Astor Theatre

306 E. Main Street,
Durham, NC 27701

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Previously operated by: B & B Theatres, Blumenthal Circuit

Previous Names: Russell Theatre, State Theatre

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Astor Theatre

Blumenthal Theatres opened the Astor Theatre in 1950 in the downtown area of Durham. Seating was listed at 260 so a small theatre by all means. Blumenthal operated it until 1955 and then B&B Theatres took over operations until its closing.

The Astor Theatre closed in 1975 and has since been demolished. Any further information on the Astor Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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asedmonds on November 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

The wonderful blog, Endangered Durham, lists the Astor at 306 E Main Street, which is on the SE corner of Main and Roxboro. Read the full blog entry, complete with photos, here.

The address is confirmed by the City Directories. The space was formely occupied by the State, Russell, and New Theatres (this latter one listed in 1935).

JSRaleigh on March 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

This theater closed some time in the late 50s or early 60s and the building was used as a pentecostal church until some time in the late 90s.

I’m not sure when the building was demolished. I think the building was still there in 2005.

rivest266 on October 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Here’s what I found about this theatre

  • September 25th, 1936 opened as Russel (one L only)

  • February 6th, 1937 renamed State

  • July 24th, 1942 reopened as Ellis by Blumental Circuit

  • September 22nd, 1946 reopened as Astor

  • 1950-1955 owner: Blumenthal Circuit

  • 1960-1975 owner: B & B Theatre Corp.

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