Protect The Astor Theatre!

The Astor Theatre In Melbourne is a Repetoire Huose that shows classic cinema – it’s kitschy, it’s kool, it’s krazy you fool! And we need to keep it alive – Loyal fans have banded together to get a petition signed to keep it alive… read on!

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, 12noon – 3pm  (Even if you can’t see the movie, just be there for an hour from noon to show your support to the media)
Where: The Astor Theatre – 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda
Activities:
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 Melbourne and Sydney Valhalla Cinema, The Longford, Lumiere, The Trak and the Carlton Moviehouse.

Help us Protect The Astor! Share this page with your friends!

The online petition is here PLEASE SIGN IT AND FORWARD TO ALL YOUR CONTACTS

http://www.change.org/petitions/st-michael-s-grammar-school-st-kilda-melbourne-relinquish-the-site-and-let-the-astor-theatre-continue

Nearly 5,000 signatures in the first few hours and growing.

Scan down the petition page to read the testimonials.

This campaign is being driven by The Friends Of The Astor Association Inc.

Please join up to become involved in the mission to keep the Astor open

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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