The Astor Theatre

1 Chapel Street
St Kilda VIC

Contact

03 8660 4888

Box Office Hours

This Box Office is open one (1) hour before the first screening until fifteen (15) minutes after the final screening commences.

All MIFF box offices are cashless so only EFTPOS and credit card are accepted. Cash is not accepted. 

 

The Astor Theatre is a cinema in the grand, old manner. It is the last single-screen cinema of its kind in continuous operation in Melbourne: still standing since its grand opening in 1936, and one of only a few single-screen movie theatres from the 1930s in the world screening repertory movie programming.

Box Office 

The MIFF Box Office is located in the foyer of The Astor on the right. The Box Office is accessible via 4 steps from the main entrance doors or step-free/wheelchair access is through the ramped entrance to the left of the main doors, that leads directly into the Overlook Bar. Turn right and use the ramp to access the foyer and the MIFF Box Office.

Food and Beverage 

The main candy bar is located in the ground floor Foyer. The Overlook Bar, adjacent to the foyer, also operates for evening sessions. There is an additional smaller candy bar upstairs on the Dress Circle level. There is step-free/wheelchair access to the main candy bar and the Overlook Bar via the ramped entrance to the left of the main doors. The cinema is licensed. 

Venue Map

Click here to download the Astor Theatre venue map.

Accessibility

The Astor foyer is accessible from Chapel St via four steps.

For step-free/wheelchair access to the foyer, there is a temporary ramped entrance on the left of the main doors on Chapel St that leads directly into the Overlook Bar. Once inside, take the internal ramp on the right to enter the main foyer. 

Please note: The width of the door with ramped access is 91 cm wide. There is a side entrance through the laneway off Chapel St through two large double doors that also allows step-free access directly into the Stalls seating area if a wider entrance is required. Please see a MIFF FOH staff member when you arrive if you need to use this entrance. 

The Astor is split into two levels – the Stalls level and the Dress Circle level. 

  • The Stalls entrance is via large double doors on the left-hand side of the foyer with step-free access to the rear of the cinema. For step-free/wheelchair access to the front of the cinema, there is a ramp to the far left of the foyer and through a door on the left.
  • The Dress Circle level is up a large staircase in the centre of the main foyer. Head through the Dress Circle foyer and turn right and there are two staircases of approximately 10+ steps that lead up to the Dress Circle seating. There is no step-free/wheelchair access to the Dress Circle.

Please see How to Book Your Ticket if you require step-free and/or wheelchair access at The Astor.

Entry into the Stalls is from the rear of the theatre through large double doors. This entry is step-free/wheelchair accessible.

For step-free/wheelchair access to the front of the cinema, there is a ramp from the main foyer.

Entry into the Dress Circle is up a large multilevel staircase in the centre of the foyer. Entry from the Dress Circle foyer into the Dress Circle is via stairs leading either up towards the back of the Dress Circle or down towards the screen. There is no step-free/wheelchair accessible seating in the Dress Circle. 

The seats inside the Astor are older style seats made of vinyl or leather. The seats are 47cm wide with armrests. The seats have no cupholders or side tables.

Please see How to Book Your Ticket if you require step-free and/or wheelchair accessible seating at The Astor. Please approach a MIFF Front of House staff member for assistance when you arrive at the venue.

There are bathrooms on the foyer level and on the mezzanine level. The foyer bathrooms have step-free access via the ramp off the main foyer.

An accessible bathroom is located along the corridor to the left of the large staircase with step-free/wheelchair access via a ramp. It is the third door on the right. This bathroom is also accessible from the front of the cinema through the right-hand side door when facing the screen.

Getting Here

Tram

Tram

The nearest tram stop is located on the corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road.

Level access tram stops nearby are:

  • Trams 5 and 64:
    • Stop 32 – Chapel Street

For more public transport information, visit ptv.vic.gov.au.

Train

Train

The Astor Theatre is located a five-minute walk from Windsor Train Station.

For more public transport information, visit ptv.vic.gov.au.

Parking

Parking

There is on street parking on Chapel St or surrounding streets near The Astor theatre. 

There is a car park with 260 spaces off Chapel Street on the other side of the intersection from The Astor. Please note that a parking fee is required.

Designated on-street Accessible Parking Bays available at:

  • Chapel Street, opposite The Astor
  • 25–27 Chapel Street
  • 34 Marlton Crescent
  • 27 Redan Street

For more information, please see Port Phillip Council: Access Map.

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