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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.
Here is original postcard of Empire Theatre View link
Opened as the Empire on 14 December, 1911. Renamed Astor 1940-1943. It had, according to NZ Licensing Authority, 850 seats in 1956.
I think this theatre was demolished and a church was built on it’s site