CONGRATULATIONS to everyone of our members and to all our committee members who have put in extremely hard work to ensure the future for The Astor Theatre. We are pleased to announce that our PROTECT THE ASTOR campaign was a HUGE success. The building that houses the Astor (1-9 Chapel St) has been sold. Full details and an official announcement will follow shortly. Right now we just really want to say THANK YOU!!!

A message from the President of FOTA, Vanda Hamilton, following Saturday June 16th’s successful Protect the Astor event:

Dear friends,

It has been an amazing few weeks, with an outpouring of love and affection for The Astor. Both the FOTAA committee and the staff and management of The Astor remain sincerely grateful for your overwhelming and continued support.

Now is the time for us to begin seriously raising funds, and we have already had many contacts from the public and from FOTAA members with suggestions about that process and offers of donations. We are very grateful for each and every suggestion and offer.

We are currently waiting for the ATO to grant us deductible gift recipient status so that any donations made to us can be tax deductible. We expect this to be in the next few months. Until this happens, we are reluctant to take donations, but if you can hold that thought (and most importantly, hold the money) we would be very happy. We expect to be able to update you on our gift recipient status with the ATO very soon.

There has been a lot of talk about crowd funding the purchase of the building in which The Astor is a tenant, (1-9 Chapel Street). Whilst this is a possibility, and certainly crowd funding has enabled some amazing projects elsewhere, it is only one of a range of possibilities for the committee of FOTAA to consider. What is certain is that we will be seeking your donations for a Protect the Astor fund and also a separate fund to put aside for future building maintenance once it has been purchased. Your donations are important for all these purposes – so, once we receive our gift recipient status from the ATO, please consider donating!

Once again, thank you so much for all your interest, support, love and well wishes. You have played, and will continue to play, a huge part in our ongoing campaign. We look forward to working hard on your behalf to secure a result of which future Melbournians will be proud, and which will be an inspiration for communities all over the world.

Yours sincerely
Vanda Hamilton – FOTAA President