Massac Theatre gains unexpected seating
by Terra Temple
Dec 05, 2012 | 1738 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Seating was the unexpected next step in the renovations of the Massac Theatre. Owner Larry Ward, left, with assistance from Joshua Dycus, center, and Taylon Gower moved the seats into the building in mid-November.  Dating to the theater’s late 1930s’ beginnings, the seats were last used in a Presbyterian church.                                                                  — Planet photo by Terra Temple
Seating was the unexpected next step in the renovations of the Massac Theatre. Owner Larry Ward, left, with assistance from Joshua Dycus, center, and Taylon Gower moved the seats into the building in mid-November. Dating to the theater’s late 1930s’ beginnings, the seats were last used in a Presbyterian church. — Planet photo by Terra Temple
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When it came to the next step of renovating the Massac Theatre, seating was the last thing Larry Ward expected to do. But when opportunity knocked, Ward took advantage.

Ward, the manager of Adventures of Superman actress Noel Neill, became the owner of the 74-year-old building in January. His goal is to preserve the theater by turning it into something the entire community can enjoy by giving it three primary functions: rentable office space, public restrooms and a theater featuring a working stage and a movie screen.

Ward’s first step in the renovation was cleaning the theater of trees and debris. Shortly afterwards, a new roof was placed on the building.

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