Stars come out for dedication of Scientology's 'Super Power' building in Clearwater
Date: November 17, 2013
Actors Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston joined a smaller than expected crowd of Scientologists on Sunday to dedicate what the church calls its most important project ever, its massive Flag Building.
Church leader David Miscavige presided in a ceremony that lasted just eight minutes and was marked by a burst of confetti that rained down like golden tickets. His remarks couldn't be understood outside the church's perimeter.
Miscavige then led the first group through the front doors of the building, where Scientology's much-anticipated "Super Power" program will be presented for the first time. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard developed it in the 1970s, but the church did not unveil it until a proper venue could be built.
Hubbard said Super Power would allow Scientologists to develop special abilities and "create a new world."
The church had told city officials to expect a crowd of 10,000. Far fewer than that gathered, forming a horseshoe around the main entry. Clearwater police could provide no attendance estimate because the crowd was somewhat scattered. But the number may have been lower than the 6,000 who turned out for the Flag Building's groundbreaking in 1998.