5 Medomsley Road,
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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.
Architects: J.W. Father
Styles: Art Deco
Located in Consett, County Durham. Built on the site of the Tivoli Ballroom, the Rex Cinema was opened on 15th December 1938. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 35 feet wide, and it had a small stage, plus two dressing rooms. The Rex Cinema was equipped with an organ (make unknown).
The Rex Cinema was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain on 5th March 1943. The continued to operate the cinema for the remainder of its life.
The Rex Cinema was destroyed by a fire in the early morning of 11th June 1966. A Job Centre Plus now stands on the site.
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Two shots of the Front Stalls uploaded. This cinema seemed to be ‘jinxed’ going by what the ‘old timers’ of ABC used to tell me eg the boiler house blowing up and the roof blowing off (Consett is on top of a very high hill).
Anyway, it burned down in 1966 and the story goes that the Manager, George Clark, rang ABC’s Managing Director, Jack Goodlatte in the middle of the night to tell him the bad news only to be asked the question, “Has it burned RIGHT down, Mr Clark?” and, upon being advised that such was the case, the MD was overjoyed…..
A good set of pictures Terry….