37 Leoforos Kifisias,
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Located on Kifisias Avenue, in the Ampelokipoi distict, to the north-west of the city centre. The Astron Cinema represents the new generation of purpose-built cinemas at the center of Athens in the 1950’s. It opened its doors on January 1957 with 1,074 seats (663 at the ground floor and 411 at the balcony). Designed in the Art Moderne style by the well-known Greek architect Solon Kidoniatis, it is much acclaimed for its grandiose staircase, spacious foyer and the uncommonly elongated balcony.
In 1996 it was renovated, acquired 780 eurostyle comfortable seats, Dolby digital sound and new projection equipment.
In 2008 its current owner (Sinegiitiko Kefalaio Chrimatistiriakon Sinalagon) closed it down and sells the lot. A handful of active neighbours are collecting signatures at the Astron Petition below, and try to persuade the Ministry of Culture about its architectural merits and the need to be preserved.
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