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“Our Love Is God – let’s go get a slushie.”

See Heathers this Valentine’s Day at The Astor! A regular girl, Veronica, tries to survive the social jungle of high school by sticking with the three most popular girls at school who are all called Heather. As she meets a sociopath named JD, her life spirals into a continuous cycle of hate, unintentional murder and indifference, as she exacts revenge on her enemies, also known as her best friends. It’s a true love cult classic!

Session Details: 
February 14th, 7.30pm
All Tickets $14.00 

The Cremaster Cycle (1995-2002) will be presented in a marathon session on rare 35mm film at the historic Astor Theatre. This cycle of works by esteemed American artist Matthew Barney, who is best known for this epic series of films, is an extraordinary five-part film project that has been absent from Australian cinema screens for a number of years. Created out of sequence over an eight year period, together the films craft a unique aesthetic universe of densely layered symbolism. Throughout the series Barney mixes anatomical and psychosexual metaphors and allusions with physical movements, special effect make up and vivid design elements and draws on a vast range of mythological and historical characters, iconic locations and his own autobiography. The Cremaster Cycle is somewhere in between a traditional film and an art installation. Confronting, confounding and absolutely creatively unmatched, Barney’s cycle of works represents a viewing experience like no other.

The title refers to the male Cremaster muscle that raises and lowers the male reproductive system according to temperature, external stimulation, or fear. Throughtout the course of the cycle of films, Barney uses this biological process as a metaphor to explore the evolution of form through conditions of ascension and descension. Barney’s fascination for the biological is also used as a metaphor for the creative process. With near cult status in the art world, The Cremaster Cycle is an evocation and deconstruction of the creative process by Barney, a sculptor and performance artist and arguably one of the most important artists of his generation. Visually arresting and often disturbing, the cycle when viewed in totality is a grand mixture of history, mythology, and autobiography exploring the creation of form.

List of Works Presented: Cremaster 1 (1996) / Cremaster 2 (1999) / Cremaster 3 (2002) / Cremaster 4 (1995) / Cremaster 5 (1997)

Session Details: 
Saturday, March 3rd, from 2.00pm
Tickets $30 – $35.00

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at  new release films ‘Macbeth,’ ‘Life,’ ‘The Intern,‘ ‘The Martian,’ ‘Another Country,’ ‘The Wrecking Crew’ and Putparri And The Rainmakers.’ This episode also contains interviews with Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Justin Kerzel, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Nancy Meyers, Matt Damon, Ridley Scott, Nicole Ma, Zac Hepburn (The Astor Theatre), Jack Campbell (The Pack), Robert Mond (The Subjects) and Olivia Penison-Bird (Graceful Girls).

Also make sure you are listening this week as the boys announce a very special partnership that The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show has started with DC Comics and Warner Home Video. We kick off this brand new partnership by giving you the chance to win a copy of The Flash Season 1 on DVD or Blu-Ray.

And there’s a double competition because if you live in Sydney you could also win a double pass to the premiere of The Subjects.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.


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The Astor Theatre’s second calendar, since the business was taken over by Palace Cinemas in June, was today revealed.  Featuring a carefully curated selection of classic and new release films in digital and celluloid formats, the new program takes audiences from Sunday September 20 through to Saturday December 24, Boxing Day.

For the first time in many years the theatre will open on weekdays during the September school holidays with a program of films tailored to children.  With tickets to all weekday, children’s film sessions $5 (for all ages) this stream of programming offers families the chance to experience the charm and atmosphere of the Astor Theatre while watching such iconic titles such as MARY POPPINS as well as new favourites such as WRECK IT RAPLH and KUNG FU PANDA.

As well as the family friendly weekday sessions, audiences can expect the return of fan favourites THE BLUES BROTHERS, the GREASE (SING-A-LONG) and many event sessions as well as double features from iconic film makers such Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Francis Ford Coppola and Pier Paolo Pasolini.  Some other exciting titles include the international critical hit THE TRIBE, along with a killer double feature of BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFRADO GARCIA and ROLLING THUNDER.

“I’m really proud of the New Astor Calendar which speaks volumes of the eclectic capacity that The Astor Theatre has; a single screen theatre that can screen films throughout history and from all around the world to the film loving audiences of Melbourne – we truly are a yearlong film festival” Zak Hepburn, The Astor Theatre’s General Manager says.

This calendar also sees the return of the all night movie marathon with the Great Astor Spook-Tacular to celebrate Halloween, on Friday 30th October.  This all night festival of fright brings back some classic horror features as well as some rare titles not seen on the cinema screen for many years. The evening will feature trivia, prize draws and lots of other surprises.

The CORNETTO TRILOGY, Edgar Wright’s madcap love letter to genre cinema also screens as a triple feature on Cup Eve – a great way to spend a Monday evening.

For more information visit www.astortheatre.net.au. The calendar will also be mailed to over 21,000 Victorian film fans this week.

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Palace Cinemas have announced the arrival of new cat Duke at the iconic Astor Theatre in St Kilda. Following in the paw prints of much-loved ‘Astor cat’ Marzipan, who sadly passed away in March 2013, Duke, a black and white short-haired cat, will make the Astor his permanent home after being adopted from not-for-profit organisation The Lost Dogs’ Home.

Fittingly, given his new address, Duke is named after silver screen legend John Wayne (whose nickname was “Duke”) by avid film fan and the Astor’s General Manager Zak Hepburn.  “When we picked him out, he was pretty relaxed and had such a nonchalant swagger that I immediately knew his name should be Duke” says Zak. “Since Palace took over the Astor, there have been so many enquiries as to whether we’d get another cat and while Marzipan is irreplaceable, we thought as this year has marked a new chapter for the Astor, why not give Duke a new chapter in his life?  And support a worthy cause like Lost Dogs’ Home” he enthuses.

For over a hundred years The Lost Dogs’ Home cares for more than 30,000 lost and abandoned cats and dogs each year throughout its shelters across Victoria.  Senior Veterinarian, Dr Alan Bolton from the organisation says “it is great to see that Duke has gone on to find his new home at the Astor and it shows us that cats are adaptable to a range of different living situations and can fit in at offices and businesses”.

“While it will take Duke some time to settle in properly, we welcome anyone who wants to come in for a coffee and to say hello” says Zak. “Duke has yet to be here for a full film session or double feature, but we’ve got the feeling he’ll like Westerns”, he laughs.


The new Astor Theatre calendar will be available in late August.


The Lost Dogs’ Home can be contacted on (03) 9329 2755

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The new Astor Theatre calendar has been revealed and is now available online at www.astortheatre.net.au. The much-loved calendar, featuring the coming three months of films scheduled for the Astor, will also be mailed to over 20,000 Victorian film fans this week.

The calendar features a carefully curated selection of classic and new release films and sees the return of long-standing favourite, the Astor double-feature. Showing at 7.30pm each Wednesday night, the double features kick off with GET CARTER and POINT BLANK on June 10; THE GOONIES and BEETLEJUICE on June 17; and a trip through bat country with FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS and REPO MAN to round out June.

Screenings on celluloid remain alive and well at the Astor, with Palace Cinemas making good on their promise to retain both 35mm and 70mm formats for the new program. Time-honoured Astor staples POLTERGEIST, ALIENS, BARAKA and HAMLET are all back for screenings on 70mm, while Martin Scorsese’s MEAN STREETS and the brilliant Ken Russell film THE DEVILS will be shown on rare 35mm prints sourced by new manager, Zak Hepburn.

Director Gillian Armstrong’s new documentary, WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED will premiere on Thursday June 25 with a red carpet gala event to celebrate the re-opening of the Astor. Armstrong, a Melbourne local, will appear at the gala to introduce the film, which looks at the career of the largely unknown Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly who dressed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis and Ingrid Bergman during Hollywood’s golden age of cinema. In tribute to Orry-Kelly’s career, the Astor’s forthcoming film program will showcase his handiwork in MALTESE FALCON, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, CASABLANCA and SOME LIKE IT HOT.

The Astor Theatre re-opens to the public on Sunday June 7 and tickets for all sessions and for the opening night gala event will be available from Friday 21 May via www.astortheatre.net.au or www.palacecinemas.com.au

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Palace Cinemas today announce Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed will receive its Melbourne premiere as part of a gala event to re-open the iconic, art deco Astor Theatre on Thursday 25 June.

 Women He’s Undressed takes an intimate look at the life of three-time Academy Award winning Australian costume designer, Orry-Kelly.  Largely unrecognised for his achievements at home, the Kiama born designer created wardrobes for the silver screen from the 1930s to 1960s. Kelly’s design credits include; Hollywood’s biggest studios, most memorable stars, and hit films such as Casablanca, Some Like it Hot, Oklahoma! and An American in Paris.

“We are thrilled to start our tenure at the Astor Theatre with a premiere for Women He’s Undressed,” said Palace Cinemas’ CEO Benjamin Zeccola.  “The film features such wonderful footage from the golden age of Hollywood; it made perfect sense that this should be our choice as Palace re-open the Astor, which itself has such a rich history in showing classic film” he says. “While we’re being tight-lipped about the content of the new Astor calendar until it’s release on May 21, I can confirm that we will be showcasing several films containing Orry-Kelly’s dazzling costume designs, as we continue with the repertory programming the Astor’s audiences know and love.”

Director of Women He’s Undressed, Gillian Armstrong who will be among the guests at the premiere says, “We are thrilled to open our film about the king of Hollywood style at the stylish and wonderful Astor in my own hometown.”

The Astor Theatre, which is one of the last remaining single-screen theatres in the southern hemisphere, will re-open to the public on June 7 with the red carpet gala event for Women He’s Undressed following on June 25. Tickets for the premiere and opening night event will be available from both the Astor Theatre website www.astortheatre.net.au and Palace Cinemas’ website www.palacecinemas.com.au, in late May.

Women He’s Undressed screens courtesy of Rialto Distribution and opens in cinemas nationally on July 16.

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Palace Cinemas are thrilled to announce that they have reached an agreement to secure the future operation of the Astor Theatre, as Melburnians know and love it.  The Astor will close for a short period for essential maintenance and repairs. The theatre will re-open in June 2015 with a gala event and an exciting new calendar – all of which will be announced next week.

Under Palace’s custodianship the Astor will continue operating as a single-screen, 1,110 seat auditorium, with its well-regarded programming of both new release and classic films intact and showing on 35mm and 70mm prints as well as 2K and 4K digital projection.

Benjamin Zeccola, Palace Cinema’s CEO says of the plans, “Palace Cinemas are keenly aware of the importance in preserving The Astor experience and, to that end, we see the business operating very much as it does today: one cinema, the continuation of the brilliant programming and maintaining the building in the art deco style in direct consultation with Heritage Victoria.”

George Florence, proprietor since 1982, and creator of the unique programming  and operational style, says he is delighted his legacy will continue and states,

“I am very grateful that we have found a solution to keeping The Astor Theatre operating indefinitely, after a long period of great uncertainty, and that Palace Cinemas are pledging to maintain The Astor Experience, that so many loyal patrons hold so dearly. We are sure there will be a great sigh of relief to this positive news and we look forward to a greater Astor Theatre”

Melbourne has seen thirty-two years of the finest repertory programming and the very best in film and now digital presentation thanks to founder George Florence. The Astor is so much more than just the bricks and mortar that has become Melbourne’s spiritual home for film.