THE St. Louis-area opening of "Priest," originally scheduled for this week at the Hi-Pointe Theater, probably will be delayed for several weeks. "Priest" is tentatively set to be among the films that will reopen the renovated Tivoli in University City's Delmar Loop.
The lengthy renovation of the Tivoli is expected to be finished by the second or third week in May.
George James, owner of the Hi-Pointe, said he had decided not to open "Priest" at the Hi-Pointe, at 1001 McCausland Avenue in Richmond Heights, because "we just don't want the hassle. We are centrally located in a very Catholic area, and we have a lot of older patrons we don't want to bother."
Joe Edwards, owner of the Tivoli, said he would be "delighted" to show "Priest" at his theater, which traditionally has offered more controversial art-house fare than the Hi-Pointe. The James family has a minority owership in the Tivoli, and Ernie James, son of the Hi-Pointe owner, will manage the theater.
"Priest," which has been attacked by some Catholic groups for its portrayal of the sexuality of two priests, opened in New York and Los Angeles late last month and is now playing in at least two dozen cities nationwide.
Asked if the Archdiocese of St. Louis had any comment on the release here of "Priest," an archdiocese spokesman passed on an official statement from the United States Catholic Conference, which is made up of bishops from across the country, including this area. …