As a local resident and architect, I'm disturbed that the historical society may continue to hold the Raymond Theatre hostage after years of being a dark front on Raymond Avenue in Pasadena (Dec. 12). "Facade-otomy" should be called "adaptive reuse" of the historical fabric. There was a similar "facade-otomy" performed on the La Reina on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks more than a decade ago. The theater front became the front for a Gap store and appears in man-on-the-street interviews in the news all the time. I enjoyed the La Reina's second life as a classic movie screen when I was a teen, but that life ended due to the disparity between cheap tickets and high rent.