The Majestic Theatre located on Jalan Chamberlain is being demolished.
Ipoh Echo was alerted of the demolition work on Monday by a caller who complained that the notice board notifying of work being done was absent adding that the safety requirements, boarded up barriers and such was not adhered to.
A subsequent visit to the site confirmed the callers concerns. At the same time MBI Officers from the Buildings Department had coincidentally arrived onsite and called on the contractor to immediately stop work explaining that a ‘license for demolition work had not been applied for”.
A call to Encik Syahril Muhammad, MBI’s Assistant Director of the Buildings Department, confirmed that that the license to demolish had not been issued.
Syahril explained that the full details of the demolition work had to be furnished before approval was granted while commencing demolition work without first obtaining approval will be subject to a fine.
The Majestic Theatre was built in the late 1940’s and screened Chinese movies until the 80’s after which it screened multi lingual movies. It closed down in 1998.
The design of the theatre is described as ‘Art Déco’ and is one of several art déco theatres dotted around Ipoh Town all of which were designed by Danish architect BM Iversen. The other art déco theatres are the Lido, Cathay and Rex theatres.
According to Mohd Taib, the Chairman of the Perak Heritage Society the Majestic Theatre is not a heritage building but has been ‘identified’ as one of 140 buildings by MBI listed in the 2005 Heritage Act to be gazetted for preservation.