Astoria Theatre

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

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DAVIDFREEMAN
DAVIDFREEMAN on November 2, 2003 at 9:47 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 11:47 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