The Astor Theatre

The Old Astor Theatre

The Astor Theatre

THE VENUE – THE HISTORIC ASTOR

The Astor Theatre is located in the town of Liverpool, in the heart of the Region of Queens. Opened in 1902, the theatre has the distinction of being the oldest performing arts venue still in use in the province.

As a community theatre, the Astor serves patrons of all ages from three surrounding counties (Queens, Lunenburg, and Shelburne), as well as Halifax, Yarmouth, and the Annapolis Valley. It can seat 324 patrons on the main floor, with an additional 61 seats available in the balcony.

Designated a heritage property, the theatre retains the classic look of a century old facility. The high, rounded ceilings and original plaster walls contribute to the Astor’s incredible acoustics, making the theatre an enjoyable place to take in a concert, movie, or play. Originally named the Liverpool Opera House, the theatre played host to a variety of popular performers in the early years, both local and touring.

For the latter portion of its long life the Astor was known primarily as a movie house. But by the late 1980’s, interest in presenting live entertainment in Liverpool was growing, and the Astor began featuring live shows with local talent and Maritime performers. With new management, the presence of some very artistic people in the community, and a partnership with the amateur theatre company, the Winds of Change, the Astor theatre transformed itself into a true community theatre. Today, the theatre is dedicated to offering a variety of the best entertainment available, and is home to numerous local festivals and events.

The operation of the Astor Theatre is overseen by a charitable organization called the Astor Theatre Society.