The Woodward News

Opinion

October 29, 2011

Letters to the Editor 10/29

Woodward, Okla. — Editor, The News

Subject:  Theater Controversy

Do you know the famous people that live in Woodward, people like Judas Iscariot, Marcus Junius Brutus, Harold “Kim” Philby, and Benedict Arnold? We hear them in the coffee shops, on the radio talk shows, at the football games anywhere they can find an audience.  Why do people betray other people?  Is it money, politics, power, philosophy?  I guess the answer is to be determined by each betrayer.

We the citizens of Woodward have been betrayed, no we have been robbed of the opportunity to have new movie theaters in Woodward, by a very few loud mouthed people whose only concern in life is to stir up trouble.  Again I ask why do they do it, is it possible they do it to stir up ratings for a radio show, or because someone’s feelings are hurt when they are turned down on a request or perhaps the worst of all, because they just thrive on controversy. They are not happy unless they’ve made someone else unhappy they like to work behind the scenes and let other people do their dirty work.  They act like concerned citizens but the goal is to “kill” progress.

As former theater owners of the Lakeside Theaters, my wife and I were extremely pleased with what was taking place with the theaters.  I think I pretty well understand how theaters make a profit and how the theater industry has changed over the last 10 years.  The time for single screen theaters passed in the 70’s now you must have multi-screen theaters with one concession area, game room, party room and pre show advertising to make money.  Ticket money goes to the film companies.  In 1999 I had a local builder give me an estimate to add two more screens to Lakeside II and III (metal buildings) the cost then was over $750,000, building only - with nothing inside (today’s cost $3 million est.).  Today’s digital projector is between $60,000 and $100,000 per screen.  The 35 mm film used since the 1920s will be phased out by Sept. 2012, so if you are not a digital theater you are out of business.  I recommended to the two past owners to convert to multi-screen and get rid of # 1 theater because of having the expense of 2 buildings. Today it’s too expensive to build a new theater in a small town unless the community is involved. Many communities feel that a theater is a quality of life issue and therefore step in to help.  Can you imagine businesses trying to recruit people to live in your community without a theater?  We are fortunate to have community leaders that realize this - unfortunately we have citizens who only help the community if they can see a profit in it for themselves, and if they can’t profit by it they will tear it down.

 Dwight Terry, Woodward, OK

Editor, The News

Stucco?  Really?  Please tell me that the beautiful county courthouse in my hometown isn't going to be covered in stucco.

I will always remember the 1947 tornado picture with that beautiful building standing as a lone survivor amidst a flattened landscape of rubble.  It seemed to exemplify Woodward's return like the Phoenix rising from the ashes.

Surviving only to be covered in stucco?  Say it isn't so.  

Linda Barnett

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