A CHURCH is taking over part of a Huddersfield cinema for an evening.

People who attend Huddersfield Christian Fellowship and their invited guests have booked screen six at the UCI cinema for a showing of controversial film The Passion Of The Christ on Thursday, April 8.

Andrew Kisumba, creative co-ordinator at the church, which meets at Harvest House in St John's Road, said the aim was to get people who didn't normally go to church to go along and comment afterwards.

Screen six seats 295 people.

"The film has had a lot of Press coverage and criticism. We wanted people to see the film for themselves and make up their own minds," said Mr Kisumba.

The film, which focuses on Jesus Christ's crucifixion, has been directed by Hollywood film star Mel Gibson.

It has been criticised for being anti-Semitic and violent.

Mr Kisumba said the idea to book the cinema had come from one of the church elders, Glen Roberts.

The film will be preceded by a short introduction by church members and there will be an opportunity for discussion afterwards.