deird1: Kennedy and Willow being romantic (Kennedy and Willow)
[personal profile] deird1
Going to the Astor is rather like going back in time. It has balconies, and chandeliers, and lots of wonderful things designed to make patrons think of going to the cinema as a real night on the town.

It also has a weird colour scheme from about the sixties, but that adds to the charm.

The boyfriend and I went to the Astor last night, to see two anime features. I've been hearing about this place for years: a standard back-of-the-toilet-door accessory in share houses is the Astor's poster of upcoming features. But I've never been before.

One thing I enjoyed was the previews. I'm used to the LATEST 21ST CENTURY MOVIES!!! previews, but because of the Astor's unusual movie preferences, you're more likely to get previews for
a) foreign subtitled movies you've never heard of
b) really really old movies with corny STARRING THE RADIANT AUDREY HEPBURN announcements
c) really really old foreign subtitled movies you've never heard of
All very fascinating.

So - among other things, I have now seen Spirited Away, and my uni friends can stop bugging me to watch it.

Date: 2011-01-17 10:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
There was a theatre JUST LIKE THAT where I went for most of my life. *sighs and misses it sorely*


Date: 2011-01-17 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] a2zmom
There are some gorgeous old movie theaters here that show classic films.

Here's a virtual tour of The Landmark. Isn't it amazing? I saw Beck there a few years ago.

What did you think of Spirited Away? I loved the story and the animation blew me away.

Date: 2011-01-18 09:38 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
how cool is their manual ticketing system, Matt loved that when I went with him, it was so fast! Kerith

Date: 2011-01-18 10:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Astor is wonderful, isn't it. Best way to see a picture.

Date: 2011-01-18 10:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
PS: Three cheers to the local school for buying it and making sure it stayed open.


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