beacon 10)
Martin, Tenn. (Cine 6)
Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Tinseltown 14)
Tullahoma, Tenn. (Tullahoma Cinema 8)
Bryan, Tex. (Premiere 16)
Carthage, Tex. (Carthage Twin)
Cleburne, Tex. (Cinema 6—Cleburne)
El Paso, Tex. (Premiere 18)
Paris, Tex. (Movies 8)
Walla Walla, Wash. (Grand Cinemas)
Pasco, Wash. (Fairchild Cinema 12)
Ashwaubenon, Wisc. (Bay Park Cinemas 16)
Eau Claire, Wisc. (Oakwood Mall 12)
Fitchburg, Wisc. (Star Cinema 14)
Janesville, Wisc. (Movies 10)
La Crosse, Wisc. (Cinema 11)
La Crosse, Wisc. (Valley Square 6)
Shawano, Wisc. (Shawano)
Woodruff, Wisc. (Lakeland Cinemas)
Bridgeport, W.V. (Cinemark 10)

Comings and Goings (Part 2)

This Friday, October 10, FIREPROOF will open in 59 new theaters. If you live near any of these theaters, please plan to see the movie this weekend. (You can order your tickets here.) And if you have friends in these cities, be sure to let them know that FIREPROOF is playing there.

Enterprise, Ala. (College 3 Cinema)
Thomasville, Ala. (Thomasville Theatre)
Yuma, Ariz. (Yuma Palms 14)
Batesville, Ark. (Oaks 7)
Eureka, Calif. (Movies 6)
Monterey, Calif. (Cinemas @ Del Monte Center 13)
Fort Collins, Colo. (Cinemark 16—Fort Collins)
Lakewood, Colo. (Century 16 Belmar)
Pueblo, Colo. (Tinseltown Pueblo 14)
Dover, Del. (Carmike 14)
Brooksville, Fla. (Beacon Theatres 10)
New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (TMI Beacon Theatres)
Port Richey, Fla. (Hollywood 18—Port Richey)
Marietta, Ga. (Merchants Walk 8)
Vidalia, Ga. (Sweet Onion)
Coeur d'Alene, Id. (Riverstone Stadium 14)
Idaho Falls, Id. (Edwards Grand Teton Stadium 14)
Vernon Hills, Ill. (Rivertree Court Theatre)
Evansville, Ind. (Stadium 16)
Portage, Ind. (Portage 16)
Merriam, Kan. (Cinemark 20—Merriam)
Morgan City, La. (Fairview Cinema)
Benton Harbor, Mich. (Celebration Cinema 14)
Chillicothe, Mo. (B&B Grand 6)
St. Charles, Mo. (St. Charles 18)
Asheboro, N.C. (Randolph Cinema 7)
Burlington, N.C. (Carousel Cinemas—Alamance Crossing 16)
High Point, N.C. (Oak Hollow Mall 7)
Reno, Nev. (Century Summit Sierra 16)
Sparks, Nev. (Century 14—Sparks)
Espanola, N.M. (Trans-Lux Dream Catcher)
Binghamton, N.Y. (Binghamton Cinema 12)
New Hartford, N.Y. (Marquee Cinemas Orchard 14)
St. Clairsville, Ohio (Ohio Valley Mall 9)
Zanesville, Ohio (Cinemark 12)
Elk City, Okla. (Flix on 6)
Beaverton, Ore. (Century 16—Cedar Hills Crossing)
Bend, Ore. (Regal Old Mill 16)
Corvallis, Ore. (Ninth Street 4 Cinemas)
Portland, Ore. (Century Eastport 16)
Springfield, Ore. (Cinemark 17)
Sioux Falls, S.D. (Century Stadium 14)
Brownsville, Tex. (Cinemark 16)
Edinburg, Tex. (Carmike 20)
El Paso, Tex. (Carmike 16)
Granbury, Tex. (Driftwood Theatre 6)
Harlingen, Tex. (Cinemark 16)
McAllen, Tex. (Movies 17—McAllen)
Mission, Tex. (Tinseltown 17—Mission)
Provo, Utah (Cinemark 16—Provo)
Sandy, Utah (Megaplex 17@Jordan Commons)
Salt Lake City, Utah (Century 16)
South Jordan, Utah (Megaplex 20)
West Jordan, Utah (Cinemark 24—West Jordan)
Suffolk, Va. (Harbour View Grande 16)
Federal Way, Wash. (Century Sea Tac Mall 16)
Kennewick, Wash. (Carmike 12)
Olympia, Wash. (Century Capitol Mall 14)
Fairmont, W.V. (Tygart Valley 6)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

FIREPROOF Comings and Goings

This Friday, FIREPROOF is coming … and FIREPROOF is going. The movie will open in 48 new theaters this weekend (that list will be on both the Blog and in the next eBlast), but it is also closing in some theaters.

If you live near one of the 35 theaters listed below, you have tonight, Wednesday, and Thursday to see it on the big screen before it is replaced by a Hollywood offering. We hope you take advantage … and invite a friend or two to go to the movies with you!

Broadway (Eureka, Calif.)
Mann Glendale Exchange 10 (Glendale, Calif.)
Marina del Rey 6 (Marina del Rey, Calif.)
Monrovia Cinema 12 Krikorian (Monrovia, Calif.)
Terrace Cinema 6 (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Horton Plaza 14 (San Diego, Calif.)
South Gate 20 Cinema (South Gate, Calif.)
Fox 2 Theatre (Montrose, Colo.)
Palace 17 (Hartford, Conn.)
Gallery Place Stadium 14 (Washington, D.C.)
Aventura Mall 24 Theatres (Aventura, Fla.)
Atlantic Station Stadium 16 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Hollywood 24@ N. I-85 (Chamblee, Ga.)
North DeKalb 16 Theatres (Decatur, Ga.)
Grand Theatre (Fitzgerald, Ga.)
Glen 10 (Glenview, Ill.)
Showplace 8 (Vernon Hills, Ill.)
Showplace 12 Glendale Mall (Indianapolis, Ind.)
AMC Newport on the Levee 20 (Newport, Ky.)
Cinemark @ Hampshire Mall (Hadley, Mass.)
Showcase Cinemas Revere 20 (Revere, Mass.)
Phillips Place Stadium 10 (Charlotte, N.C.)
Boone Cinema 7 (Boone, N.C.)
Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas 14 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Jamaica Multiplex 15 (Jamaica, N.Y.)
New Roc City 18 (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
All Staten Island Stadium 16 (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas 14 (Valley Stream, N.Y.)
Cinema 6 (Honesdale, Penn.)
Riverview Plaza 17 (Philadelphia, Penn.)
69th Street (Upper Darby, Penn.)
Killeen Stadium 14 (Killeen, Tex.)
Beltonia Theatre (Belton, Tex.)
Potomac Yards 16 (Alexandria, Va.)
Courthouse 8 (Arlington, Va.)

A Theater Reports In

Both in the Stories section of FireprooftheMovie.com and here on the Blog, you have the opportunity to read some amazing tales of lives and marriages being impacted by FIREPROOF. Well, we have a different kind of story for you today.

Jon Durkovic, the manager of The Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald, Georgia wrote to tell us about how the movie is being received in his theater:
“Thank you for including The Grand Theatre in the list of theaters opening FIREPROOF September 26. We are having a good run with it and our community is seeing some changes. One night, there was an impromptu prayer meeting in the auditorium after the show to deal with some of the issues a couple was having. They started out renewed last night as they left the theatre.

“We have had 1,210 people see the film so far. Not bad for a small community in rural South Georgia! It has had an impact already in our town and I know we are just seeing the beginning of renewal.

“I know there have been hundreds of reports from people on how this film has affected their lives. I had not read any from the theatre staff, though. I just wanted to say thanks again for including us.

“Congratulations to all for the success of the film, but mostly, thank you for the successes it is causing in our country.”

Thanks Jon!

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Dozen Good Reasons to See FIREPROOF

We are delayed in sharing this, but our friends at ChristianBook.com recently let their customers know 12 reasons why they recommend FIREPROOF:
  1. We believe in the mission of the producers, who are trying to influence the culture positively from a Christian perspective through mainstream media.
  2. Fireproof reaffirms the sacred institution of marriage in a culture plagued by divorce.
  3. The movie strongly advocates faith, family, and Christian values.
  4. It dramatically displays the power of forgiveness.
  5. The film is a product of Sherwood Pictures, a media ministry that grew out of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, whose goal is to reach the world for Christ.
  6. Fireproof presents God as the source of unconditional love.
  7. You can take the same 40-day challenge as Caleb does in Fireproof with The Love Dare.
  8. The profits from Sherwood's last film, Facing the Giants, were used to build a sports complex to serve the needs of youth in Albany, Georgia, and to show them the love of Christ in community.
  9. No matter where your marriage is, you can relate to the real-life struggles portrayed in this film.
  10. Fireproof reminds us that no situation is too desperate for God to redeem—that with God, all things are possible.
  11. Filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick credit this film, and its focus on marriage, as being not just a good idea, but a God idea.
  12. Any movie that has in its credits a "prayer coordinator," you should see.
This is a great list ... which of these 12 factors jumps out at you as being the best reason?

Playing Well in the Big City

The New York Times has long been referred to as that nation’s paper of record. A week after a fairly positive review of FIREPROOF ran in the Times, there is now record of the paper writing an equally positive feature story about Sherwood Pictures and the success of both the movie and The Love Dare.

Entitled “It’s a Healthy Marriage of Faith and Filmmaking,” the article quotes executive producer Michael Catt along with Alex Kendrick, the director and co-writer of the film, and Kirk Cameron, the lead actor. The story includes this paragraph:

“For Mr. Kendrick, there is only one explanation for the successes of ‘Fireproof’ and ‘The Love Dare.’ ‘We’re not trained and smart enough to make successful movies and write best-selling books,’ he said. ‘The only way that this could happen is if after we prayed, God really answered those prayers.’”

Let us know what you think of the article after you have read it.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hello to Hollywood

Last night, FIREPROOF was highlighted on the ABC evening news. We are still looking to get a copy of that report to include on the blog. For now, you can read this story on the ABC News website.

While FIREPROOF has garnered a lot of attention, many in the movie industry think it was a one-weekend wonder. With an anti-Christian (in fact anti-any-faith) movie opening this weekend, many are thinking the audience for that type of film is as big (if not bigger) than the audience for FIREPROOF.

We hope you will strongly encourage anyone you know that would enjoy this movie or benefit from its message to see FIREPROOF this weekend ... and you could join them! Perhaps then, Hollywood will hear you a little bit more clearly!

See you at the movies!

More “Waiting”

John Waller’s song, “While I’m Waiting” plays a central role in FIREPROOF. This wonderful song fits perfectly with the heart of the movie and, as you watch it again below, you see that it also fits perfectly with the story of the film.

John recently posted his thoughts about the “marriage” of his song and the movie on his website:

Along with millions of others, I am truly amazed how God is using Fireproof to heal and strengthen marriages, and also to 'shame the wise" in Hollywood with mind-boggling results at the box office during opening weekend. I am so humbled that "While I'm Waiting" was not only used in its entirety in the film, but is also making a huge impact on people's lives who resonate with its message of hope in the midst of a painful wait. Please encourage as many as possible to go see this wonderful movie and may this song bless and encourage you!

As with the other songs in the movie, “While I’m Waiting” is available as part of a special FIREPROOF iMix download on iTunes. It can also be purchased at your local Christian store as part of John’s album, The Blessing. You can also download the album or the single on iTunes.

Friday, October 3, 2008

A Kiss of Intrigue

We just posted a new FAQ in the About section at FireprooftheMovie.com. Seems like a lot of people missed what Kirk Cameron had to say about the big kissing scene when he was doing media appearances before the opening of FIREPROOF.

As the FAQ answer says in part: Sherwood Pictures has upheld this standard in all their movies: actors and actresses should guard their own marriages while on screen the same way they would do in real life. ... Kirk also has long held to a principle that he would kiss no woman other than (his wife) Chelsea. He was able to honor his marriage while making a movie that inspires others to do the same.

You can find out more by reading this story or watching a segment featuring Kirk on NBC’s Today Show. Let us know what you think!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New Theaters for FIREPROOF

As Friday dawns, FIREPROOF will playing in 21 new theaters. Here are the towns where those theaters are located.
Allentown, Pa.
Franklin, Ohio
Kansas City, Mo.
Springfield, Mo.
Lithonia, Ga.
Carrollton, Ga.
Griffin, Ga.
Fort Benning, Ga.
Thomaston, Ga.
Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Anderson, S.C.
Aiken, S.C.
Miami Lakes, Fla.
Orlando, Fla.
Winterhaven, Fla.
Baton Rouge, La.
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Westminster, Calif.
Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Flagstaff, Az.
Burlington, Wash.

Then, come October 10, another seven theaters will add it before we have a major expansion to 300 theaters on October 17. Here are the towns for next Friday:
Fairmont, W.V.
Thomasville, Ala.
Asheboro, N.C.
Salt Lake City, Utah
South Jordan, Utah
West Jordan, Utah
Sandy, Utah

Do you live in or near one of these cities? What are you plans for seeing FIREPROOF?

We Are Back!

After a bit of delay caused by an unexpected removal from Blog world, followed by an overwhelming amount of follow-up to an amazing opening weekend (thanks to all of you!), the FIREPROOF Blog has returned!

Now that the applause has faded, it is good to be back. We will try to get caught up on posts and comments over the course of the weekend (and speaking of weekends, that is a great time to take a friend or a couple with you to see FIREPROOF).

For now, we have been amazed, touched, and overwhelmed by the stories you have shared on FireprooftheMovie.com. One thing that would be great as we get caught up is if you have blogged about FIREPROOF since it opened, post a link in the comments area. It will be great to read.

Again, thanks for all you have done and continue to do to help FIREPROOF make an impact on marriages across the country!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Coming Together as One

In the opening two verses of Philippians 2, we read Paul encouraging the church with these words:
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”

We’re pretty sure (okay, we’re certain) that Paul wasn’t referencing movies when he wrote these words. But if you want an example of people being “like-minded … being one in spirit and purpose,” all you needed to do was be at a movie theater yesterday that was showing FIREPROOF. People from every kind of church, large and small, were in the seats ... lots of seats!

Playing on 839 screens, FIREPROOF was the No. 3 movie in the nation on Friday! Read that again: the No. 3 movie in America! To put that in perspective … well, you can’t. Okay, we’ll try. Movies 4-8 on the list were on between 2,300 screens and 3,000 screens. Each.

You have flabbergasted Hollywood for a day. Thank you!

Now who’s up for doing it again today and tomorrow?

If you haven’t seen FIREPROOF yet, please make a concerted effort to go between now and Sunday night. If you saw it yesterday, think who you know that needs to see it this weekend ... and take them with you.

Let’s continue to be one in purpose for building strong marriages ... and making an impact on Hollywood this weekend.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Welcome to Opening Day!

Did you notice? No more countdown clock on FireprooftheMovie.com.

It is here! FIREPROOF is opening in 839 theaters nationwide today!

USA Today has a story about the movie ... and soon, you may as well. Let us know ...
  • Are you going to see the movie today?
  • Where are you seeing it?
  • What are you most excited about?
So relax ... take off that tie. Get some popcorn and let’s go grab some seats to see FIREPROOF ... on Opening Day!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Countdown Wind Down

While most of us have to wait a few more hours before we can see FIREPROOF, it is actually playing right now on eight screens in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Action Squad efforts there were highlighted in a recent eBlast. A quick recap: Forever Families helped lead the effort to purchase 2,000 tickets! To ensure there would be seats for moviegoers on Friday, they took over a local theater this evening.

Here is what it looked like outside the theater. Way to go Knoxville!

Action in Mississippi

An Action Squad, led by Mt. Manna Baptist Church, is how Senatobia, Mississippi will be seeing FIREPROOF when it opens this weekend. Senatobia is one of 98 communities that rallied together to commit to purchasing at least 1,000 tickets so that FIREPROOF could open in their towns.

Despite locking in their theater only last week, Pastor Jay Thomason says they have already sold more than 1,150 tickets. He tells us that he is grateful that this movie will help his and other churches reach more than a thousand people in their community.

We are grateful for leaders like Pastor Jay that see the impact that this movie can have on marriages all across the country!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ticket Booth

Lora Rice of First Baptist Church in Greenwood, Arkansas filled us in on what her church is doing with FIREPROOF.

“We were able to reserve the theater for a Thursday night sneak peel. We have sold all 302 seats in the auditorium. We had a ticket booth, which we placed in the church lobby.

“Free childcare is being offered and we are expecting 82 children. We handed out the 10 Great Dates questions along with tickets. Our next three Sundays (sermons and Bible studies) are going to be based on the movie, using movie clips and teaching aids.”

Mentoring Matters

We heard from Dewey Wilson, the president of Marriage Mentors in Texas. Marriage Mentors is one of the scores of ministries with helpful tools and resources available on FireproofmyMarriage.com.

“Two weeks ago we purchased 100 tickets for a Friday show time, as well as the complete 571-seat auditorium for the Saturday evening show time. Our intent is to introduce folks to FIREPROOF, along with the follow-up material, and introduce them to Marriage Mentors. As of this morning, we are completely out of tickets.
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“We are excited about this weekend. We plan to continue doing what we can to help couples discover the real answer for their issues and how to live in a Christ-centered marriage.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More Listening and Viewing Opportunties

Lots to listen to and watch when it comes to FIREPROOF on Wednesday and the rest of the week. Hope you have lots of time available!

FamilyLife Today starts a three-day series of interviews with Alex and Stephen Kendrick on the program. The overall interview series is entitled “Making Movies for God.” Wednesday’s broadcast is called “Lights! Cameras! Action!” Thursday’s program is “Never Leave Your Partner Behind?” and Friday’s is called “Entertainment with a Purpose.” Be sure to listen as Alex and Stephen join Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine on the programs.

HomeWord also has three programs about FIREPROOF this week. On Wednesday and Thursday, Kirk Cameron joins host Dr. Jim Burns for two programs called “Trading Hollywood Glory for Eternal Riches.” The Kendrick Brothers are the guests Friday for “Making Your Marriage Fireproof.” Find a HomeWord station near you.

But wait ... that’s not all! Kirk Cameron will be on a pair of morning TV shows on Wednesday. He joins Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel at 9:05 a.m. EDT and then the syndicated Morning Show with Mike and Juliet at 9:40 a.m. EDT.

And after you have listened to and watched all of these on Wednesday, you can catch “The Making of FIREPROOF,” a behind-the-scenes special, on Daystar Thursday at 9 a.m.