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“Great place to spend an evening”
Review of The Astor Theatre

The Astor Theatre
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Owner description: The Astor is one of the last single screen movie palaces left in the world, showing movies continuously since being built in 1936, and transporting you to a time when going to the movies was an event.
Reviewed September 11, 2012

I love the mix of old and new movies they play here, and I love that they have intermission. Great big screen too!

Thank Katbird66
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

The Astor is the longest running single screen movie house in the southern hemisphere and one of the longest continuous single screen movie houses in the world.

Bought several years ago by the near by private school of St Michael's, it was initially thought that this move saved the Astor from the developers merciless clutches. However, St Michael's refused to release their exact long-term plans for the cinema saying only that it would be converted to a 'mixed use space for the schools performing arts needs and be maintained as a part time theater for the public'.

The 'friends of the Astor' lobbied for years for something to be done, but it looked for a long time as if all was pretty much lost. Until recently that is. A local businessman purchased the theater from St Michael's and has basically handed it over to the current operators to run as what it is - a single screen movie house.

The buyer is an old gentleman who is very wealthy and decided that he loved the Astor so much that he just had to do something to save it - so he bought it!

If a theater can inspire one man to part with millions of dollars (and millions more in refurbishment to return the theater to it's original grand state), then it's got to be a place worth going right?

Right! And it is.

Okay, so the seats aren't the most comfortable and nobody will mistake the viewing (or listening for that matter) experience with 'gold class', but that's not what this theater is all about - it's about the experience of 'going to the movies' and the Astor provides that by the bucketful!

It even has it's own resident cat!

The Astor calendar of coming attractions is a Melbourne institution - it's free and if you time your tram right, you can jump off, race over and grab one from the street side holder and race back to your tram without interrupting your trip!

A Melbourne landmark that's well worth the visit - just remember to buy a choc-top and some popcorn along with your movie ticket!

1  Thank khdroberts
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

This is old school. Interesting films including classics. The old time charm is there still. The curtains, carpets, lights are beautiful. Captures an era of old time movie going. I saw Gone with the Wind there & thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank NazanVK
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

1930s Art Deco interior is the first thing you notice as you walk through the doors. The atmosphere is wonderful, very family orientated, comfortable seating and spacious. It was my husbands first visit, and he is hooked!!! Great variety at candy bar and fantastic, enthusiastic staff.

1  Thank mareead
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

I loved the Astor. The ice creams are the best in Melbourne ( they are huge) It has been refurbished and is very comfortable.

Thank Melbafamily
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