The Virtual Museum was on hand this morning (Monday, January 18th, 2016) to witness the start of the demolition of the old garage in the Saw Close.
The building – which was built as a carriage works and even used as a cheese store – was unstable and will make way for the multi-million-pound scheme to build a casino, restaurants and an hotel.
Most of the old theatre – which dates back to 1886 – will also be taken down. However, its historic tower-topped entrance will be incorporated into the new scheme.
The building has had many makeovers in its long and colourful history. From a palace of varieties, to a cinema, dance hall and bingo venue.
It was certainly eerie being allowed inside where the interior has been stripped to its bare bones and where much careful work has been done to remove asbestos and make it safe to demolish.
Some of its walls are being specially braced and protected and will remain and be incorporated into the new scheme.
Cotswold Archaeology are still busy mapping out floor plans for the terrace of industrial workers’ houses behind the theatre.
If you are fascinated by demolition pictures or maybe impressed by the skills of the man controlling the digger doing the job, click on the video below.