A pair of letters to the editor:
The ill-advised plan to replace the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s superb IMAX theater with an expanded cafeteria shows that this grand institution needs new leadership [“Natural History Museum drops Imax,” Style, July 26]. The IMAX films bring messages home in stunning, unforgettable fashion. To replace the IMAX experience with an expanded “burgers and fries” experience runs so counter to the educational mission of the Smithsonian Institution that it almost sounds like a joke — a very bad joke. Please, shelve this idea and head back to the drawing board to develop another plan that does not yank the beating heart out of the museum. We don’t need a McSmithsonian.