Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Roof of the old movie theater blown off by dust devil.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Roof of the old movie theater blown off by dust devil.

The roof of the old movie theater in Downtown Needles, California has blown off by a dust devil on Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was along Lillyhill Drive in Needles, California trying to record a dust devil moving in the distance towards Downtown Needles, California when George DeLeon from Vincent de Paul Thrift Store called ZachNews reporting that the roof at the old movie theater blow off and landed along West Broadway near the intersection of F Street.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez ran over in the heat to the scene and record this video of the roof laying along West Broadway (Video Above).

At this moment, nobody reportedly injured during the incident.

Both directions of West Broadway from E Street to F Street is closed until crews from the City of Needles clear the debris.

Motorists are being advise to use Third Street as an alternate route.

** Picture Above from the Needles Regional Museum: **

The old movie theater, also known as the Needles Masonic Temple Theatre building located at 823 West Broadway, was built in 1929.

The movie theater portion of the building was opened in March 1930 and was the place to stay cool during the summer well enjoying a good movie.

The Masonic Temple was located on the second floor of the building.

In the early 1990’s, the old movie theater closed following a fire, and remained closed since the fire.

** Picture Above from September 2012 from ZachNews: **

On Tuesday, September 10th, 2012, a powerful storm with strong winds blow a large chunk of the roof off of the old movie which landed in a next door yard of a residence.

After that incident, the remaining roof piece was fasten down, including in May 2014 after concerns were raised of the remaining roof piece blow off on to West Broadway.

In August 2014, that remaining roof piece stayed in place when a powerful microburst blow through the community, taking the roof of the old Route 66 Burger Hut just two blocks over.

The remaining roof piece remained in place over the years during other strong storms, only to be blown off by a dust devil today.

ZachNews has learned that there were people working on fastening the roof before when the dust devil moved through the area, lifting up the roof piece.

** Picture and video from ZachNews: **

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