This Springboro man helped produce ‘I Can Only Imagine’ — and here’s how you can join him in the opening celebration

It seems the Dayton-area film community has been getting its share of attention lately.

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To add to the Gem City's growing list of accomplishments in film, Joe Knopp of Springboro worked as a producer on a film opening in theaters this week — "I Can Only Imagine" starring Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins and Cloris Leachman.

Currently trending No. 1 in early ticket sales on Fandango, an American movie ticket-sales company, "I Can Only Imagine" opens nationwide this week on more than 1,600 screens. >> Search for local movie times here

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The film follows the life of Bart Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, who loses his father to cancer and inspires him to write the mega-hit song, "I Can Only Imagine."

Credit: Joe Knopp

Credit: Joe Knopp

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A meet-and-greet release party for Knopp at The Greene’s Rave Cinema movie theater lobby is happening before the 7 p.m. release of the film on Thursday, March 15. The producer will be available for photo-ops and autographs from 6 p.m.- 6:45 p.m. Rachel Ennis, Knopp’s manager, said he will also be around to meet fans after the 2-hour movie is over as well.

“I’m incredibly proud to be a producer on ‘I Can Only Imagine,’” Knopp said in a press release. “So many people know and love the song — but few know the powerful story of pain and redemption behind it. This is the type of film that I believe will get people talking — not just the buzz movies create, but really get us talking about forgiveness and relationships in our own lives.”

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Tickets for the first screening are selling fast. In case tickets for the 7 p.m. show do sell out, Ennis said Rave’s manager plans to open a second screen in the theater to accommodate.


WHAT: "I Can Only Imagine" Release Party

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15

WHERE: Rave Cinema, 4489 Glengarry Drive, Beavercreek

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