Moving into the future

Dear Editor:Let the Avenue Theatre rest in peace. ("Restore the Avenue," 10/16/09) Not every structure, regardless of age, is worthy of being saved. Instead of being a drag on the tax rolls, it should be demolished along with a wistful yearning to return to the old days. I am sure those who wish to save the structure are not willing to step up to the plate and support the structure with their own hard-earned dollars. If not them, then who? Movie theaters are dying and suffering from lack of attendance, even with the most modern megaplexes. In suspect this folly to restore this relic will not pencil out economically, unless, of course, "the save the past" crowd ponies up the green stuff. Look around to our surrounding cities. They are stuck in the past because very few are willing to invest in high-tax cities, or ones that fail to move into the future. Let's not let the dreams of a few cause Downey to be perceived as not ready for prime time. - Gary Castagnola, Downey

********** Published: October 23, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 27