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Massac Theater
119 W. Fifth St., Metropolis (Massac County)




Completed in 1938 and closed as a movie house in 1978, this Art Deco theater was rescued from decades of neglect when the City of Metropolis acquired the property in 2007. Damage sustained under the previous ownership has left the theater without a roof, making the original interior unsalvageable, but the exterior remains structurally sound. Over the past three years, a city-initiated task force has been working on reuse solutions. One option is to construct a new theater inside the outer shell. This could meet the needs of the local school district, which currently lacks a large assembly space. However, a serious fundraising campaign is needed to pay for a feasibility and reuse study.


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