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Previously operated by: J.B. Milne Theatres
Architects: Thomas Bowhill Gibson
Located in the Corstorphine district of Edinburgh. Opened at 2pm on Wednesday 1st January 1930 with an organ solo (2Manual/4Ranks Ingram organ) played by Mr Lyndon Laird, followed by the film “Fox Movietone Follies of 1929” starring John Breeden. Seating was in a stadium style for 1,368. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. It had a 15 feet deep stage and two dressing rooms.
The Astoria Cinema had been taken over the J.B. Milne Theatres circuit by 1963. J.B. Milne died in 1968 and the circuit was taken over by Kingsway Entertainments. The Astoria Cinema was closed in 1974 and was demolished in 1976. The site is now (2012) occupied by a supermarket (Iceland).
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Additional photos of The Astoria can be seen here.
In fact the Astoria had a unique 2 manual 4 rank INGRAM organ and has recently been destroyed in an arson attack
madorganplayer is incorrect in his comment on the unique 2 manual 4 rank INGRAM organ from the now demolished Astoria cinema as it is currently owned by the Corstorphine Trust and is under restoration. The prior owner, Charles Davidson, suffered an arson attack at his storage facility where he lost 8 rescued church organs, 21 electronic organs and an electric pianola BUT NOT THE INGRAM.