When we heard that St Kilda’s most iconic cinema, The Astor Theatre, was set for closure, we have to admit that we did shed a tear for that big ol’ Art Deco building on Chapel Street. Thankfully, and after a massive seven years of negotiations, legal waffle and glimmers of hope, the beautiful cinema is set to open its doors again as of next week. Hurrah!
Built in 1936, The Astor Theatre building itself has been protected by various trusts and bodies for all things old and worthy here in Melbourne for several years, but there’s nothing in those agreements saying it would have to be used as a cinema. Property developers, we can hear your hearts racing at the prospect of turning it into match-box sized apartments from here…
Thanks to everyone’s favourite art-house cinema group, Palace Cinemas, the theatre will now continue to run everything from acclaimed new releases to foreign films to legendary celluloid classics. And yes, you’ll still be allowed to pash in the back row.
The Astor Theatre reopens on 7th June for regular screenings. Check the website for updates.
Image credit: The Astor Theatre