Ten Years Ago: London’s Astoria Theatre closes for good, Jan 2009 – in photos

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Here’s the sad sight of the Astoria Theatre in central London after it had closed its doors for good in January 2009.

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Opening at a cinema in 1927, the 2,000 capacity venue was converted for use as a theatre in 1976, and from 1985 until the 14th Jan, 2009 it was exclusively used as a music venue and night club.

Some of the world’s greatest bands played the Astoria, including the Beach Boys, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Blur, Radiohead, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Oasis, Prince, U2, Eminem and The White Stripes. It also witnessed the last performance of the Manic Street Preachers’ Richey Edwards.

My favourite gigs there were Amy Winehouse in Feb 2007 and Le Tigre in April 2004. I also enjoyed many a drunken night upstairs in the rock nightclub upstairs.

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Wikipedia takes up the story of the venue’s demise:

In January 2009 the property was compulsory purchased for the Crossrail development, despite public opposition and an online petition. Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone confirmed that the venue “can’t be saved”.[7]

The nightclub G-A-Y left the Astoria in July 2008 and moved to the Heaven nightclub. The Astoria hosted its final night on 14 January 2009, co-organised by Get Cape Wear Cape Fly’s Sam Duckworth in aid of Billy Bragg’s Jail Guitar Doors charity and Love Music Hate Racism. Acts included The Automatic, My Vitriol and ex-Mansun singer Paul Draper, Frank Turner, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and The King Blues. London Astoria 2 also had a closing party, headlined by rock band Open The Skies, with support from Outcry Fire, F.A.T.E and Orakai.

By October 2009, the venue had been demolished completely.

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Ten Years Ago: London's Astoria Theatre closes for good, January 2009

Chat about The Astoria on our forum

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Read more about the Astoria on Wikipedia
See archive photos in this excellent historical piece