The Tower Theater benefit scheduled for Friday evening has been postponed. No new date was given for the showing of "L'Atalante" and a buffet dinner, which had been scheduled for Friday at a $75 donation per person.

The theater is simply not ready to accommodate an audience, according to Greg Tanner of the Independent Film Foundation, who said another week is needed to sufficiently clean it. "It is just not possible to have the necessary work done in time to make the theater safe and comfortable for the benefit."Tanner said, however, that he still expects the theater to be open next Friday, April 19, to begin a scheduled run of "The Third Animation Celebration" for three weeks, with proceeds going to the Tower Theater restructuring project.

For further information, phone the Independent Film Forum, 328-0477.