Gaumont Rex

56 Rue de Rome,
Marseille 13001

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Previously operated by: Gaumont France

Firms: Chirie & Banera

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Rex Cinema

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Gaumont Rex

Replacing an earlier Rex Cinema which was destroyed by bombs on May 27, 1944 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). Opened on 29th October 1947, the Rex Cinema was a large city centre cinema which had two entrances: one on Rue de Rome and a second entrance at the rear on Rue Saint-Ferreol. There was a total seating capacity for 2,000, located in orchestra, mezzanine and 2nd balcony levels. There were 1,000-seats in the orchestra, 400-seats in the mezzanine, 100 in the loges and 500-seats in the grand balcony. There was standing room provided for 500 places. On the side-walls each side of the proscenium were two large sculptures. At the time and into the 1950’s it was one of the premiere cinemas in the city centre. By 1957 the seating capacity had been reduced to 1,644.

Taken over by the Gaumont France chain, it was divided into 3-screens in 1978 with 900-seats in Rex 1, 400-seats in Rex 2 and 200-seats in Rex 3. It was closed in 1985.

It has since been demolished and replaced by shops.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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