Relinquish the site and let The Astor Theatre continue
  • Petitioned St Michael's Grammar School

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St Michael's Grammar School, St Kilda, Melbourne
St Michael's Grammar School

Relinquish the site and let The Astor Theatre continue

    1. Petition by

      Friends of the Astor Association Inc.

      Ivanhoe, Australia

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October 2012

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PROTECT THE ASTOR THEATRE!

The heritage listed art deco Astor Theatre is a Melbourne icon, the last of our great single screen picture palaces. It has survived a World War, the advent of video, DVD, movies on demand and the multiplex.

After almost 80 years of continuous screening, The Astor Theatre is under threat.

The neighbouring St Michael’s Grammar School was portrayed as a white knight when it purchased the building that houses The Astor Theatre five years ago. But the school has not responded to the cinema’s efforts to secure a new lease. We fear that when the current lease expires, St Michael’s intends to close the building for five years before re-opening as a private school performing arts centre and uniform shop. The Astor as generations of Australians know it will be gone.

That’s why we are calling on Melburnians to get active to Protect The Astor.

We are holding a friendly launch on Saturday 16 June as an opportunity for Melburnians to show that they believe The Astor is worth preserving.

When: Saturday June 16, 12 - 3
Where: The Astor Theatre - 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda
Activities: Jaffa rolling, celebrity guests, free popcorn, free screening of the movie Labyrinth (PG), and tours.

If would be a tragedy if The Astor went the way of other classic and arthouse cinemas, like the Walter Burley Griffin Capitol Theatre, the Valhalla Cinema, The Longford, The Trak and the Carlton Moviehouse.

Thank you in advance for your support of this important campaign.

Web: www.fota.net.au 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-Astor-Association-Inc/161449630586966

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    • Wendy Lacota MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The ONLY cinema in Melbourne where we can regularly see movies from the past to close?? please, no!

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    • Ayla Hendricks MORDIALLOC, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Astor is a landmark for Melbourne.

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    • Wendy Russell MOOROOPNA, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I used to work near the theatre and loved the movies shown there. It is a beautiful building and part of Melbourne's history, and as such should be preserved for all to enjoy.

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    • Anna Petts BROOKLYN PARK, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Astor was THE place to watch films while I was a student at Melbourne Uni...It was a weekly event to go and see a double feature, and I saw SO many amazing films because of it (and some trash too, lets not get coy here haha). We need to save this heritage for future generations!

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    • Kevin Corcoran VIC, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Astor is something that should continue to be enjoyed by all Victorians. It is irreplaceable as an historic cinema.

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