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The Astor Theatre in Melbourne will be paying their respects to the films of the King of Cool, the one and only Quentin Tarantino, with a from Dusk till Dawn marathon featuring a greatest hits collection from his iconic filmography. We’ll have five dollar shakes and some super sounds that would make a K-Billy or a Jack Rabbit Slim all shook up! Revenge is a dish that may be best served cold, but we’ll keep the fire burning all night that will make you bark and bite.

Featuring: Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill Vol: 1, Kill Bill Vol: 2, and The Hateful Eight – 70mm Roadshow Presentation. There will be a 30-minute breakfast intermission after Jackie Brown.

Session Details:
Saturday, 10th February – Sunday 11th February
There will be a 10-minute break between films, with a 30-minute breakfast intermission following Jackie Brown.
Tickets: $35-45

Hear My Eyes and The Astor are thrilled to announce their second film & live score collaboration!
This time round, Melbourne’s brilliant sound and visual artist Sui Zhen, along with her full band, will be re-interpreting Chris Marker’s landmark film SANS SOLEIL. Sui Zhen’s re-interpretation will include an original live score, sonic collaborations with the films original soundscapes and live, re-enacted narration.

Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Sans Soleil is his mind-bending free-form travelogue that journeys from Africa to Japan.

Sui Zhen is the alias of Melbourne-based ‘dream beat’ artist Becky Sui Zhen. Her recent electronic experimentation with ethereal techno-pop and minimal down-tempo 808-lead tracks takes influence from Japanese lovers rock, 80s electro-bossanova and dubby-lounge pop which Becky discovered during holidays in Japan and London.

Session Details: 
Friday, March 23rd, 7.30pm
Tickets $33 – $35.00

The Astor Theatre

The future of one of Melbourne’s cinematic icons, the heritage-listed, art deco Astor Theatre in Windsor, again looks promising.  Palace Cinemas announce today that they are in the process of conducting due diligence with current tenant, and long-term business operator, George Florence, and landlord, Ralph Taranto.

Palace’s custodianship would see The Astor to continue operating as a single-screen, 1,150 seat auditoria, with it’s well regarded programming of both new release and classic films in tact and showing on 35 and 70 millimetre prints as well as 2K and 4K digital projectors.

Palace Cinema’s CEO, Benjamin Zeccola, whose family derived the Palace Cinemas corporate identity from the Palace Theatre in Bourke Street (where his father showed films in the mid to late 1970’s) has said of The Astor, “I am in love with the ambience and unique sense of cinema at The Astor, it reminds me of the Metro Malvern Cinema where I grew up and the loss of which still saddens me. So it is with a great deal of affection and nostalgia that we approach an arrangement between Palace Cinemas and The Astor.”

Benjamin has also said 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.”

FOTAA’s (Friends of The Astor Association) president, Vanda Hamilton, a group whose interest in the theatre is simply the preservation of The Astor as an operational single-screen cinema, open to the public, says of the news, “It is a great solution for all involved.”

The Astor cinema’s current calendar runs from December 20th through to April 5th, 2015, with more announcements regarding the program of events and developments to follow in early 2015.

The Astor Theatre

Melbourne’s iconic Astor Theatre is set to close after this announcement was made this morning:

It is with heavy hearts that we make this announcement.

In early 2015 the Astor Theatre as you know it will close its doors.

By way of explanation we should clarify the distinct difference and separation between the landlord of the building we lease, Ralamar Nominees Pty Ltd, and the business that you know as The Astor Theatre, our tenancy that, since 1982, created and operates the business within the landlord’s building.

The Astor is so much more than just the bricks and mortar that has become Melbourne’s spiritual home for film. Without a lease renewal, the expert repertory programming we have cultivated for a community of Melbourne moviegoers, and the ‘Astor Experience’ will come to an end. We were offered a lease that would have been financially and operationally crippling, but negotiations failed to resolve the key issues.

We do not know what the landlord has planned for the future of the building, only that we are not included in those plans. We hope that you can embrace the final leg of our journey after 32 years of memorable movie experiences at The Astor Theatre. Further information can be found in due course on our Blog and on the Friends Of The Astor website.

To read some of the many thousands of testimonials we have received daily over our 32 years, visit the ‘Audience Testimonial’ section on our website.

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Address: On the corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road, St Kilda.

Phone: (03) 9510 1414

Website: http://www.astortheatre.net.au/

Films Currently Screening at The Astor:

28th December – The Sting (1973)

29th December – Skyfall (2012)

30th December – The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

30th December – Frankenstein (1931)

30th December – Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

30th December – Out Of Africa (1985)

31st December – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)