Well, at least in Burlington. Making up the showtimes, I happened to notice that Merrill's Roxy Cinemas is going to start showing Fireproof, a Christian-themed, Kirk-Cameron-starring drama that has already grossed over $26 million, pretty amazing given its niche market and $500K budget.
I wondered when this tale of a fireman who has to overcome his addiction to Internet porn and learn to respect his wife — Promise Keeper style — would make it to the liberal-secularist wasteland of our state, or if it ever would. (It was released back in September.) But I never dreamed it would show at the same theater as Religulous, Bill Maher's highly irreverent take on the whole phenomenon of theism. Roxy owner Merrill Jarvis III has already shown a taste for controversy — he programmed the conservative doc Expelled and the Michael Moore satire An American Carol alongside the Roxy's usual, more left-slanting arthouse fare. The Roxy and Montpelier's Capitol are the only theaters showing Fireproof in north-central Vermont.
Whether churches and individuals will buy enough tickets to make Kirk's Christian opus a hit in B'ton is anyone's guess. Here's an amusing — if no doubt godless and biased — review.