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Advance ticket sales brisk

Film fans and the faithful bought hundreds of advance tickets Tuesday to today's showings of "The Passion of the Christ" in Fargo. Tickets went on sale at 3:30 p.m. at West Acres 14, which is dedicating two screens to the controversial film depic...

Film fans and the faithful bought hundreds of advance tickets Tuesday to today's showings of "The Passion of the Christ" in Fargo.

Tickets went on sale at 3:30 p.m. at West Acres 14, which is dedicating two screens to the controversial film depicting the last 12 hours of Christ's life.

Within the first hour of sales, the theater sold 604 of the 1,375 tickets available for Wednesday's five showings. Another 115 tickets were sold by 8 p.m.

Dana Harris, West Acres 14 assistant manager, said the theater fielded more ticket inquiries for "The Passion" than seen in other major recent releases such as "Lord of the Rings" and "Spiderman." Some of that might be because of the theater's unprecedented selling of advance-day tickets, he said.

Harris said with all the phone calls the theater received in the recent week, he thought there would be more tickets sold once they became available Tuesday afternoon.

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"I think the people who have been into the film have been able to get the tickets they want," he said.

Eric Benson of Fargo bought one ticket for today's 4:40 p.m. showing. "I'm a big movie fan. Usually, the more controversial, the better," he said, adding he's been looking forward to the film since he heard actor and director Mel Gibson was working on it.

Adrian Welle, a freshman at Minnesota State University Moorhead, said Ash Wednesday is the perfect time to watch a movie about the crucifixion of Christ. In preparation, he started reading the four Gospels' accounts of Jesus's life and death.

"Critics say you'll look at your faith differently," Welle said. "I'm looking forward to that."

Welle and friend Kyle Weisbrich together bought seven tickets to one of Wednesday's showings.

Harris said one of the reasons the theater decided to sell advance tickets to "The Passion" was so large groups wouldn't have to stand in line today.

One person Tuesday bought 78 tickets for a church youth group, Harris said. A few customers were waiting to buy tickets when he arrived at the theater at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Erin Hemme Froslie at (701) 241-5534

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