Luther movie premieres

Moviegoers watch the new full-length feature film “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World” during its Feb. 13 premiere in Milwaukee. Funded by Thrivent Financial, the film brings to life the dramatic moments that shaped Luther. It is available for screenings nationwide.

Between Feb. 12-19 — in Houston, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Fort Wayne — more than 1,500 moviegoers sold out theaters for premiere showings of “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World,” the new, full-length feature film about the famous reformer.

Funded by a grant from Thrivent Financial, the film brings to life the dramatic moments that shaped Luther and examines the universal questions he wrestled with, like “Who am I?” “What is my purpose?” and “How do I get right with God?”

In St. Louis on Feb. 13, Concordia Seminary, the Synod and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Des Peres, collaborated to create a big event, selling out two theaters in the same complex and providing theatergoers with a commemorative booklet and a post-screening Q&A session with LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison and the Rev. Dr. Erik Herrmann of the seminary’s faculty. Herrmann served as the historical adviser for the production.

Attendees laughed out loud at lighthearted moments, focused on the dramatic scenes and on-camera commentary, and applauded at the conclusion of the movie.

The film’s producer, Mike Trinklein, attended the Wisconsin premiere Feb. 13.

“We had a terrific showing here in Milwaukee last night,” Trinklein said the next day. “I am hearing great reports from around the country. Seeing the story play out on the big screen really is transformative. I’ve seen it a zillion times, but watching it on the big screen — with a group — added a whole new dimension.”

Any LCMS congregation or organization is invited to host a screening at a movie theater in their community. That provides an excellent way to reach out to neighbors in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Thanks to a special distribution arrangement, there is no cost to set up a screening, and the process is simple. More than 100 congregations have already done so, with more being added each week. To learn more about this opportunity, visit

The website provides resources for publicizing the film in your congregation and community.

Learn how to host screening Download promotional poster Watch the trailer

Posted February 23, 2017

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6 Responses to Luther movie premieres

  1. Jean Gandrud February 24, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

    Where and when is the movie being shown in the Racine, Wisconsin area? Also, where are tickets available and what is the cost?

    • LCMS Church Information Center February 27, 2017 at 8:28 am #

      Thank you for your comment. You’ll find information about where the movie is being shown when you click on the map at Contact the church hosting the movie for ticket information.

  2. Sandy March 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm # is the web site given from my church ( St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran church, Chicago Heights, Il 60411), to be shown at Marcus Theater in Chicago Heights, Il on April 27, but it doesn’t show up a site when I Google or Bing search. Trying to buy tickets and get good seats. Any help on the web site given??

    • LCMS Church Information Center March 6, 2017 at 8:24 am #

      Thank you for your comment. Please call (262) 558-8437 for help with this.

  3. April 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    Ev. Trinity Lutheran Church of Clinton, Massachusetts (Central MA) is showing this film on Sunday, June 4th, at 2pm. The Theater offers food and beverages and opens at 1pm for refreshments.

    We are not using Tugg, but you can reserve a ticket (limited number available) by sending email to:

    Or send a check for $5 per ticket (16 and older) to:

    Luther Film c/o ETLC
    125 Chace St.
    Clinton MA 01510

    Thank you!

  4. April 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Tinley Park, IL is having a free showing of the movie Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th. There will be refreshments and fellowship to follow. The link below is for the event on our Facebook page:
    Please join us!

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