The Astor’s new street-side café is perfect for a pre- or post-movie tipple
Fans of The Shining will recognise the name. It's an ode to the fictional Overlook Hotel, the eerie setting of Stephen King’s 1977 novel and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation.
Following in the footsteps of its grand next-door neighbour, the Astor Theatre, Overlook's theme recalls Art Deco and old Hollywood glamour. Look closer, though, and you'll spot an even deeper link to The Shining: on the wall is a photograph seen in the final moments of the film – a shot taken back in 1921 at the Overlook Hotel, but, chillingly, featuring Jack 'Here's Johnny' Torrance front and centre.
That said, there's nothing creepy about Overlook: the friendly space features framed vintage film posters, green pot plants and single-seater leather booths. The space is accented by gold industrial light fixtures, wooden highlights and bar stools beside the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Being linked to the Astor is a huge plus; it won't be long before Overlook becomes the go-to spot for post-show movie dissection.
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