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Anyone know the screen dimensions for this cinema? I remember the screen as being huge, but then, I was much smaller when I used to go there as a kid. I was wondering how it compared to today’s multiplexes.
As late as 1980? That surprises me. I was born in 1967 and grew up in Bristol, so I remember a lot of now-defunct cinemas that were open in the ‘70s, such as the Gaiety, the Gaumont and the Concorde. But I don’t remember the Rex.
The style for this cinema was actually Bristol Byzantine, an Ottoman-inspired architectural style unique to the city. But since you have to select a style from a drop-down menu, I suppose Art Deco was the closest of the options on offer.
According to the IMDb, the film that opened this cinema was actually called “Drake of England” (US title: “Drake the Pirate”), and its star was Matheson Lang, not Long. It was made in 1935, making it already 2 years old when the cinema opened.