Astoria Finsbury Park

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

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keiths on July 31, 2013 at 6:09 am

It really is still a magnificent building. Saw the Beatles and the Yardbirds there one christmas in the 60’s

Ian on July 31, 2013 at 3:15 am

Some recent exteriors – including the side revealed by demolition of buildings on Seven Sisters Road – July 2013




Rickyb6 on April 15, 2012 at 4:03 am

Hi Hofnarr
See my website to get the information you want – regards Rick

Hofnarr on April 2, 2012 at 4:30 am

hi! does anyone know when the movie “breaking glass” was shot at the rainbow theatre? i know it must’ve been some time in 1980, but i need the exact date as i want to include this scene in a novel … thanks!!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Great pictures and stories,enjoyed them all.

Rickyb6 on April 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm

If you want to know who has played there and when check out

keiths on April 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Thank goodness it’s still there.

woody on February 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

two press ads for concerts from april 1979 when the Astoria was the Rainbow Theatre one of Londons major rock venues, the second ad has the Rainbow logo as it appeared on the building

TLSLOEWS on December 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Great photos of a great theatre.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 23, 2010 at 7:44 am

A set of vintage photographs of the Astoria/Odeon/Rainbow Theatre:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 1, 2009 at 11:27 am

An October 2008 photograph of the rear of the Astoria Theatre. Notice the lower two levels of former dressing rooms and how the current UCKG church occupiers have converted the stage fly tower into several levels of offices, with windows, and added metal fire escape stairs:

landrover on June 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm

My grandfather worked as a projectionist as the finsbury park astoria during the war years, where he met my grandmother who was also working there as an usherette. They have been married 60 years and she has found memories of going for a meal in the resturant next door to the cinema and all having to dart under the table when a bomb dropped closeby. She will be thrilled to see some of the pictures that are listed on here, thanks guys.

smoothie on June 11, 2008 at 1:54 am

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)has revolutionised its website to include a classic buildings dimension, cinemas and theatres included. To get to the one (so far) classic photo of the Astoria,Finsbury Park just go to the home page of and simply type in “Astoria” in the searchbox. Finsbury Park is numbered 8291.

AdoraKiaOra on June 10, 2008 at 7:50 am

My god they have done a beautiful job on this place.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 9, 2008 at 12:58 pm

A few more of hjuk’s interior photographs from June 2008:
Details above a stalls exit:
A view across the circle:
An arch to the front stalls exit:
Sidewall details under the circle, showing the former standing area:
Right sidewall, as seen from the stalls:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 9, 2008 at 12:36 pm

A wonderful set of interior photographs taken in June 2008. Thanks to HJUK for allowing us to see them:
Main inner foyer:
Part of the former restaurant area in the circle foyer:
Entrance doors to the circle:
Circle vestibule foyer ceiling:
View of the rear circle, showing projection portholes:
Views of the auditorium from the rear of the circle:
Sidewall details, left of the proscenium:
Sidewall details right of the proscenium:

Hoggie on April 10, 2008 at 10:35 am

Genesis did their very first “Foxtrot” show here – or the then Rainbow Theater, 9th February 1973.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 14, 2006 at 1:58 am

The atmospheric auditorium, as viewed from the balcony in 1930:

A close-up of the proscenium showing original house curtains in 1930:

The exterior in 1947 when known as the Odeon-Astoria Theatre:

A current (October 2004) photograph I took of the building:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2006 at 4:53 am

A photograph of the Odeon Astoria which I took in July 1964, playing the Odeon release film of that week:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 19, 2005 at 3:29 pm

A recent auditorium view in its current use as a church, showing the recent restoration nearing completion (seats are now installed in the stalls area):
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 2:56 am

More history and photographs of the Astoria, Finsbury Park here:
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kevinp on August 21, 2005 at 5:30 am


tap on the following link

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…


kev p

thespis on August 14, 2005 at 9:11 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.


Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 6, 2004 at 6:01 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.