METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - A non-profit group working to restore a once iconic theater in Southern Illinois is one step closer to its goal.
"Save the Massac Theatre" has paid for the building in full, a three year and $50,000 feat, according to project President Lisa Gower.
"We've been paying for it for three years and have made our last payment," Gower said.
The theatre opened its doors in 1938. It was home to feature films, plays, and concerts. The theatre was purchased by Sun Industries and became a radio station for WRIK in 1982. However, by 1978 the building was abandoned.
Now Gower hopes to restore the theatre and would like it to one day be an economic booster to the area.
"When it's up and running it will be an economic asset to Metropolis and to Massac County," Gower said. "It will create a night life which will in turn bring people in to town."
The group has received nearly $70,000 in donations so far and will need quite a bit more to complete the project.
An architect with the firm White and Borgognoni of Carbondale, Ill. has been hired to create a floor plan for the theatre.
Gower would like to see the project complete by 2017, however, she said that is if everything goes smoothly.