The Shelter Church that purchased the former Chakeres Kettering Cinema at 1441 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering will open with a movie-theater-themed “premiere night” complete with red carpet treatment on Saturday night, Nov. 2.
“We realize how many people in the community have fond memories of the cinema,” said Mark Peebles, creative arts pastor for Shelter Church. “We want the community to be able to come in and see what we’ve done.”
Shelter Church bought the cinema building — which was also formerly known as the Fox Kettering theater — in December 2012, and has spent the last several months completing extensive renovations that included leveling the sloping floor, removing the concession stand and replacing electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, Peebles said. The cinema, which included two separate theaters and movie screens, transformed one theater into a church sanctuary, and the other into classrooms and other facilities geared toward children.
Saturday’s “premiere night” events will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature tours of the building, bounce houses for children and popcorn. Shelter Church will hold its first worship service at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. A church news release promised a casual, energetic and uplifting atmosphere.
Head Pastor Ryan Riddell said Shelter Church wants “to create an environment where people who are not familiar with church, or who have been out of church for a time, feel welcome, are accepted and offered an opportunity to experience all that God has for them.”
Shelter Church was started by Riddell more than 10 years ago as a ministry of West Carrollton Church of the Nazarene. In 2004, it moved to 1541 John Glenn Road in Dayton, where it has outgrown its facility. The church has about 150 members, Peebles said.