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Astor Theatre, Surat Conservation Management Plan

Astor Theatre

The Astor Theatre was built in c1925 and is located in the main street of Surat, a small town in south-west Queensland. The building was initially an open-air theatre with earth floor. The central section was later enclosed with a roof and a timber floor constructed. Regular screenings ceased in the 1980s but the building has remained substantially unchanged with seating, screen, projector room and equipment still intact.

The theatre was one of many erected throughout Queensland in the 1920s and 1930s as the cinema became a very popular and captivating form of entertainment. Most theatres erected during this period have either been demolished or adapted for other uses. The Astor Theatre is one of the few intact theatres from this era surviving in Queensland.

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