Lakewood Theater One Step Closer to Landmark Status

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DALLAS -- The Lakewood Theater in East Dallas is more than just the iconic centerpiece to a shopping center. For a lot of folks, it's been a big part of their life in Big D.

One of those folks is Burton Gilliam, the actor best known for his role in Blazing Saddles.  Gilliam was in the crowd at City Hall on Tuesday, asking the Dallas Landmark Commission to designate the theater an official landmark.

Along with stickers and t-shirts, supporters also put together an online petition, which got nearly 7,000 signatures in just a week.

Those speaking against the designation include the theater's co-owner, Craig Kinney.  He said he wants to save the theater too, but has a business to run and worries that landmark status may tie his hands with rules and regulations.  He's also worried about the theater's business prospects given the lack of parking.

But in the end, the commission voted unanimously to start the process of designating the Lakewood a landmark.

It seems this treasure won't be buried anytime soon.