As a professional film maker and an apparently above-average-in-frequency moviegoer, I found the article about the proposed theaters at Sunset and Laurel Canyon (Times, Sept. 20) interesting and inspiring of two points for possible consideration by the developers.
First, the claim by (AMC Vice President Gregory S.) Rutkowski that the location is a "very attractive theater site" ignores the fact that in the last 20 years an attempt to open a first-run theater, the Granada, on the far end of the strip proved to be a failure, primarily because of traffic and parking problems, while the two theaters which did make it for a while on Sunset specialized in either second-run or classic films, drawing their audiences largely from the neighborhood.
Secondly, while listing the total number of seats planned for the complex, the article did not say how many auditoriums these seats were to be divided among. While the practice of combining several auditoriums under one roof is an economically valid idea, the indiscriminate manner in which it is currently being done, without serious consideration of location, neighborhood impact, etc., leads much to be desired.
A complex placing the equivalent of all the theaters on Hollywood Boulevard may work for a previously theater-less community like Lancaster, but not for an area already served by a plethora of theaters such as the Westside.