2015-16 FOTAA AGM News

Saturday 14th November 2015 – Minutes of Meeting.

All FOTAA members will have been emailed/posted a copy of the 2015-16 FOTAA AGM Minutes of Meeting & its enclosed FY1415 Financial Statement, together with other miscellaneous AGM documents.

Please check your email spam folder if you do not appear to have received these documents.

A downloadable copy of these Minutes is available on our Activities Page in the FOTAA Policies and Documents Section . See Our Activities Page Here


FOTAA invites FOTAA Members, & guests, To Free Entry at the Astor Theatre Screening

of A Hard Day’s Night on Sunday Nov 1st 2015 4pm

All Current/Renewed FOTAA Members will have received this invitation via email/post, and be able to Register to RSVP, etc, and print your ticket voucher.


Please note a FOTAA Member may invite one (1) Adult at a discounted Cost of $10, and up to three (3) x Children as Free Entry Guests.

FOTAA Membership Desk to join-up New Members will be available on the day in the Astor Theatre foyer.

Please email members@fota.net.au with any questions/issues on ticketing, or membership

– The FOTAA Inc. Committee


Recent Astor Theatre Renovations & FOTAA Visit to the Theatre. Sept. 2015


The FOTAA Secretary David Kube, recently had an opportunity to meet with Astor Theatre General Manager Zak Hepburn, and Ralamar’s Dale Smith, and undertake a review of the extensive renovations and building work.


A Summary of the visit can be seen below:
  1. Presentation Of Astor Renovations – PDF Version. Click (pdf file)
  2. Presentation Of Astor Renovations – MS PowerPoint Version Click (pptx file)
  3. To View a Youtube Video of above Presentation: Click Here
– The FOTAA Inc. Committee


Message from the FOTAA Committee on our future role

Since incorporation in December 2010, FOTAA’s activity had a very clear focus – ensuring a cinema business continued to operate at 1 Chapel Street! After years of uncertainty the recent announcements confirming Palace Cinemas are taking over the operation of the Astor Theatre provides real hope the Astor will continue to operate in the coming years.

What does this mean for FOTAA? Is there a role to play now Palace has taken over?

The Committee Members discussed this, considered our mission statement (see http://www.fota.net.au/fotaa-objectives/ ), and felt there was a role for our community group which we articulated through three practical goals:


  • To maintain a watching brief that the Astor under Palace Cinemas continues to provide the “Astor experience”.

We understand changes will occur – and indeed always have, all the things loved about the Astor today were introduced at some point – and commercial decisions will drive some of them. But this should not be at the expense of the core elements, including architectural ones and the showing of film, FOTAA members believe are important. FOTAA can continue to provide a voice against changes and decisions that conflict with the core elements considered as crucial to the Astor during this transitional period.
  • To facilitate appreciation of the Astor Theatre film culture through social events

    E.g. by organizing discussions post screenings.
  • To establish a structure, including the ownership of the building, that safeguards the Astor for future generations

This is a very different objective from the first two, but seen as a critical by the Committee to avoid future threats to the Astor like those experienced over the past few years.  At the moment we envisage this will require the creation of a not for profit trust that can own the building to prevent commercial decisions replacing the cinema with something else. This is a long term goal and will not be easy, requiring the engagement (and payment of) professionals to advise on various legal, tax, funding, and commercial etc, considerations.

To achieve these goals we need the people who care about the Astor to agree with our approach and continue to be involved and supportive.

In the short to medium term this will mean maintaining an active membership and creating sub-committees to co-ordinate activity.

Further communications will follow, but for the moment we suggest you simply enjoy and celebrate the re-opening of the Astor in June.

We did want to share our thoughts though, and welcome your feedback. Our contact details are below.

The FOTAA Inc. Committee



 2014-15 FOTAA AGM Minutes of Meeting.

All FOTAA members will have been emailed/posted a copy of the 2014-15 FOTAA AGM Minutes of Meeting and FY1314 Financial Statement to FOTAA Members.

Please check your email spam folder if you do not appear to have received these documents.

A downloadable copy is available on our Activities Page in the FOTAA Policies and Documents Section . See Link

(April 11th 2015)


Transcript of the FOTAA Palace Cinemas Presentation

FOTAA have linked below a complete transcript of the FOTAA – Palace Cinemas Presentation by Renato Fonti, and the following Question & Answer forum.

This presentation occurred just prior to the formal 2015 FOTAA AGM, on Saturday 21-03-2015 at the Betty Day Centre St Kilda.

For a copy of the transcript click   Transcription of FOTAA Palace Q&A Rev_A

 (April 7th 2015)

Good news posted late Thursday 2nd April 2015 on the future of the Astor Theatre

From The Age Website , Karl Quinn National FIlm Editor,  Fairfax (02-04-2015)

“The Astor is dead! Long live the Astor!

The cinema will close briefly after this Easter weekend’s screenings, but will be resurrected on June 7 under Palace management.

As the historic art deco cinema on Chapel Street, St Kilda, enters its final weekend, the battle over its future has finally come to a close. After much negotiation, George Florence, who runs the cinema business and owns the tradename Astor Theatre as well as many of the fittings (including projectors, screen and about half the seats), has agreed to sell his interests to Palace Cinemas.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/astor-theatre-to-close-and-to-reopen-as-george-florence-agrees-to-sell-to-palace-cinemas-20150402-1mdsrw.html#ixzz3W9OhTWGX


See the Palace Cinemas Press Release 02-04-15 as below


Palace Cinemas Astor Agreement News Release.02-04-15



Also, we will be in contact with our FOTAA Members over the next week or so, with the FOTAA AGM Minutes of Meeting, and the transcript of the Palace Presentation & Q&A .

As Volunteers we have all have been very busy, and we apologise for the delays in releasing those documents.



(April 3rd 2015 Updated with addition of Palace Cinemas Press Release.)

(Original post 02-04-15)


 Short Update from FOTAA AGM Meeting 21st March 2015

Many thanks to all the FOTAA Members, the interested members of the Public, and the media who attended the FOTAA AGM on Saturday 21st March 2015.


A short update on the results of the AGM and our planned communications over the next few weeks.

  • We will be publishing the Minutes of the FOTAA Annual General Meeting by 31/03/15 to all FOTAA Members

  • We will issuing a meeting summary of the Palace Cinema Presentation together with the Q&As from the meeting concerning the Palace Cinema Plans for 2015 by 31/03/15

  • Link to The Age Newspaper article by National Film Editor Karl Quinn on the 2015 FOTAA AGM Meeting; and the continuing negotiations around the Palace Cinemas proposed lease of the theatre in 2015.


(March 22nd 2015)

 FOTAA President Vanda Hamilton Response to Recent Astor Theatre website post of 15/03/2015

Vanda has written a response to a recent posting on Astor Theatre website labelled “Current Situation:” , and similar comments on the Astor Theatre Facebook page, and other media.

Dear FOTAA Members,

Unfortunately we have been put in a position where we need to refute some assertions made in a post on The Astor’s website. Read the Full Text here…


agm_2-2015 FOTAA AGM Update Friday 13-03-2015

Palace Cinema CFO Presentation of Plans for Astor Theatre in 2015.

All FOTAA Members, and Interested General Public are welcome to attend.

After the closure of formal items on the 2015 AGM Agenda (see notice below), we have secured the Palace Cinema’s Chief Financial Officer Mr. Renato Fonti, who will be presenting their plans for the Astor Theatre 2015.

An opportunity for a Question and Answer session with FOTAA Members, and any non-Members attending, will then follow. 


  • There may be some confusion about who can attend the FOTAA AGM, and the Palace Cinema Presentation .
  • Just to clarify – only paid up FOTAA members can vote, but anyone is welcome to attend, paid up FOTAA member or not.
  • So if you, or anyone you know would like to attend to hear about Palace’s proposals for the future of the cinema, you will be most welcome.

Details are as posted below

(Friday 13th March 2015)


Notice of FOTAA Inc. 2014/15 Annual General Meeting  (AGM)

DATE   Saturday 21/03/15 at 2:30 PM AEDT

VENUE: Betty Day Community Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182

Melways Map Ref 58 C9


Public Transport Access: Stop No.33 St. Kilda Rd. Tram Routes No.3, 67 or Stop No.27 Chapel St Tram Route No.78, 79

Limited street parking in Argyle Street. Extended time parking in Bath Street,behind the Centre (accessed from Inkerman Street)


[stextbox id=”info”]DIRECTIONS If you enter from Argyle St, you will need to go pass the main building on your right (the Kindergarten will be on your left). The building behind Kindergarten is the multipurpose room, which is location of the AGM Meeting[/stextbox].

 All current FOTAA Members are cordially invited to attend the FOTAA AGM on Saturday 21st March 2015 at 2:30pm AEDT.

Copies of the AGM Agenda, Nomination forms etc, have been emailed out or despatched by post on Friday 6th March 2015 to all current financial FOTAA Members. (Please check your email spam folder if your email has not yet arrived.)


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FOTAA 2015 AGM Download Links

Please Click the link below to download PDF of the FOTAA Inc. 2015 AGM Notice containing Meeting Agenda & Nomination  Form:

2015 FOTAA Inc AGENDA NOTICE AGM & Nom Form .v1.2

Download the Minutes of Previous 2013 AGM Meeting are available here:


(Friday 6th March 2015)