Focus quickly switched from the hotel, to the future of The Centre after a letter Vanderburgh County Commission President, Marsha Abell, sent to city council this week. Abell tells the council it's conventions, not shows, that pay the bills for the venue. If The Centre is in jeopardy without a hotel next door, many people say it would be a huge loss to downtown Evansville. This evening at The Centre, over a thousand people are expected to make there way inside the venue for the annual Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's just one of the many events booked on The Centre's full calendar this year, so business seems to be fine. Abell worries it's not enough. She says there has to be a convention hotel next door if The Centre stands any chance of survival. Abell wants City Council members, voting down the hotel, to understand it's effect the community. Two years ago the Rocky Horror Picture Show lost their venue at the Mesker Amphitheatre, so they do not want to see another loss. "This is our second year. We moved it to the Centre. It's got a lot of advantages. We don't have to worry about the weather or anything like that, but if we lost it, it would be devastating to another convention here in Evansville," Says Patrick Higgs.
Abell says last year The Centre lost 469 thousand. Many from at the Rocky Horror Picture Show say they hope to see the hotel go through, and to see The Centre stay for years to come.