Special Events

FilmFestLogoSmall9th Annual Film Festival Awards

Friday, June 12th at 5:00 PM

At the Baymont Theater

Admission: Free

Note: Seating for this event is limited and is on a first-come basis.


The Superman Celebration Film Awards honors the best and brightest films from the superhero and comics-related genres, as well as films that fit the archetypes of general comics fandom.  This year, the awards ceremony will present trophies for Best Drama, Best Comedy, and Best "Super Grab Bag" Film, Best Animated Film, Best Fan Film, and Best Amateur Film.


The Baymont Theater, located by the Baymont Inn at 203 E. Front Street. Seating will begin at 4:30 after the last film showing is finished.  


Please Note that we will not be screening films during the awards ceremony this year. 



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Film Festival Screenings

At the Baymont Theater

Thursday, June 9th from 6 PM to 9:30 PM

Friday, June 10th from 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Sunday, June 12th at approximately 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Note: Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.


Join us as we present this year's entries for the Superman Celebration Film Competition!  Over 30 films will be screened for your viewing pleasure, including features ranging from original superhero creations to fan films in a variety of genres, from comics to science fiction.   


To view the complete list of films and the screening schedule, click here.



contestWin two tickets to Saturday's VIP Celebrity Autograph Session with Front-of-Line Privileges and a copy of Video Mill, the official production software of the Superman Celebration Film Festival!  


For every film you watch, you'll receive one chance to win two tickets to the VIP Autograph Session with Peter Facinelli and Mehcad Brooks with direct access to the front of the line!  No waiting, no standing in line early Saturday morning hoping to get free tickets to the standard autograph sessions!  Plus the winner will receive a copy of Video Mill from Breakthru Software, the official production, projection, and automation software of the Superman Celebration Film Festival. Entry tickets will be distributed after each screening, and the drawing will be held at the end of the Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 10th at 5:00 PM. You must be present to win, and we are not responsible for lost or stolen entry tickets. 


The Death of Superman Lives poster

Friday, June 10th at 6:30 PM

Baymont Theater



Special Encore Showing Saturday, June 11th

After the Save the Massac Benefit Auction.

(Approximately 11:15 PM)






'The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?' delves into one of Hollywood’s
most enthralling “what if” stories. This feature length documentary gives an inside
look into what would have been the most original, unexpected and
cosmic Superman movies ever made.


The story begins in 1996 when Warner Brothers gave the green light for the
first Superman film in 10 years, “Superman Lives.” Legendary producers, Lorenzo di
Bonaventura and Jon Peters, engaged writer Kevin Smith (whose first film Clerks
(1995) placed him in a pool of up-and-coming new filmmakers) to write the
screenplay for “Superman Lives.” As an avid comic book fan, Smith centered the
script on “The Death of Superman” story line from the comics, while also bringing
new elements to the Superman Lives story.


Warner Brothers then brought in visionary filmmaker Tim Burton to direct the project.
Burton had earned his reputation at the time for his unique aesthetic with films like
'Beetlejuice' and 'Pee Wee’s Big Adventure' as well as the critically acclaimed
'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Ed Wood.' Most notably at the time for Warner Brothers,
however, was Burton’s unparalleled success at reinvigorating the superhero genre
with the blockbusters, 'Batman' and 'Batman Returns.' One of Hollywood’s leading
actors at the time, Nicolas Cage (whose 1995 film 'Leaving Las Vegas' had garnered
him an Academy Award for Best Actor) was cast to playSuperman. By bringing in
Tim Burton and casting Nicolas Cage, it was clear that Warner Brothers intended to
make an unprecedented Superman story for a contemporary audience.


For nearly two years following Warner Brothers’ initial green lighting of
'Superman Lives,' under the direction of Tim Burton and with Kevin Smith’s script as
the starting point, and then moving on with screenplays written by Wesley Strick and
Dan Gilroy, an elite group of concept, SFX and costume artists worked tirelessly on
the pre-production of the film, with the creation of thousands of storyboards, plus
countless concept designs and original costumes. At the time, examining the
psychology of a superhero was new territory. Burton was intrigued by the idea of
humanizing a character with extraordinary capabilities, particularly in relation to his
challenges of interacting with the world at large. With Cage in the lead role, the film
would have changed the way in which the modern audience viewed the iconic
superhero, Superman.


In making this documentary, director Jon Schnepp has embarked on a journey to
shed light on this much mythologized and prematurely terminated motion picture.
The film features Jon Schnepp’s interviews with legends and luminaries such as
director Tim Burton, producer Jon Peters, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura,
screenwriters Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick, and Dan Gilroy, production designer Rick
Heinrichs, special effects artist/designer Steve Johnson, and costume designer
Colleen Atwood, among others. This core group of artists contributed unique source
material to the documentary, including never before seen footage and artwork. Yes,
this documentary will explain what happened. More than that though, this
documentary will bring 'SupermanLives' to life for the audience by showing them
what would have been the most innovative take on Superman. Ever.

MassacTheatreSaturday, June 11th at 8:00 PM

Baymont Theater


$20 for the Comedy Show and Auction

$10 for the Auction Only


Join us for an evening of excitement as superhero items go up for bid to help us restore The Massac Theatre- Metropolis' 1930's Art-Deco movie house!


The Save The Massac Benefit Auction will feature Superman, Superhero & Villain, and other comics collectibles and treasures. There will be a cash bar during the auction and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  


The auction will take place following Ron Placone's comedy show. Admission to both Ron Placone’s comedy show and the Save The Massac Benefit Auction is $20.  Tickets can be purchased for the Auction only for $10.  All proceeds from auction will benefit The Massac Theatre and will go toward its restoration.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.  Ron Placone takes the stage at 7:00PM. Auction will begin approximately at 8:30 PM. 



Save The Massac Group is accepting Superhero-related items for the auction and a receipt will be provided for tax purposes. For More information contact Lisa Gower at 618-524-7986 or contact the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce at 618-524-2714


For more information on Save the Massac, click here

Ron Placone

Saturday, June 11th at 7:00 PM

Baymont Theater

Admission: $20

Note: Also includes admission to the Save the Massac Benefit Auction


Ron Placone is a comedian, college speaker and media and radio personality. Armed with everything from odd-ball stories, observations and social commentary, Ron tours nationally as a stand-up appearing at clubs, colleges, theaters and everything in between. He also speaks for colleges and advocacy groups with his one-man performance lecture, Madness in the Message. He’s a Network Partner of The Young Turks on YouTube, host of the syndicated radio show and podcast, Indie Bohemians, and has been featured on SiriusXM and TMZ. For more go to http://www.ronplacone.com or http://www.youtube.com/RonPlacone


Ron will be performing at the Baymont Theater prior to the Save The Massac Benefit Auction. The auction will feature super hero related items for bid with all proceeds going towards the renovation of Metropolis' 1938 Art Deco Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce or at the door.

Rubiks Groove2Friday, June 10th, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Metro Tent

Admission: Free


Grab those Day-Glo clothes you've got stashed in the back of your closet. Slap on your Swatch watch and slip on your parachute pants, because the 80's are back at Superman Celebration for our Totally 80's Dance Party!  Or just throw on your superhero costume and come ready to dance and have fun. 


Get down in a totally tubular fashion with Rubik's Groove, who will be providing the live music at this year's dance!  Costumes are optional, but dancing is definitely required!





Arm Wrestling TournamentSunday, June 12th at 12:30 PM

Baymont Theater

Entry Fee: $25 per participant/per division

Spectator Admission: $5






Saturday, June 11th, 11 AM to 3 PM

Man of Steel Tent

Sunday, June 12th, 9 AM to 10:30 AM

Baymont Theater


Do you have the guns to compete in an arm-wrestling tournament?  Test your mettle at the USAA Arm Wresting Tournament at Superman Celebration!  


The competition divisions are as follows:


Men's Right and Left Hand: 0-154, 155-176, 177-198, 199-242, and 243+

Ladies Right Hand: 0-143, 144+

Men's Novice Right and Left Hand: 0-154, 155-176, 177-198, 199+


This is a DOUBLE ELIMINATION COMPETITION and the first 50 Entrants receive a free T-shirt! Awards will be given to 1st to 3rd places in all classes.


For more information, call (406) 670-0065 or (406) 254-7385, or contact by email at dmwatts99@gmail.com.




At The Baymont Theater

Saturday, June 11th 

Session A: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Session B: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

VIP Session: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Session C: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session D: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

NOTE: Autograph Session Tickets ARE REQUIRED to obtain entry to these events. To learn how to obtain tickets, click here


Meet our 2016 Celebrity Guests for autographs and photo opportunities!  You must have a ticket to enter the building for both autographs and photo opportunities, so be sure to find out how to obtain your tickets here.  


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Each celebrity has a fee for autographs, photo ops, etc, and it varies by celebrity.  Please see the individual celebrity biographies on our website for how much each celebrity charges. (If the information is available.)  This is the only location and the only times that you can meet these celebrities and obtain photo ops and autographs. You will not be able to obtain autographs or photo opportunities with these celebrities at their Q&A sessions. 




Superman shieldSaturday, June 12th 7:00 AM to 10 AM

Happy Hearts

(Corner of Market Street and 7th Street)

Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Children


Dine with your favorite superheroes and help out a great cause! The Save the Massac Theatre Committee presents a special breakfast for kids and kids of all ages at Happy Hearts restaurant. Costumed superheroes will be on hand for photo ops and to interact with the crowd. 


Admission includes biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, and a choice of orange juice, milk, or coffee. 


batspisupFriday, June 10th at 4:00 PM

Smallville Tent

No Entry Fee

Register at the Smallville Tent prior to the contest.

Spectator Admission: Free


Is your kid into superhero costumes? Do you have a future cosplayer on your hands? If so, then enter them in our Kids Superhero Costume Contest!

There is no entry fee for the contest, and homemade costumes are encouraged. Gift bags will be awarded in 10 special surprise categories which change every year. (For example, in the past the kids costume winners included: cutest little superhero on the planet, the most daring superhero on the planet, superman's favorite sidekick and most able to charm her way out of harms way to just name a few!)


Immediately following the award presentations at the kid's costume contest, all contestants will have a parade down Main Street along with the real super hero, Superman. All kids will be given a whistle to make noise during the parade so that no one will miss seeing all the great costumes.

2014CostumeContestSunday, June 12th at the Metro Tent at 2:00 PM

Entry Fee: $20

Registration at the The Autograph Zone, June 12th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Or at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce June 9th through 12th until 1 pm.



Note: Audience seating is free and is limited an on a first-come basis.  




The costume contest returns for the 2016 Superman Celebration!


Contestants can pre-register by contacting the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce June 9-12 or sign-up on the day of contest June 12 from 11 AM – 1 PM. Any pre-registrations must check in on Sunday to get their number. A contestant number is required to compete in the contest.

Entry rules and guidelines: 

  • Contestants can register in as many categories that fit their costume/character.
  • Entry fee is $20 per person.
  • The contest is open to all characters: DC, Marvel, or any existing or original character as long as costume is not too risqué for our family-friendly atmosphere.
  • Only hand props are allowed on stage.
  • Any music brought to be used during their stage time must be operated by contestant or an offstage assistant brought by the contestant. (A sound system will not be provided.)
  • Absolutely no real weapons are allowed which includes knives, swords, or guns. No foul language while in costume.
  • This costume contest is for ages 15 and up. Youth contest is held on Friday for kids 14 and under.


The Parade of Characters will take place at 1:30 PM and walk down Market Street from the Man of Steel Tent to the Superman Statue and pose for a group picture. The Parade of Characters is not mandatory for contestants. If costume prohibits walking several blocks then contestant may choose not to participate. They are encouraged to join the group at the statue for the group picture.


The contest will start at 2 PM


Prizes awarded to following categories:

  • Best Character – This is awarded to an overall good costume with an excellent presence on stage. Costumer should have wide knowledge of the character, mannerisms & special abilities or powers. This is focused more on the character while on stage.
  • Best Group or Duo – This is awarded to the best group or duo presented on stage. Costumes, knowledge of the individual personalities and their work as a unit will be taken into consideration.
  • Best Custom Character or Original Conception - This is awarded to the best custom character or best Original Character, including gender bends or twists on well-known characters. 
  • Best Custom Character- All entries must be custom-made/hand sewn or fabricated costumes. Nothing off-the-rack is allowed in this category. This is the only category that will be pre-judged. Pre-judging will take place at the Autograph Zone between 11 AM and 1 PM. Pre-judging is mandatory for this category. 

A first place will be awarded in each category and receive $250 cash.


A runner-up will be named in each category and will receive a Superman Celebration Gift bag.


At the Outdoor Screen at 8th and Market Streets

Weather Permitting

Thursday, June 9th and Friday, June 10th at 9:00 PM

And Saturday, June 11th at 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Note: Space is limited and is on a first-come basis. Seating begins at 8:30. The films begin after dark.

This year Superman Celebration is pleased to bring back outdoor movie showings of some of your favorite films and TV shows!  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, grab a snack and a drink from the vendors on Market Street, kick back, and enjoy the evening air as we present the following entertainment:

Adventures of Superman Poster





Thursday, June 9th at 9:00 PM

Selected Episodes of The "Adventures of Superman" and "Batman"

A Special Tribute to Jack Larson and Yvonne Craig

Batman Poster

Big Hero 6 Poster



Friday, June 10th at 9:00 PM










Spiderman2 Poster





Saturday, June 11th at 9:00 PM





WRAttemptAt the Superman Statue

Friday, June 10th at 1:30 PM

Saturday, June 11th at 2:30 PM

Cost:  $20


(Certificates can be purchased at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce- 516 Market Street.)

Superman Fans will have the chance to become "Honorary Citizens of Metropolis" during this year's Superman Celebration. Citizenship certificates will be available for purchase for $20 each at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce during the Celebration.

Owners of these certificates will have the chance to stand at the Superman Statue and be "sworn in" by Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel. "We think that our fans will love the opportunity to be officially sworn in" said Celebration Co-Chairperson Karla Ogle.  She says that she is sure that many fans will want to frame their certificates and display them in their homes or add them to their collections.

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