In her letter {Letters to the Weekly, July 2}, Molly Roche stated that: "The only thing of real art deco value was the sign 'Silver' above the now closed Silver Theatre . . . taken down some months ago." She also says that preservation proponents are "seeking to stop our revitalization." Nothing could be further from the truth.

Preservation of unique older buildings enhances revitalization. It provides a marketing theme that gives a competitive edge to the commercial interests in the area over the long haul. Developers say they want to make Silver Spring "upscale." They say they want mixed use that will keep people in the area after all the office workers go home. Surely a good preforming arts center located in a restored Silver Theatre will further this goal. The old theaters are truly grand and those that survive are star attractions. Downtown Washington has the National, Warner and Ford's theaters.

Montgomery County's Historic Preservation Commission recently voted unanimously to place the Silver Theatre and Silver Spring Shopping Center on the National Register of Historic Places. They are also on the county's Historic Atlas.

One can look at Silver Spring and plainly see that the revitalization that we all desire is already here. Thus, we need not succumb to the developers' "now or never" frenzy to seal the fate of every remaining square inch of the business district.

The recent Regardies Regional Report on Silver Spring envisions something akin to Tyson's Corner. I don't know many people who want a Tyson's Corner or a Crystal City in their midst. Let's slow down and do something unique: creative quality rather than mundane, quick-buck quantity. Preservation could increase benefits to the commercial interests if they would use their imagination and bypass the formula "mega-mall" approach. JOHN A. GILSON JR. Silver Spring