And while their work has been somewhat below the radar, those involved with Save the Massac (STM) have been busy this year raising the funds necessary to make the theater on Fifth Street come back to life.
Their next event is Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in front of the Massac Theatre with a porkburger lunch consisting of a porkburger, potato chips, homemade dessert and drink for $7. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward repairing a section of the building.
To assist with the fundraiser, the organization is also accepting donations of chips, sodas or money. Those wanting to help that day may also volunteer; setup will begin at 9 a.m. To assist, contact STM coordinator Lisa Gower at 524-7986.
“As a group, we’re excited about the bricks because they are our first step in repairs to the building,” 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. The 501c3 non-profit organization became the owners of the building in May 2013.
Gower explained two portions of wall are succumbing to years of water damage. “One interior wall section must be completely removed due to years of water damage that caused it to separate from the exterior wall,” she said. “There is also a large crack in the exterior wall near the back corner due to water running from the collapsed roof.”
DK Masonry will be doing the repairs for $12,500. The advancement toward that goal is being shown on a thermometer outside the building. So far, STM has raised $6000.
Monday’s lunch is the first of several fundraisers for that brick work. On Sept. 27, STM will sell hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch in conjunction with a bike ride sponsored by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce. A Sunday soup luncheon is being planned for October. The a cappella group Blend has been booked for a Christmas show in December.
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