The Astor Theatre
The Astor Theatre is a cinema in the grand, old manner. The theatre's proud boast is Fine Films and Atmosphere and the varied programme and "old-world"charm reflect this.
When you walk into The Astor you are transported back to the days when going to the cinema was an EVENT.
The Astor's free programme/calendar is released three times a year - available on the website.
The cinema was built in the 1930s and still retains the art-deco charm of that period. You are greeted by soft lighting and gentle music - you can relax in the somewhat-overstuffed chairs and enjoy some of The Astor's famous cake.
The Astor Theatre is a classic, single-screen cinema with stalls and a dress circle - the overall seating capacity of 1,150 is reduced from the original 1,700 - and the auditorium has the same, soft ambience that you will have enjoyed in the foyers. Beautiful curtains cover the screen - there are no jarring, advertising slides to greet you!
But there is nothing "old-fashioned"about The Astor's facilities. The fully-air-conditioned cinema boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and a new, giant screen.
The Astor specialises in 70mm presentations but the general programming is for a different double feature (yes, a DOUBLE feature) on most evenings of the week with regular matinees on Sundays. There are also some special, single-feature sessions (many at a reduced price).
The Astor Theatre presents a mix of older films and recent releases along with special seasons of major re-releases such as Ben-Hur and Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.
The aim of everybody at The Astor is to give you a movie-going experience that is second-to-none!
The Astor re-opens under the new management of Palace Cinemas on June 25 2015. The Astor, which closed briefly in April 2015 when the 33-year reign of George Florence as manager of the business came to an end, will reopen with the Melbourne premiere of Gillian Armstrong's documentary Women He's Undressed, about triple-Oscar-winning Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly . ''
The film features such wonderful footage from the golden age of Hollywood, it made perfect sense that this should be our choice to reopen the Astor, which itself has such a rich history in showing classic film,'' Palace chief executive Benjamin Zeccola said.
❊ What's On ❊
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ Corner Chapel Street and Dandenong Road St Kilda | Map
✆ 03 9510 1414
❊ Web Links ❊
→ The Astor Theatre
❊ Also See... ❊
→ Palace Cinemas
→ The George Revival Cinema
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