TO THE EDITOR:
As a projectionist at the Chelsea Theater — or what’s bluntly listed as a “weakness” in Save The Chelsea’s business plan— I can’t help but be weary of this group’s motivations behind acquiring the theater and implementing a non-profit co-op model.
They’ve provided no evidence to suggest that low overhead arthouse theaters can actually thrive as non-profits, and this group has no genuine intention to preserve what people love about this theater.
Although it’s true that the theater has been facing financial struggles in the past couple years with the opening of Silverspot and declines in movie-going, our financial troubles could be easily be resolved with a few minor renovations and better marketing under a single-owner model.
The group’s failure to work with current staff — to simply “co-operate” — speaks to their general lack of genuine emotional investment in the Chelsea.