The answer is: It’s happening.
But projects like that take time.
Lots of money.
There’s a way Metropolis residents and Superman Celebration attendees can contribute — by either donating items for or purchasing items from the annual Super Auction.
Held on the Saturday of the Superman Celebration — this year it will be June 14 — the auction has been a part of the event for at least 25 years.
This year, the auction will be run by the Celebration committee through the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce benefiting Save The Massac (STM), which will receive 100 percent of the auction’s proceeds. The evening, which will be hosted by the chamber, will also include food, drink and a DJ.
With the change in auction organizers, the auction will also undergo a format change. “We’re not going to take people’s items to auction for them. We’ll have raffles and auctions for items that are donated to Save The Massac,”said STM coordinator Lisa Gower.
Items from celebrities started arriving last week, including one from Gene LeBell, who portrayed Mr. Kryptonite on The Adventures of Superman with Noel Neill and George Reeve. He was Reeve’s trainer and lived across from him. There’s also a autographed drumhead from the band Umphry’s McGee.
“Superman fans have a variety of interests, so we’re looking for anything that’s considered collectible or memorabilia,” Gower said.
STM formed in 2009 with the goal of resurrecting and preserving the Massac Theater, which was built in the 1930s and was open from 1938 to 1978. The goal is to preserve the theater by turning it into rentable office space, public restrooms and a theater featuring a working stage and a movie screen. It is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
The organization became the owners of the building in May 2013. Gower noted that other fundraisers are forthcoming to pay for repairs and the purchase cost.
“We have three more payments to go and are half way there (to make the purchase complete),” she said. “We’re ready to start work.”
For more information on donating items for the auction, contact Gower at 524-7986 or 638-2139.