Bournemouth Imax building dismantled

Former Imax cinema on Bournemouth seafront
Image caption In 2005, the structure was voted one of the UK's most hated buildings

Workers have started dismantling a "hated" building in Bournemouth.

The Imax cinema, labelled an eyesore by residents who have complained it blocks sea views, is due to be completely demolished in early 2013.

But workers must first spend two months stripping the building's fixtures and fittings.

A spokesman for Bournemouth Borough Council said a "new outdoor events space" would open in its place by next summer.

External deconstruction work will be carried out between January and March.

Al-fresco Shakespeare

The spokesman added: "During this period you will start to see the building being dismantled.

"Watch out for the sea views that will appear as the building comes down."

The new facility, called The Waterfront, will host events such as arts and extreme sports.

The council said these would include open-air Shakespeare productions and silent discos.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Pavilion Dance have both already expressed an interest in staging performances there.

The cinema opened in 2002, nearly three years behind schedule, and then closed in 2005 after having problems showing 3D films.

At the height of its infamy in 2005, the structure was voted one of the UK's most hated buildings in the Channel 4 programme Demolition.

People can watch progress of the demolition on the council's website.

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