Restoring a piece of history: How Springfield saved the Mars Theater
From her office window in downtown Springfield, Gussie Nease would gaze at the Mars Theater and lament over what it had become. As a kid, she watched “Love Me Tender” starring Elvis Presley and wanted to create more memories of moviegoing with friends and family.
But her dream of doing so was in jeopardy.
“I kept thinking someone needs to restore that thing back to a theater,” said Nease. “I just had this passion for it and knowing that it needed to be restored. I did not want to see it destroyed. I always wanted to restore it.”…..