Asbestos forces Theatre Royal cordon
Asbestos has been found in the Isaac Theatre Royal in central Christchurch.
White asbestos was found in fibre cement sheets in an old projection room in the foyer of the theatre late last week.
The area has been cordoned off.
Specialists from Ward Demolition will remove the small amount of asbestos this week.
Theatre chief executive Neil Cox said deconstruction would continue next week.
The theatre is being restored and is scheduled to reopen in the second quarter of next year.
The historic facade will be preserved, but the foyer behind will be deconstructed.
The 1928 marble staircase in the foyer will be preserved and encased.