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The Astor Theatre

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Published January 19th 2014
Going back in time to see Back to the Future
Astor Theatre

A friend and I saw the Back to the Future marathon at the Astor Theatre. It's a beautiful old cinema which transports you into another decade. Everybody was lining up to view the movie in the beautifully styled foyer with a large oval cut in the roof so people from the second storey can look down and admire the comfortable couches, plants and marble floor below.

We were handed two ticket stubs by a friendly usher and walked up the stairs, past the over-priced beverage counter, and into the cinema. The cinema has two tiers and can seat an entire school. We paid $24 each for all three Back to the Future movies and were there from 4pm until 11:30pm at night, which is excellent value for a great night.

Before they began each movie an omnipresent voice was heard from the speakers which asked that all phones and electronic devices be switched off. A few people still had theirs on and the same voice called out again that they could see these people with their phone on and "once again could they turn them off." I thought this was great, not just because seeing fully-grown men put their phones away like chided children was amusing, but because it told me that the Astor theatre is serious about giving you a great cinematic experience.

The Astor plays a lot of classic films on the big-screen. They also put on audience participation nights where everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters, sing along and yell out famous movie quotes, which can be more entertaining than the film itself.

The Astor Theatre is a great place to go for the aesthetics. They play some brilliant movies and are serious about making sure you enjoy your night.

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Why? For a great night at the flicks.
When: All the time
Phone: (03) 9510 1414
Where: St Kilda, on the corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road
Cost: $12 - $24
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