Three weeks from today Providence movie will release to select AMC theaters across the country. One of those is the AMC Empire 25 located at Times Square. On opening night several of the actors will be in attendance there, including lead actor Rich Swingle. Here’s his inspiring story of how that night will be an answer to a prayer that was first prayed eight years ago.
When Joyce and I first moved to Midtown Manhattan in 2008 I was coming down this escalator the first time we saw a movie at the AMC Empire 25, and I said a prayer that one day I’d be coming down the same escalators having seen a film in which I’d performed. Maybe I was prompted to pray that night because I had been at the opening of the theatre in 1997. The 25 screens were attached to the Empire Theatre, which was moved 168 feet westward to make way for the screens, shops and restaurants! The 3,700 ton structure was pulled by two giants. LOL! You can see what I mean and a number of fascinating features from the original theatre, which now makes up the lobby of the megaplex here. The grand opening was really something and had a major impact on me.
At any rate, that prayer I said on the escalator two years before I’d even been in a feature film was answered tonight — on Joyce and my 226th monthaversary — in a small way. We saw the trailer for Providence, in which I play one of the lead roles. It’s playing in select AMC Theatres starting February 12, but if you’re not near one of those you can watch the trailer below. The 4K footage looked stunning on the big screen. So, the greater answer to that prayer will be fulfilled 21 days from now when Providence opens in this architectural wonder.
This article originally appeared on Rich Swingle’s website. Rich is a professional actor who travels around the world doing his one man shows. He’s been in 19 feature films in the past six years. Read more about Rich’s acting journey.