Fla. Church Burns Porn Found At Drive-In

Old film cannisters and hand holding a match CBS / iStock Photo

Members of a Jacksonville church gathered to burn at least 100 reels of X-rated movies from the '70s and '80s that were discovered recently when the church bought an old drive-in theater.

The 300-member congregation of Christ Church Anglican held a special service Sunday afternoon, which included a ceremonial burning and a "holy hose-down" with water from a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue truck blessed by the priest.

Christ Church purchased the 13-acre Playtime Drive-In for $1.4 million after the 60-year-old theater closed in May.

The church closed on the deal a few weeks ago and discovered the porn stash among piles of rusted film cans when they began cleaning up.

Some films were hidden in walls and above the concession stand, as reported by the Jacksonville Times-Union.

The outdoor screen unspooled pornography in the 1970s and '80s before changing to mainstream fare in the '90s.

The Rev. Mark Eldredge said the church plans to show family movies to the public after some repairs are done.
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