A historic theater that was under renovation in uptown Marysville collapsed late Thursday. The Avalon had been closed for more than a decade, and restoration work had recently gotten under way after a nonprofit group, over years, had raised the $3 million necessary to turn it into a cultural and performing arts space.
MARYSVILLE — An uptown building that a nonprofit group has raised about $3 million to restore collapsed late Thursday, leaving only a brick shell and a pile of rubble.
Sarah Barr, the executive director of the nonprofit organization that hoped to turn the long-neglected former theater into a cultural and performing arts center, said in a Facebook post that an already damaged structural support truss gave way.
She called the collapse devastating, and pledged to rebuild at the site.
The former Avalon Movie Theatre opened on Main Street in Marysville in August 1936 but closed more than a decade ago and the building sat idle. Funding for restoration was a years-long process.
Renovations began in earnest this year, and fencing had been installed around the building’s front exterior as a sign of the work taking place.
Barr said online Friday that structural engineers were at the site examining the damage, which included a gaping hole in the wall of the adjoining building, which houses a Scott’s Miracle-Gro company retail store.
At noon, crews were digging out the debris at the theater site, which has an alley running behind it.
The collapse also destroyed a vehicle parked next to the building that belonged to a tenant in a next-door apartment.
No one was injured.