Boyd Theater demolition begins in Center City

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Demolition works begins at the Boyd Theater. (WPVI)

Demolition work began this weekend on the historic Boyd Theater in Center City.

Efforts had been going on for decades to save the art deco theater.

It dates back to 1928.

Shown in a 1928 photo released by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia is the former Boyd Theater in Philadelphia.

Last year, officials struck a deal to protect the building's exterior.

On Saturday, developers started to tear down the rest of the structure.

It was sold last October for $4.5 million to make way for a 26-story apartment tower.
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