STM gains ownership of theater
by Terra Temple
May 15, 2013 | 1080 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several members of the Save The Massac committee gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial passing of the building’s key. The committee purchased the building from Larry Ward in April. Pictured are, from left, Bonnie Lillie, Deneal Bullock, Karla Ogle, Glenda Sullivan, Tish Lewis, Ward, coordinator Lisa Gower, Denese R. Peebles, Patti Monday and Evelyn Turner. Those not pictured include treasurer Randy Rushing, Rozanne Wilkins and Bruce and Paula Cummins.
— Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
Several members of the Save The Massac committee gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial passing of the building’s key. The committee purchased the building from Larry Ward in April. Pictured are, from left, Bonnie Lillie, Deneal Bullock, Karla Ogle, Glenda Sullivan, Tish Lewis, Ward, coordinator Lisa Gower, Denese R. Peebles, Patti Monday and Evelyn Turner. Those not pictured include treasurer Randy Rushing, Rozanne Wilkins and Bruce and Paula Cummins. — Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
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It was May 14, 2009, when a group of concerned citizens came together to save the Massac Theatre.

Exactly four years later, several from that night who went on to form the Save The Massac (STM) committee gathered Tuesday in front of the theater for a ceremonial key passing.

“I think this is the way it was meant to be,” said Lisa Gower, STM coordinator.

The Massac Theatre was built in the 1930s and was open from 1938 to 1978. While it reopened for a short period of time, it was empty until 1982 when Sun Industries purchased it and put a radio station in upstairs. But when the radio station was moved, the building was abandoned and fell into disrepair.

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