After long term Astor staffers Steve and Jock finished up their intro, George said a few words. For anyone who missed the event, here’s a transcript of what George said and some pics of the great night, too.
Thank you Steve and Jock – without your fine efforts we could not have run The Astor, Thanks also to Tara and Andy for your invaluable services.
We think The Astor is the most amazing cinema in the world, and part of what makes it that is having the most amazing staff in the world.
Thank you to all past and present staff- you have been wonderful.
Also thank you to all our suppliers: Shimon from Tel Aviv – who has made our cakes since 1984, the same delicious cakes for all that time, and to Chandra the Bliss Ball lady, Dairy Bell who supply the key ingredient to our Choc-Ice and many others we have been trading with since 1982.
Thank you to all the film companies who have supported our somewhat unique programming style and have facilitated the many special events, including Q&A’s, new print and digital restoration re-releases.
Most importantly thank you to our audience, without you our mission would not be fulfilled.
We are asked many times “What makes the Astor Experience?”
Recall a scene in Jacques Tati’s wondrous Mon Oncle – a man is in a barren field with a rickety old oven making pastries with flair and relish. Groups of kids repeatedly go back to the man – a memory that will stay with them forever, not because they like pastries, but because that man made them with Soul. Soul is the essence, the same soul that Toto and Alfredo put into Cinema Paradiso’s projection room, its patrons never forgetting that experience either.
Soul is the essence; it is what you take away as part of the memory of your experience here.
We are pleased to announce that Palace Cinemas have acquired our business and they have undertaken to maintain The Astor Experience.
Please give Palace your support, after they begin operations in this hallowed space in June.
Thank you for your attendance, loyalty and support over the last 32 years.
Now, as I start projecting my favourite movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey for the last time, I bid you all a fond farewell.
The End – George Florence.