The remains of the Astor Cinema crumbled just before midday today after weeks of haphazard dismantling of the iconic movie house, the last of its kind in the city.
The area around the cinema was blocked off to traffic for about an hour before the collapse. Around 11 am, machinery from Chung’s Global assisted with the demolition. Moments after the southern wall was torn down, the remainder of the building crumbled at 11.56 onto Waterloo Street. Removal of the debris is underway. Moments later, persons began to scavenge the debris.
City Engineer, Colvern Venture and other staff from the City Council oversaw the demolition exercise.