Astor Theatre

730-42 Penn Street,
Reading, PA 19602

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Built on the site of the Arcadia Theater, the Astor Theatre opened in 1928, designed by William H. Lee, and seating 2,478. The Art Deco style theatre, located on Penn Street, operated until 1975. Unfortunately, the Astor Theatre was razed in 1998 to clear the way for the Sovereign Center arena. Some architectural details were salvaged from the Astor Theatre and recycled in the Sovereign Center.

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JimmiB
JimmiB on January 4, 2011 at 7:58 am

Here’s a picture I just came across in my files. The Astor in it’s glory.
After it was taken over by William Goldman it recieved the rounded marquee.
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jtylka
jtylka on January 5, 2011 at 2:00 am

Hi JimmiB since you worked at the Astor I am looking for someone to verify something in a photo that I have. If you can contact me through email or call me 484 769 8766 I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks Jim

jtylka
jtylka on August 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

two glass doors from the Astor are for sale on Reading craigslist

masterJemstar
masterJemstar on September 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Hey I was hoping you could tell me what Year the Greatful Dead played the the Astor I think 1968 and how could I find any photo’s of the Band….not sure if the played as The Warlock’s or the Greatful Dead any info would be nice..would love to know the setlist and how many shows Jerry or the band played. Reading PA

Steerforth
Steerforth on September 7, 2011 at 1:48 am

Maybe September 20, 1976, but the information is scant.

http://tinyurl.com/3p2caup

Steerforth
Steerforth on September 7, 2011 at 1:53 am

Don’t think so. This has all their shows as far as I know.

http://www.dead.net/shows/

slip
slip on September 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

The Grateful Dead never played here but the Jerry Garcia Band performed here on 9/20/76.

slip
slip on September 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

There were early and lates shows… Early setlist They Love Each Other Russian Lullaby After Midnight Stir It Up How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) Who Was John Friend Of The Devil Midnight Moonlight

Late setlist The Way You Do The Things You Do Catfish John Sugaree Knockin' On Heaven’s Door Mystery Train Tore Up Over You Mission In The Rain > My Sisters And Brothers Ride Mighty High

Elvis Presley’s drummer, Ron Tutt, was the Garcia Band’s drummer also, in the same time frame.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Our description says the Astor opened in 1938. This must be a typo. It opened in 1928. The September 11 issue of the Reading Times said that the projected opening date was September 21.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 22, 2014 at 12:06 am

October 3rd, 1928 grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

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