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Middle-schoolers concerned with theater access

Students at South Tahoe Middle School are fighting for an outside entrance to the new Wallace Theaters, and they don’t plan to give up easily.

Wallace Theaters closed the Lakeside Four at the “Y” and opened an eight-plex theater inside Horizon Casino in August 1999.

The only way to access the theaters is to walk through the casino gaming area.

“I know some people who are allergic to cigarette smoke,” said eighth-grader Josh Mitchell, who is a member of STMS’s Club Live program. “And there’s just the casino entrance. Plus it’s right by Lily’s Beach Club, where there are people drinking. Security isn’t that tight,” Mitchell said.

In an effort to do their part, Mitchell and other Club Live Members created a youth organization survey to be distributed in various classrooms throughout STMS.

The idea was ignited during a School Oversight Council meeting and the students took it from there.

The survey asks questions about the new Horizon theaters, including: “Would you prefer a different entrance into the theater?” and “Does it bother you that you have to walk through the casino to reach the theater?”

Club Live Faculty Leader Larry Lambdin said the survey was student initiated and distributed by the children.

“They’re not putting (the responsibility) on the teachers,” Lambdin said.

Survey results will be tallied the first week in May, and a petition may be the next step, according to Mitchell.

Once the surveys are finished, students plan to approach Horizon executives and Wallace Theater representatives to voice their concerns and pitch their ideas.

“We want to be able to talk them into making it better or changing the location,” seventh-grader Danielle Vickers said.

“Or even just making another entrance,” Mitchell added. “It’s a wonderful theater, but we don’t want to have to go through the casino.”

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