News Line for Springfield

Springfield's Mars Theatre gets ready for 'soft opening' tomorrow
Parking spaces were painted, a 55-inch television was installed in the concession area and final work was being done on the live performance sound system as Springfield’s Mars Theatre was readied today for tomorrow’s “soft opening.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

No alcohol for movies at the Mars
While beer and wine will be served at certain live performances, alcohol likely won’t flow at the Mars Theatre when it shows movies.
Source: Effingham Herald

City council adopts policies, procedures for Mars Theatre
With the grand opening of Springfield’s Mars Theatre two weeks away, city council members approved a list of policies and procedures for the facility Tuesday night.
Source: Effingham Herald

Mars Theatre in Springfield gets seats
Seats were installed in the Mars Theatre in Springfield today as workers prepare for the April 25 grand opening.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New day for Mars ready to dawn
It has been almost 60 years since the Mars Theatre last welcomed the public, and the Springfield theater will open its doors April 25 for the first time since 1957.
Source: Effingham Herald

Springfield's Mars Theatre gets “Mars” sign
The Mars Theatre in Springfield got its “Mars” sign this week, as workers scramble to finish the restoration project by the April 25 opening date.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City OKs alcohol license for Mars
The grand debut of the Mars Theatre is about a month away, and Springfield City Council members took steps to make sure there could be a proper toast.
Source: Effingham Herald

Mars Theatre to get wired for the future
With the building now finished, the Springfield City Council took steps Thursday night to get the nuts and bolts of the Mars Theatre’s interior completed.
Source: Effingham Herald

DNR grant for Ebenezer Crossing draws praise
The purchase of hundreds of acres along the Ebenezer Creek for preservation purposes is getting a significant boost.
Source: Effingham Herald

Theater restoration: Pride of Springfield
Larger cities like Savannah and Atlanta don’t have a monopoly on restoring historic, one-of-a-kind movie theaters.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Historic theater in Springfield gets $316,000 push
Springfield City Council members agreed unanimously at a special meeting Thursday night to spend $316,000 on the Mars Theater, beginning a push to finish renovations by the April 25 opening date.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City seeks to extend greenway project
Springfield is hoping to extend its greenway project, possibly with the help of a grant.
Source: Effingham Herald

Council may put in extra time to finish Mars work
With the grand opening of the Mars Theatre just three months away, much of the work remaining to be done may lie in the hands of the Springfield City Council.
Source: Effingham Herald

New Springfield council takes office
Springfield’s City Council got one new member and three returning ones during a swearing-in ceremony before Tuesday night’s meeting.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mars to make its debut
The long-awaited premiere for the Mars Theatre has been set. Tommy Deadwyler, Springfield cultural affairs director, said the Mars’ grand opening will be April 25 and work continues to get the edifice for its debut.
Source: Effingham Herald

Springfield OKs budget, auditor contract
The firm hired to perform the city of Springfield’s 2012 audit will be retained for next year’s review of the city’s finances.
Source: Effingham Herald

Chamber backs Mars’ efforts
The Effingham Chamber of Commerce, through its annual Oktoberfest event, presented the city and the Springfield Revitalization Corporation a check for $1,600.
Source: Effingham Herald

City eager to open theater doors, a new era for downtown
Sometime in early March, the doors of Springfield’s Mars Theatre are expected to swing open, welcoming patrons and guests for the first time since the building closed more than 50 years ago.
Source: Effingham Herald

Hospital, county, city team up for disaster drill
Effingham Health System conducted an emergency preparedness drill in collaboration with Effingham County EMS, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Fire Department.
Source: Effingham Herald

Springfield accepts donation of 19 acres on Ebenezer Creek
Springfield City Council members agreed unanimously at their Nov. 12 meeting to accept a donation of 19 acres on Ebenezer Creek.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City chooses seats for Mars
The doors for the Mars Theatre are still a few months away from opening, but the seats for the venue have been selected.
Source: Effingham Herald