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Astoria Theatre


2003 Photo from the Ken Roe collection
157 Charing Cross Rd
West End (London) UK

Closed Live Theatre
Record #3685  
 Opened: 1927
 Closed: 1976
 Current Use:
 Demolished:
Capacity: 1650 seats
Architect(s): Edward A Stone
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

The Astoria was an elaborate conversion of a former pickle factory. The projection booth was located beneath the circle. A Compton theatre organ was originally installed and in the basement below the auditorium there was a ballroom. The theatre was a long run roadshow house from 1957 and held the world premier of "The Fall of the Roman Empire" in 1964 and it was equipped to screen 70mm film. In its later years of operation as a cinema, it screened second run and first run mediocre films. It then converted to live theatre use, where several musical shows were produced. But this only lasted a couple of years and the building is currently a rock music venue and nightclub in the former main auditorium and another smaller rock venue operates in the former basement ballroom. The theatre has been scheduled for demolition when work starts on the new 'Crosslink' underground rail link.

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December 2003 photos from the Ken Roe collection.


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December 2003 photos from the Klaus Weber collection.


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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 12/10/2005.

 
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