DALLAS – The Dallas Landmark Commission voted to make the Lakewood Theater a historic landmark, joining other landmarks like the Adamson High School and the Texas Theater, the place where Lee Harvey Oswald was caught.
Lakewood Theater was built in 1938 and has stood the test of time. Even though its doors closed to the public for a second time in 1993. The current owners took over the property in 2007; they’ve expressed intentions of preserving the theater.
That’s a relief to residents of the Lakewood area who were taken by surprise when the owners removed the seats inside the theater back in August. The owners calmed fears by assuring everyone it was only part of an asbestos remediation.
On Monday residents like Sally Johnson, who oppose the current preservation plan, were in attendance to plead their case.
“Please, you are the people that can help save the history of this city,” she said. “This building is a landmark. It’s the most intact 1930’s theater remaining of the Interstate theaters and it is beautiful.”
Norman Alston, an architect who spoke for the current owners, assured the commission that the theater would be kept intact, “On behalf of the owners they are on the record public or otherwise that their intention is to save all of the important historic and artistic features of this building.”
The city council is expected to affirm the commission’s vote.