Los Altos Opinions Exchange

Issue: Other Issues
Date of Posting:12/2/00
Author: John Rees

In a recent summary in the Town Crier of the development options for the parcel of city property on First Street between Main Street and State Street, Mayor King Lear described a concept which includes, in addition to some street-level shops on First Street and some second and third-floor condominiums, a small multi-screen movie theater. Although personally I would be delighted to have such small theaters conveniently at hand in Los Altos, I am writing to question the wisdom of any plan that calls for movie theaters to be built in the near future, because I believe it would be a bad economic bet for the town.

Several articles have appeared recently about the dire state of the movie exhibition business. One worth quoting appeared in the December 2000 issue of

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