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WATCH LIVE: Demolition of Palace Theatre underway

A view of the theater's demolition from the WMBF News studios tower camera. (Source: WMBF News) A view of the theater's demolition from the WMBF News studios tower camera. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The demolition of Palace Theatre is underway after the city approved the permit for the iconic Myrtle Beach landmark's destruction earlier this week.

The tower camera atop the WMBF News studios tower SkyCam provides a view of the theater's demolition. Mobile users, tap here to watch it live.

On Thursday, WMBF News’ SkyCam showed that crews had started tearing down the building.

On Wednesday, a demolition permit for the building was issued by the city of Myrtle Beach. It permit allows for demolition down to the property's slab and is good for six months.

"Right now, it looks like a mess," said Salvatore Bisulca, project manager. "We got in there and pretty much got a lot of stuff out of there and we had the SWAT and police enforcement in here the other day doing drills. So, it looks kind of like a bomb went off."

According to Bisulca, demolition is expected to be completed before the end of June.

The Palace Theatre was heavily damaged during Hurricane Matthew, which left a gaping hole in the theater's front facade. Earlier this month, it came to light that the owner of the theater, The Chapin Company, opted to demolish the building instead of repairing it.

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