Historic Greek Theater to Shut Down in Melbourne

cinema australiaOne of the most historic theaters in Melbourne, which had been showing Greek films for decades, will shut down permanently in 2015.

Astor theater was built in 1936 and during the 60s, 70s and 80s used to operate as a Greek cinema. Furthermore, it hosted several Greek theatrical performances and concerts by Greek artists.

Greek-Australian Stathis Raftopoulos was the late owner of Astor theater, while his nephew, George Florence, used to operate the establishment. After his disagreement with the current owner, Ralph Taranto, he decided to shut it down.

The announcement saddened many Greeks who were regulars at the theater and has received a lot of media attention in Australia.