Pastor needs locals’ help to bring ‘War Room’ here

Published 12:01 am Friday, July 10, 2015

Karen Abercrombie plays Miss Clara in “War Room.” | Photo courtesy of

Karen Abercrombie plays Miss Clara in “War Room.”
| Photo courtesy of

The newest Christian film is set to hit theaters on Aug. 28, but it won’t be coming to Andalusia – at least not without the help of the local community.

“War Room,” the highly-anticipated fifth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the makers of “Fireproof,” “Courageous,” “Facing the Giants” and “Flywheel,” will debut in theaters in late August.

However, the film can’t come to Andalusia without pre-selling 750 tickets for opening weekend.

Red Oak Baptist Church Pastor Mark Perry is spearheading bringing the movie here.

“I have to sell 750 tickets to get them here,” he said. “I would hope local churches would purchase them for their congregations to come see the movie at one time.”

Perry said he wants believers and non-believers to see the movie.

“It’s important for believers to support Christian films,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons for doing this. Also, I know I would travel to Dothan or Montgomery to see this movie, but there are people who won’t or people who aren’t able and I want them to have the opportunity.”

The movie is described as a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships and every other area of people’s lives.

The plot centers on Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a married couple, who from the outside appear they have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter and a dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Their marriage is failing. A new client challenges Elizabeth to use a war room, but will it change their life?

Perry said he’s sold 200 tickets so far, but still has a long way to go to meet the July 24 deadline.

“I have a deadline to let Sony Pictures know,” he said. “So I need to know by July 24.”

Perry said if he can sell 200 tickets for Wed., Aug. 26, there will be a pre-screening.

If he can sell 200 tickets, there can be showings on Aug. 27.

Opening weekend, the times will be Friday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. All showings will be at the Clark Theatre.

“The dog’s late in the hunt, I know, but I’m trying to get it,” he said. “I have to pre-sell the tickets to even get it. If I don’t have 750 sold by the deadline, we can’t get it.”

Perry said money is going through the Covington Baptist Association, but said those interested in purchasing tickets should call him at 488-1129 or text him or email him at

Ticket cost is $8.50.