Majestic Theatre demolition well under way

1930s heritage building almost gone

Last updated 13:27 19/05/2014
Majestic Theatre demolition
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DEMO IN FULL SWING: The Majestic Theatre was deemed a dangerous building by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

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Demolition of the Majestic Theatre is well under way.

Work to dismantle the building on the corner of Manchester and Lichfield streets began on March 31, despite heritage group Historic Places Canterbury battling to prevent demolition because it believed the building could be fixed and restored. 

The future of the 1930s-era building - the city's first fully steel-framed building - had been in doubt since its inclusion in the Christchurch Central Development Unit's street-widening plans for Manchester St.

It was also deemed a dangerous building by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

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