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Boise Bench theater building collapses, triggering closure of antiques business


The old Reel Theater location on Overland Rd. in Boise collapsed late last month.

In January, the theater closed due to the lack of business from the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

About five months later, the theatre building suffered severe visible damage when a beam collapsed, causing its neighboring business, the Antique World Mall, to temporarily close. 

The shopping center’s owner applied this spring to remove the theater’s interior walls and other finishes, as well as remove the theater entrance and return it to a more traditional retail space set up. Attempts to reach a City of Boise building inspector for details about the collapse were not successful.

Antique World Mall closed

The Antique World Mall on Overland Rd. is closed after the building it occupies partially collapsed. Photo: Courtesy Alex Couey

Antique World Mall next door shares the building with the former theater. It offers budget-friendly antiques and vintage pieces for customers. The shelves inside are filled to the brim with collectibles and treasures. 

Tuesday morning, Antique World posted an update on its Instagram stating they are still temporarily closed. Although closed, they say their part of the building didn’t sustain any damage.

“There are still elements of the Antique World Mall wall and the Theater that need to be separated for safety reasons,” Antique World Mall shared on their Instagram, “We are still waiting to be told that the building is safe to occupy.” 

Antique World Mall is hoping it can re-open in the next few weeks. Currently the building does not have power and have not yet been told the building is safe to occupy, according to the post. Managers said on Instagram they are appreciative of the community’s support.

The shopping center dates to 1958. The building that held the Reel Theater was previously a grocery store, and starting in 1967 served as an early location for Waremart, which later became WinCo Foods. The store closed and it was later converted to the theater use in the mid-1990s.

An Antique World Mall representative declined to talk.

Morgan McDonough - BoiseDev Intern
Morgan McDonough - BoiseDev Intern
Morgan McDonough is an intern for BoiseDev. She is a University of Idaho student studying journalism and advertising.

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