604 S. Virginia Street,
604 S. Virginia Street,Amarillo, TX 79106
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August 2nd, 1935 grand opening ad as well as the opening ad for the old Rex from July 2nd, 1930 in photo section.
The “New” Rex Theatre opened August 2, 1935 with 500 seats downs stairs at 25 cents each and 350 in the balcony at 15 cents each. The 16’ by 20’ screen showed Will Rogers’ Judge Priest. The New Rex replaced the former Rex Theater which had just opened five years earlier on July 2, 1930 at 3503 W. 6th Ave. with “On with the Show” with both Vitaphone and Movietone sound equipment. It would become the Lyric which was open into the 1960s before becoming a church. On February 18, 1956, the newer Rex closed with “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” and “The Night Holds Terror.”
I grew up on Virginia Street, two blocks north of the Rex Theater. Lived there from 1946 to 1961. Lots of memories. Saw “The Thing” there in 1953 when I was 10 years old…
From the Rex in Amarillo a close up of the Lady in the Window.
From 2010 a photo of the Rex Theatre builing in Amarillo.