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Astor Theatre, St Kilda East

Venue Summary
Name Astor Theatre, St Kilda East
Address 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Operation Dates 1956-05-24 - 1966-07-01
Capacity 1682
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
1956-05-24 - 1966-07-01 : Exhibitor : Astor Theatres Pty Ltd
1956-05-24 - 1966-07-01 : Owned : Tollis
1969-01-01 - 1971-01-01 : Exhibitor : Tanda Investments
1971-01-01 - 1976-01-01 : Exhibitor : Cosmopolitan Motion Pictures
Venue Comments

Dates: 1936-82. Opened 13 April 1936. Closed 4th april 1982. Reopened in 1983 - CATHS
1969-82 screened Greek films. Also used as a bingo hall from 78-82. Kino, No.1, 1982 p.9.

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/47-1947/48 = 1690
1948/49-1956/57 = 1720
1957/58-1971 = 1682

References
Cinema & Theatre Historical Society 1997, Cinema index : Melbourne cinemas, suburban cinemas, Victorian drive-ins. CATHS, Victoria.

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1971

The Australasian Cinema (18 March 1976, p. 7.) reports that the Astor cinema is to revert back to English speaking films. "Graham Turner takes over on March 22, and will screen Anglo-American product".

Appleton, E 1996, 'Star of the south', Age- EG, April 26, p.3.
Millar, R 2005, 'It could be curtains for the Astor', Age, September 21, p.3.
Minchin, L 2005, 'Ex-owner raps state for cinema woes', Age, September 22.
Mitchell, L 2003, 'Questions for... George Florence owner, The Astor', Age, August 26, p.3.

Astor theatre newsletter, August 1991, Novmber 1991- Bertand, I Cinema file: St. Kilda (unpublished research).
Tod, L 1986, 'The Astor theatre', Australian Theatre Historical Society, November 7.

Burchall, G 2007, 'Keeping it reel', Age- Metro, December 2, p.27.
Webb, C 2007, 'Hollywood ending as school buys beloved Astor cinema', Age, December 7.
Webb, C 2007, 'St Kilda's cinema icon to go under the hammer', Age, November 23, p.5.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1936-04-13 Astor Theatre 1 Chapel Street
St Kilda
Victoria 3182
-37.857906
144.991994
1690 Suburb Cinema 1
1949-01-01



1720
1958-01-01



1682

Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
Racconti D'Estate Ultra Pictures Corporation 1962-06-28 - 1962-06-30
Fury in Paradise Filmakers, The
Gibraltar Motion Picture Distributors Inc.
1962-06-28 - 1962-06-30
Lazzarella World Film Distributors Pty. Ltd. 1962-09-06 - 1962-09-08
Massacre River Allied Artists 1962-09-06 - 1962-09-08
El Cid Allied Artists
J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors
1963-02-26 - 1963-02-26
Kardhies Stin Kateyidha 1967-08-04 - 1967-08-06
Stamatis Ke O Grigoris, O 1967-08-04 - 1967-08-06
Anthropos Tou Trenou, O 1967-08-11 - 1967-08-13
Thodhoros Ke To Dhikano, O 1967-08-11 - 1971-01-06
Athina Ti Nihta, I 1967-08-18 - 1967-08-20
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