(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Fantasma Productions has been forced to move its main offices after the historic Carefree Theatre in West Palm Beach, Florida, was deemed unsafe. Engineers decided that a roof collapse on the south side of the building was enough to threaten the entire complex’s structural integrity.
More than 500 people were forced to evacuate from the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and dozens of adjacent restaurants after the collapse on December 6th. Patrons reportedly heard the crash, then water erupted from broken sprinkler pipes.
The building is may or may not reopen, forcing owner and main tenant Fantasma Productions to seek permanent residence elsewhere.
“Let’s put it this way,” Jon Stoll, president of Fantasma Productions told the Palm Beach Post, “when a building gets a condemnation from the city — if I were to put people in there, I’d be negligent.”
The building was first built as a bowling alley, opening in 1939. Since, it has shown independent movies, hosted stand-up comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler, and concerts, such as the Indigo Girls, John Prine and Dave Mason.
“The problem is, it’s old,” Stoll told the paper. “Old, old, old.”
Stoll assured the paper that no one was injured in the incident.
Fantasma has already rented office space at 700 W. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401. Phone and fax numbers remain the same for the company. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers