Astor Theatre

Dominion Road,
Auckland

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The Astor was one of Auckland’s biggest and busiest second run “action” houses. The building was made of corrigated iron, with a brick foyer and frontage and large neon.

It opened in 1911 as the Empire Theatre, later becoming the New Empire Theatre. In the early 1940’s it was re-named Astor Theatre and underwent some re-fitting in around 1950. It closed in 1985, being demolished later that year.

Contributed by Peter Hall

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mrt1924
mrt1924 on April 10, 2005 at 6:14 pm

I think this theatre was demolished and a church was built on it’s site

del50
del50 on May 8, 2005 at 6:59 pm

Opened as the Empire on 14 December, 1911. Renamed Astor 1940-1943. It had, according to NZ Licensing Authority, 850 seats in 1956.

Mark747
Mark747 on January 17, 2010 at 4:33 am

Here is original postcard of Empire Theatre View link

Teeg
Teeg on June 10, 2010 at 3:48 am

Rex – only church in vicinity is now Columbus Cafe corner Burnley Tce and Dominion Road. I think the Astor was further in towards town where the car rentals are(opposite Ballyntine reserve) or even closer next to the BNZ corner of Bellwood Ave and D'Rd.

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