October Update on Friends of the Astor & the future of the Astor Theatre

The Friends of the Astor Association (FOTAA) has recently met with a representative of Ralamar Nominees , (the owner of the Astor Theatre building at 1 Chapel Street) , regarding our possible use of the building as a single screen cinema beyond the end of the Astor’s current lease in May 2015.

Both FOTAA and Ralamar Nominees have committed to further discussion over the coming weeks, and we will update you further as this dialogue progresses.

October 2nd 2014


Friends of the Astor Association Inc: Response to recent sad news on the announcement of The Astor Theatre closure


You may already have seen the public announcement made directly by the Astor in their Calendar Released 22nd August 2014 (Astor Theatre Calendar Sept-Dec 2014)

George Florence has been a key figure in the Astor Theatre for over the last 30 years. With George’s leaving, he will take with him his wealth of industry experience, technical knowledge on film projection, and the extensive distribution contacts that allowed the current Astor Theatre to provide such a unique programming source of diverse films in Melbourne.

It is to be hoped that any future operator of the theatre will be able to continue with such a diverse and exhaustive program of cinema to the public

Whilst we are disappointed by this development, FOTAA remain optimistic that we will be able to work with all parties to find a way of securing the future of the Astor in its current form.

We will continue to update you with any further developments as they occur.

Best Regards,

Vanda Hamilton, President of FOTAA Inc.


Written on behalf of Friends of the Astor Association Inc.


For all media inquiries and to arrange interviews with Vanda Hamilton, President of the Friends of the Astor Association, please contact Vanda via email our website email:   info@fota.net.au

Friends Of The Astor Association (FOTAA) Incorporated, a non-profit organisation managed entirely by unpaid volunteers.




"What's that Ginger?"

"You didn't get an invite to the Members' Event Saturday 26th July! "

"You better check the spam folder,
& then Email us at members@fota.net.au "

So We Can Start Dancing...


Members’ Event

Saturday 26th July 2014 , 7:30pm

male hand in the act of disclose the scene shifting the red curtain

Friends of the Astor Association Members are invited to Free Entry to the

Astor Theatre Screening of the Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Double Feature

Top Hat & Swing Time

Current/Renewed FOTAA Members have already been sent individual invitations

via email/post to RSVP, and print ticket vouchers etc.

For 2014-15 our FOTAA membership fees remain unchanged, so renewing your membership still costs only $20 full / $15 concession.

FOTAA Membership renewal for 2014-15 will be available on the day at the FOTAA Members Desk in the foyer.

Or Join/Renew Online Now using PayPal/Mastercard/Visa Card at: http://www.fota.net.au/fotaa-member/




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