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Posted by Norman Dunn on January 13, 2022, 9:18:01
Todays header is a faded photo of the long gone 'Rex' Cinema on North Farm Rd- Victoria Rd West corner. A Nursing Home called 'Willow Dene' stands there today. As I say on the photo, the Rex was built by the Dawes brothers as their replacement for the old 'Theatre' which was sandwiched betweed Carr St & Lyon St.The Theatre burned down in 1950 and had opened in 1897. Stan Laurel's dad Arthur Jefferson managed it for a time. (Stan was part of the Laurel & Hardy comedy duo).
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Posted by Allan Campbell on January 13, 2022, 9:42:59, in reply to "Todays Header"
Well I would never have thought that the Rex looked like that.
Went there many times. Remember to double seats for us courting couples
I lived in the flats directly behind the Rex for twenty three years (Kent Avenue) and 'watched' it being built. The contractor was a Stephen Buy I think. When the land was a field it was the site for the local bonfire on 5th. Nov. - Happy Days !!
Yes Jim -that is right. If my memory serves me right you were a friend of John Carney who lived in North Farm Road I think that you were a few years younger than me. I think you lived below the Barne's and your Mam worked in Beck's shop or is my memory playing games?
A number of cinemas had those seats, especially the cinemas away from the main city cinemas, they also came in handy at kids matinées,when they reached capacity they would put 3 kids in the double seats to get a few more in.
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Posted by Joseph on January 13, 2022, 17:40:13, in reply to "Todays Header"
Remember seeing a very scary film there, was well below 16 at the time,don't know how I got in had nightmares for years, pharaohs curse It was called.