Amazing news just in — the Astor, St.Kilda’s iconic cinema, will be saved! And it’s thanks to you and more than 13,000 other people who spoke out in support of this local treasure.
The Astor has just been sold to a passionate supporter, who plans to establish a trust fund to ensure that the Astor lives on.
Not long ago, it seemed the Astor’s days were numbered. St. Michael’s Grammar, the school that bought the cinema in 2007, was refusing to discuss the situation — and sources said they were planning to redevelop the historic theatre into a performing arts centre and uniform shop.
But then a group of supporters, the Friends of the Astor,decided they would not stand by and let its iconic screen be darkened for good. They started a petition on Change.org — and the support was overwhelming.
Figures like Michael Caton, Tony Martin, Sophie Lee, Stephen Curry, Rove McManus, Tracy Bartram, Adam Hills and David Stratton joined a groundswell of community support, and their campaign was covered in media from The Age to ABC.
The pressure forced St. Michael’s to quickly backtrack from their plans. And now, instead of being redeveloped, the theatre has been sold to a buyer who will safeguard its historic screen.
Friends of the Astor President Vanda Hamilton says they couldn’t have done it without you. “Thanks to you and your signature and your wonderful comments, The Astor will live! There are not enough thanks!”
Thanks for being a part of this,
Nathan and the Change.org team