BAXTER SPRINGS - One of the biggest concerns in the film industry today is whether there is a lasting desire to see a feature film at a theater, versus the comfort of home with the numerous streaming and downloading options available to consumers. If Baxter Springs is any indication, movies on the big screen are here to stay!

Last weekend the historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Baxter Springs screened it's first films since 1956, in a pair of family films. This weekend they will screening the box office smash hit, 'I Can Only Imagine'.

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song of the same name, 'I Can Only Imagine' is a story of hope and a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

About The Movie

"Surrounded by Your glory

What will my heart feel

Will I dance for you Jesus

Or in awe of You be still

Will I stand in your presence

Or to my knees will I fall

Will I sing hallelujah

Will I be able to speak at all

I can only imagine

I can only imagine"

It’s a song that brings ultimate hope to so many, often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms' Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.


'I Can Only Imagine' will play at The Ritz at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.