Melbourne’s Astor Theatre Has Itself A New Resident Kitty

The much beloved Astor Theatre in Melbourne – a grand old dame that nowadays serves as a repertory cinema, showing classic films and double features – has had a torrid past few years.

With rumours of its demise and financial issues running rife, the cinema was seemingly on the brink of demise on a number of occasions – with the bleakest hours looking like all hope was just about gone.
Worse still, in March of 2013 the cinema’s dear resident cat Marzipan – who among regular visitors was arguably more popular than the cinema itself – sadly passed away.
Since then, the theatres fortunes have thankfully taken a turn for the better, with Palace Cinemas stepping in to ensure the Astor remains open.
And today, the Astor welcomed a brand new friend in the form of a new resident cat by the name of Duke.

Duke, a black-and-white domestic short haired cat, came from the not-for-profit Lost Dogs’ Home as a rescue. The Astor’s general manger Zak Hepburn stated that there had long been questions from patrons as to whether or not the theatre would adopt a new furry friend following Marzipan’s sad demise.

“Since Palace took over the Astor, there have been so many enquiries as to whether we’d get another cat.”

“While Marzipan is irreplaceable, we thought as this year has marked a new chapter for the Astor, why not give Duke a new chapter in his life? And support a worthy cause like Lost Dogs’ Home.”

Naming their new little mate was an easy task, as his cool swagger and cinematic home lent itself almost obviously to Duke – named for screen legend John Wayne.

“When we picked him out, he was pretty relaxed and had such a nonchalant swagger that I immediately knew his name should be Duke.”

Hepburn encouraged filmgoers to say hello to Duke if they spot him whilst at the Astor.

Seriously. Imagine being a cat who lived at a film theatre. SO MANY PLACES TO GET INTO AND HAVE ADVENTURES IN.
Cheers, Duke! I think you’re going to be super stoked on your new home.
Photo via Palace Cinemas.