Grand Theatre

37 West Pine Street,
Orlando, FL 32801

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Astor Theatre

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The Grand Theatre opened in the 1920s and featured a Moeller pipe organ. Walter Kimble, a retired local musician, was once the organist there. During the 1940s and 1950s, the theatre was a first run house, usually playing second tier pictures. It had a single floor and an exterior featuring much ceramic tile. The stage and screen were outfitted with curtains.

In 1956, its name was changed to the Astor Theatre. It was demolished about 1960. A parking lot is currently located on the theatre’s site.

Contributed by Irv Lipscomb

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MDaurora
MDaurora on April 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Grand in Orlando is Renamed the Astor

Orlando Fla – The old Grand Theater, which has run the cycle of motion picture advancement from the old hand-operated crank-turned projector to the present wide-screen process has been sold by the Florida State Theaters for $120,000 to the B.S. Moss Theater Corporation of New York. The Moss corporation operates a chain of theaters in New York and New Jersey, and has now acquired four in Florida, the Ritz in Hollywood, the Ritz in Ocala, the State in Gainesville and the Grand in Orlando.

The name of the Grand has been changed to the Astor.

According to Charles B. Moss, president of the purchasing corporation, the Astor, when the renovation program is completed, will be the “doggiest thing in town”. There will be new upholstered seats, a new sound system, a new wide-screen, new carpeting, restrooms and air-conditioning. A refreshment bar will be built in the lobby and the walls of the auditorium will be covered with a cushion-tone acoustical tile.

William J. Carroll has been appointed manager.

Source: Boxoffice Magazine, October 3, 1953, page 66

MDaurora
MDaurora on April 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

For those who are wondering, “doggiest” is defined as stylish or showy according to Websters.

DonLewis
DonLewis on July 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm

From Orlando a postcard view of the Grand Theatre.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Transformation of Grand into Astor described in this 1954 trade article: boxoffice

irvl
irvl on July 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Please see the photos section for photos of the interior at grand opening, and a c.1930s picture of the Grand its ushers.

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