Astoria Theatre

232-238 Seven Sisters Road,
London, N4 3NX

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KenRoe
KenRoe on September 11, 2005 at 12:56 am

More history and photographs of the Astoria, Finsbury Park here:
View link

kevinp
kevinp on August 21, 2005 at 3:30 am

Hallo,

tap on the following link

www.mawgrim.co.uk

And go to Odeon Cavalcade, select Finsbury Park…. and see three later pictures of this wondrous cinema

I’m trying to get a link for the interiors submitted soon…

best

kev p

thespis
thespis on August 14, 2005 at 7:11 am

The Astoria is Grade II Listed and has a Spanish/Moorish Decor around the Auditorium & Proscenium Arch. It also had a Courtyard and a domed Fountain. Seated 3,000. Interestingly enough, it opened the same day in 1930 as did another Edward Stone Theatre,the Whitehall – although this was smaller (Whitehall) and built solely as a “legitimate” Theatre.

thespis

KenRoe
KenRoe on January 6, 2004 at 4:01 pm

The Cinema Theatre Association in the UK is organising a “Films Return to the Astoria” evening on Saturday 28th February 2004 at 8pm.
The classic Billy Wilder film “Sunset Boulevard” will be the first feature film to be screened in this landmark cinema building since it closed as a full time cinema 33 years ago in September 1971. After closing, it became The Rainbow Theatre, famed for its many rock and pop concerts. It lay empty and deserted for almost 15 years until the current occupants the Universal Chuch of the Kingdom of God took control and in recent years have restored the building to its original ‘atmospheric’ splendour. The Astoria is located in North London close by to Finsbury Park tube station (Piccadilly Line/Victoria Line) and Main line rail station.

DAVIDFREEMAN
DAVIDFREEMAN on November 2, 2003 at 6:47 pm

THE ARCHITECT WAS EDWARD A STONE…2802 SEATS…
CLOSED ON 18TH SEPT 1971…
ADDRESS IS SEVEN SISTERS ROAD…

David
David on November 1, 2001 at 8:47 am

I’m surprised no-one has written in to you about this cinema and its sister venue, the Brixton Astoria as they are both fantastic ‘Atmospheric’ cinemas and both in reasonable condition.

The Finsbury Park Astoria was opened on 29 Sept. 1930 and was for a while the Rainbow Theatre made famous by David Bowies Ziggy Stardust concerts in the 1970’s. It is now a church (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God…I think!) and is being fully restored.

The Brixton Astoria was opened on 19 August 1929 and is reckoned to be the first fully fledged atmospheric in Britain. Again a fantastic interior which could do with a bit of TLC – the outside has recently been restored – now a concert venue called the Brixton Academy, it is well used and I’ve been to some great clubs down there.

Both cinemas are well documented in the UK by people with more facts at their fingertips than me – I just love visiting them, especially as they are both very much alive & kicking rather than museum pieces or worse…car parks!

Best, David