Skip to comments.London theatre collapse: scores injured at Apollo in West End
Posted on 12/19/2013 2:44:39 PM PST by sushiman
Seven people seriously hurt after part of Shaftesbury Avenue theatre collapsed during The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time .
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The entire country is still built around 1880s technology. I’m not surprised.
The preservation of old, classy buildings has its risks.
This is so sad. Hope all the injured recover soon.
Article says that the people on the second floor balcony pushed the railing off, taking the front two feet of the frontmost part of the balcony floor with it. Probably a hundred years of balcony railing leverage finally cracked the floor enough to break it off underneath their feet.
Those theaters are some of the most beautiful on earth. While the Apollo is a large theater, most of them are much smaller than our b’way houses which were mostly designed for musicals. 1880 buildings can be well taken care of.
Oh, do shut up.
That is so true. We lived in a house that is about 100 years old. Even though it has been updated here and there and is gorgeous, it doesn’t have the electrical capacity of a newer house, and the plumbing - you couldn’t put anything down the drain pipes, they clogged so easily. Structurally it is very sound, but one day when I was down in the unfinished basement, I wondered how much longer it can stand in California. It looked to me like it was poised on sticks. Maybe it will stand firm for another 100 years, maybe not.
Few houses built today will be as long lived as yours I’d bet.
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