About the Astor

The Astor Theatre is a cinema in the grand, old manner.  The last single screen cinema of its kind in continuous operation in Melbourne, still standing since its grand opening in 1936, and one of only a few single screen movie theatres from the 1930s in the world screening repertory movie programming.

The Astor Theatre is a classic, single-screen cinema with stalls and a dress circle with the magnificent auditorium having the same, soft ambience that you will have enjoyed in the foyers. Beautiful golden curtains cover the screen, which part majestically to begin the evening’s (or matinee’s) entertainment.

There is nothing “old-fashioned” about The Astor’s facilities however. The fully-air-conditioned cinema boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and a giant screen.

Long famous for its presentation of classics, cult favourites and select new releases, The Astor projects a range of mediums including 35mm prints and the now rare 70mm format (over three times the size of 35mm, with glorious detail and clarity). The Astor is also home to the Christie 4K Digital Laser Projector. When you see a film in 4K or 2K format at The Astor, you are seeing a presentation that is unmatched.

The Astor Theatre is also fully accessible via a ramp entry point located in adjacent bar/cafe Overlook. The Astor Theatre also offers a fully accessible bathroom facility.

The Astor Theatre does not allocate seats unless otherwise noted, but don’t worry, we have a 900 seat auditorium with great views of the giant Astor SuperScreen.

The Astor Theatre is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, under record number H1751, this heritage protection ensures the preservation and longevity of the building. This heritage protection also demands that all original fixtures remain, for example, if you ever wondered why The Astor’s auditorium seating feels a little dated and lacking in modern comforts, well, that is because the many seats in the Astor can not be updated due to their heritage value and protection. We kinda like them that way too. More information on The Astor’s heritage value to the state of Victoria can be found here

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