Rex Theatre

18 N. Palafox Street,
Pensacola, FL 32502

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Previously operated by: ABC Theatres, Paramount Pictures Inc., Saenger Amusement Company

Firms: Yonge & Hart

Functions: Church, Movies

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Cinema 'n Drafthouse

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Rex Theatre ... Pensacola Florida .. 1986

Rex Theatre opened November 21, 1937 with Wendy Barrie in “A Girl With Ideas”, the building was a conversion of a former furniture store by architectural firm Yonge & Hart of Pensacola, FL.

The theatre was closed in 1977. It briefly reopened as a Cinema ‘n Drafthouse on July 23, 1982. Once the theatre closed the building went through several renovations and in 2012 was purchased by the Harvest Church who renovated the building and moved in April 17, 2015. The building is used as a live theatre and screens movies once a month.

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Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Here are my pictures from September 2010.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm

From 2011 a photo of the Rex Theatre in Pensacola.

dickneeds111 on June 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Can somebody please put up some information about the Pen and Florida theatres in Pensacola. Being stationed there in 1959-60, 1964-1965 and then again in the 80’s I visited these theatres many times besides the Saenger.

tntim on February 21, 2015 at 1:28 am

Here is an update on the renovation of the Rex Theatre by the Harvest Church. Link

Bren on April 20, 2015 at 1:24 am

The theater recently underwent an extensive restoration and I am happy to say it has now reopened as of April 17, 2015. Great to see yet another part of downtown Pensacola be brought back to life.

rivest266 on March 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm

This reopened as Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse on July 23rd, 1982.

rivest266 on December 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm

Opened on November 21st, 1937.

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DavidZornig on March 26, 2018 at 7:45 pm

1947 photo added credit UWF Library. Black glossy facade on the storefronts to the left was called Vitrolite.

reed4 on July 4, 2020 at 6:01 am

Status should be changed to open. The restoration is beautiful. Generation Church meets here, but the building was restored as a theatre used by a church. Pensacola Cinema Art exhibits movies about once a month.

Brandon Barkley
Brandon Barkley on February 23, 2023 at 3:52 am

The space is rented out to a convention I am going to this weekend. I am going to try to poke around and determine if the movies being shown are DCP. I’ll try to report back.

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