Majestic Theatre to be demolished

Last updated 15:30 08/12/2013
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CONDEMNED: The historic Majestic Theatre sits will be demolished.

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About 100 buildings are left to be demolished in Christchurch's central city.

The latest demolition list released by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) seals the fate of some buildings - such as the historic Majestic Theatre - while other notable properties have been left off.

Cera's general manager of operations John Cumberpatch hoped all buildings on land required for anchor projects would be bought by the Crown and demolished by August next year.

The latest list shows 94 buildings - mainly in areas designated for anchor projects - are set for full, or partial, demolition.

Up to 50 more buildings could be added, Cumberpatch said, as Cera continued buying sites it required.

''Our aim is to keep the pace up . . . and really enable the rebuild,'' he said.

This week the Christchurch City Council vowed to help save the historic Majestic Theatre in Manchester St and Mayor Lianne Dalziel agreed the council should meet with Cera to emphasise the importance of retaining it.

Historic Places Canterbury wanted the council to seek a moratorium on the demolition while a thorough engineering assessment was done.

But Cumberpatch said the building was badly damaged and the land was needed for the widening of Manchester St as part of the eastern frame.

A tender process for its demolition was already underway, he said.

Meanwhile, the Coca Gallery on Gloucester St will be partially demolished, as will the former Odeon Theatre on Tuam St.

The 13-storey Victoria Apartments building in Armagh St is also set to be bowled but does not appear on the list.

The Trinity Church on Worcester St will be partially demolished before being restored.

Former owner Alan Slade said he sold the property to the Christchurch Heritage Trust in May.

The fates of CBD Bar and NG Gallery on Madras St - both on land designated for the new stadium are still unknown and do not appear on the hit list.

However, 216 Madras St - the former home of Domo Collections - and a Lichfield St property will be knocked down to make way for the stadium.

Sammy's Jazz Review on Bedford Row - in the eastern frame - will be demolished despite its owner previously hoping to retain it.

Other buildings still to go include the Beggs Music Centre on Colombo St, the central library on Gloucester St and Cathedral Square's Government Life building.


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