August 30, 2002

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing on behalf of the Interstate Documentary Project, a media documentation of Interstate Theatres, Inc. and its founder and lifetime president, Karl Hoblitzelle. The Project also seeks to document the present day efforts of El Paso, Texas to save and restore the last remaining Interstate theater, The Plaza.

As CEO of an organization with a membership that daily strives to rescue, restore, and reuse North America's historic theatres, I cannot overstate the importance of documenting our great remaining heritage theatres. The Project, as proposed will:

  1. Provide a visual history of an important regional film exhibitor and his theatres;
  2. Identify and promote the restoration of El Paso's important Plaza theatre;
  3. In general, provide theatre restorationists further data and support with an important advocacy and fundraising tool for their restoration projects; and,
  4. Provide an important educational tool to help inform the general public about the importance of their heritage and remaining heritage buildings.

You may want to know that the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) is a network of theatres that are historical in nature, have been (or are about to be) rescued by their communities, and, once again made viable parts of their community's social, educational and economic infrastructure. We are dedicated to the sustainability of these landmark buildings.

Our members also include restoration professionals such as the architectural teams that restored the New Amsterdam Theatre and Ford Center for the Performing Arts in New York City as well as almost 300 historic theatres.

On behalf of the League, I encourage your support of this important project. Should you have any particular questions regarding our support or this organization, please feel free to call me.

With best regards,


Terrance Demas
Executive Director



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