25 West Hastings Street,
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Previously operated by: First National Theatres
Styles: Spanish Baroque
Fondly remembered by those growing up as kids in the 1930’s and 1940’s, influenced by Tom Mix and Westerns, the Rex Theatre and its brightly lit facade was part of the ornate theatres once operating in the city. The Rex Theatre opened December 20, 1913. Vaudeville shows were performed here as well.
The area declined when the main business and retail ventured westward. The popularity of television also led to the demise of the Rex Theatre. Although the theatre is no longer standing as built, upon it’s demise, the structure was gutted and retrofitted into the existing Army & Navy Department Store in 1959. Only parts of the original interior plaster work still exist though not visible due to modernization.
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