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Steve Lackmeyer: Fate of Film Exchange building rests with the community

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: August 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm •  Published: August 9, 2013
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The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.

What do you think the odds are that the old Film Exchange building located within the new park boundary will be re-purposed instead of demolished?

The interest is there to save it. I know of at least two different parties with the means, plan and dedication to make it happen. This conflicts greatly with what we've heard to date. But I am not convinced that anyone at Hargreaves Associates or at the city sincerely want to entertain keeping the building intact.

The fate of the Film Exchange building rests with the community - if they speak out, demand answers, and delve into the issues, and contact their council members, the building has a chance.

This conflicts greatly, by the way, with Stage Center, in which we saw a serious effort to find alternative users, a time given to solicit buyers around the world, and even a credible effort to raise support and money to convert it into a children's museum. None of those efforts succeeded, and to this day I've not encountered anyone with resources to buy and preserve the theater.

Where is your best guess for a residential high rise to be built downtown?

Easy - Core to Shore across from the future MAPS 3 park.

Do you think that the latest edition of the Bedlam building will actually ever get built?

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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