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Saw Bambi, Rescuers, Jaws and I think Star Wars 1 (IV), used to love The Rex as a kid.

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I can remember seeing The Robe and a Woody Woodpecker film not sure which was the first though.

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I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and Dirty Harry and James Bond there. When did it close?

 

..i think it was demolished in 1982

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i think the first film i saw at the rex was grease

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My first film at the Rex was Curse of the Werewolf with Oliver Reed in 1961.

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The Rex Cinema opened 24th July 1939, first film shown was Men with wings.

It closed December 1982, the last films shown were Gregory's Girl and Chariots of Fire.

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We used to see a lot of "double bills" there. They used to pair up a lot of films that had just come off general release, sort of like DVD now. Great VFM.

 

Off the top of my head we went to see How To Steal A Diamond with Robert Redford shortly after release in 1972, and The Rex paired it with Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid from 1969 as a "trailer". Excellent. I also remember seeing Return to the Planet Of The Apes in 1975 shortly after release, paired up with the 1968 original as a taster.

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i remeber the rex very well i used to live just above it it was was a right grotty flea pitbut never the les not to bad it was owed by two sisters who lived across the road fom it and from what i could gather they did all the tcleaning and sold tickets i first saw star wars there i remember the sound being terific

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We used to walk over from Hopefield Avenue to watch double bills of the Children Film Foundation films on Sat mornings - either with my brother or a mate. We'd watch cheaply made British rubbish about adventures at sea, or robots, un-exploded bombs left over from the war and there was one that I'm sure had the Double Deckers in it (did they do a film ?). we'd eat sweets and drink Ki-Ora and we loved it.

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