Preservation group seeks to help Massac Theater
Written by Staff report
Wednesday, April 21 2010
METROPOLIS, Ill. — The derelict Massac Theater with its Art Deco facade — and largely absent roof — has made Landmark Illinois’ annual “Ten Most Endangered Historic Places” list.
Jim Peters, spokesman for Landmark Illinois, a nonprofit group seeking to preserve historic sites statewide, noted that the 1938-era theater needs economic help to save it from demolition.
The city of Metropolis, which owns the theater through condemnation purchase, recently partnered with the local preservation-intent group Save the Massac Theater to split the cost of a $15,780 feasibility study on the structure.
The study, by White & Borgognoni Architects of Carbondale, is expected to be a required prerequisite to either the Save the Massac Theater committee seeking grant money to repair and restore the building or the city to demolish it. The future of the theater apparently hinges on the findings of feasibility study.