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Astoria
Astoria Nybrogatan 2010.jpg
Astoria's entrance in 2010
Coordinates59°20′05″N 18°04′39″E / 59.33472°N 18.07750°E / 59.33472; 18.07750
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Astoria was a cinema in Stockholm, located on Nybrogatan, a street in the Östermalm district. When it closed, it was one of the last single screen cinemas in Stockholm.[1]

It was the flagship of the Astoria Cinemas chain which declared bankruptcy in 2007.

Astoria was established in 1928 in an existing property at Nybrogatan 15 by Axel Adling [se]. The assignment was from Adling's childhood friend, film director Anders Sandrew [se]. Astoria was his first "big cinema". Astoria was used extensively for film premieres, not only for Sandrew's own productions but also from Europafilm which did not have a large cinema of its own.

When Astoria opened on 8 September 1928, it had 820 seats of which 119 were on the stands and the balconies. Behind the screen, there was a stage to be used for vaudeville and live theatre, as well as space for a 12-man orchestra to accompany silent films.[2] The premises were lavishly decorated with marble floors in the foyer and a curtain designed by the artist Bertil Damm [se]. Minor changes to the decor occurred in 1931 and 1944.

In 1959 the cinema went through a complete renovation, removing the balconies in the lounge to install a brighter parquet. The projection room was enlarged and equipped with projectors to display 70 mm film. The number of seats was reduced to 678. Later seating upgrades reduced the number of seats further. In 2006, the number of seats was 501.[3]

The planned demolition of building Astoriahuset ("the Astoria House") has later become a political issue in Stockholm.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. Berglund, K. (1993). Stockholms alla biografer: ett stycke Stockholmshistoria från 90-tal till 90-tal (in svenska). Svenska turistföreningen. pp. 231–232. ISBN 978-91-7156-113-8. Retrieved 6 August 2018. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Natzén, Christopher (2010). "The Coming of Sound Film in Sweden 1928–1932: New and Old Technologies". Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis. Stockholm cinema studies. Stockholm: Stockholms universitet Humanistiska fakulteten. Filmvetenskapliga institutionen. (10). ISBN 978-91-86071-45-5. ISSN 1653-4859.
  3. Gustafsson, Cecilia (8 August 2005). "Sandrews vill bli Astoria Cinemas". Sydsvenskan (in svenska). Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. Wirén, Patrik. " Omstridda rivningar gynnar SD inför valet", StockholmDirekt. Published 3 April 2018. Accessed on 9 August 2018.
  5. Andersson, Elisabeth. "Nya Astoriahuset ger girigheten ett ansikte", Svenska Dagbladet. Published 25 January 2018. Accessed on 9 August 2018.



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