Rex Theatre

214 5th Avenue N,
Nashville, TN 37219

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Previously operated by: Crescent Amusement Co.

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Rex Theatre

The Rex Theatre was opened on April 12, 1912. By 1950 it was operated by the Crescent Amusement Co. It had closed by 1957. The Fifth Third Center was built on the site in 1986.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

TLSLOEWS on July 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Yes I was aware of these I have posted on all but the Bordeaux, and and Old Hickory I believe,I will check them out if I havent already, I need one of your books.You forgot the 1st and 2nds Princess and my Crescent. Thanks Mike.

TLSLOEWS on July 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm

This theatre was located by the Alalambra in the same block as the Ryman Auditorium if I am not mistaken.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Just let me know any theatre in Question and I will do my best with the Almanac to find them.

TLSLOEWS on July 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Thanks Mike I know but I lot of these theatres date well before 1956,but any info will help.

TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm

The Rex mainly showed cowboy movies and had no restrooms.

TLSLOEWS on September 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I read on another site that the Rex operated from 1920-1950.

TLSLOEWS on September 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm

By the way there were 4 Elite theatres in Nashville,only one is listed on C.T.

DavePrice on September 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm

The Rex was a Crescent house. I have a newspaper clipping showing the Crescent execs standing in the entrance of the Rex.

The Rex was ten (10) seats wide and showed “C” pictures if there is such a grade. They would have a double feature (both very old) and then several worn out shorts, also from years back.

It was claimed that rats were sometimes seen in the Rex.

It cost 12¢ to get in but the mosaic on the lobby floor said 10¢.

DavePrice on September 19, 2010 at 12:05 am

The Ryman is between Commerce and Broad. The various movie theaters we have discussed on Fifth Avenue were between Union and Church. This includes the Alhambra, Rex, Fifth Avenue, Strand, one of the Elites, two of the Crescents, the Dixie, the Rialto and the Crystal.

rivest266 on December 3, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Opened on April 12th, 1912. Grand opening ad posted.

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