Threatened: Metropolis, IL – Massac Theater

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.

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  1. William P. Kreml

    I hope that you save the Massac, and then do something with the office building next door, thus leaving a true downtown area of six principal buildings. The Post Office is a significant building, as is the bank across the street and, of course, City Hall and the County Building. Keep me informed about the Massac Restoration. I could be talked into another small check. More importantly, I will revisit Metropolis where I own property on County Road One and love Farley’s. Prof. William P. Kreml / Dept. of Political Science / DePaul Univ. Chicago.

  2. William P. Kreml

    I hope that you save the Massac, and then do something with the office building next door, thus leaving a true downtown area of six principal buildings. The Post Office is a significant building, as is the bank across the street and, of course, City Hall and the County Building. Keep me informed about the Massac Restoration. I could be talked into another small check. More importantly, I will revisit Metropolis where I own property on County Road One and love Farley’s. Prof. William P. Kreml / Dept. of Political Science / DePaul Univ. Chicago.

  3. Kelly J. Barnett

    I truly hope they save the theater! Both of my sisters and I used to work there when we were growing up—actually, I believe just about every teenager in Metropolis probably worked there at one time or another when it was still in operation. The owner/manager Eddie Clark was like a grandfather to many of us who worked for him. I believe it would make his spirit happy if the business were to be restored.

  4. Kelly J. Barnett

    I truly hope they save the theater! Both of my sisters and I used to work there when we were growing up—actually, I believe just about every teenager in Metropolis probably worked there at one time or another when it was still in operation. The owner/manager Eddie Clark was like a grandfather to many of us who worked for him. I believe it would make his spirit happy if the business were to be restored.

  5. Prof. William P. Kreml

    Delighted to hear that Mr. Ward has taken responsibility for the building. All the wonderful work that was done with the Lois Lane statue, and I now have a picture of my wife standing next to Lois, has paid off, Mr. Ward being Noel Neill’s agent as I understand it. Keep up the good work on the revived Massac.

    Prof. William P. Kreml/ Dept. of Political Science/ DePaul University, Chicago.

  6. Prof. William P. Kreml

    Delighted to hear that Mr. Ward has taken responsibility for the building. All the wonderful work that was done with the Lois Lane statue, and I now have a picture of my wife standing next to Lois, has paid off, Mr. Ward being Noel Neill’s agent as I understand it. Keep up the good work on the revived Massac.

    Prof. William P. Kreml/ Dept. of Political Science/ DePaul University, Chicago.

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