23 Amherst Street,
Manchester, NH 03101

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Opened May 30, 1940, the former Rex Theatre was renamed King Cinema and finally The Movies. After closing in the mid-1980’s, it became a nightclub named Club Liquid. The theatre is currently owned by Star Theaters out of Massachusetts. It was converted into a nightclub by the current lease holders. They piled all the seats in the back of the theatre… which caught on fire. The nightclub reopened as Realm and proved popular with the 18-24 crowd. It had closed in 2014 and the building is ‘For Sale’.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

The entry for Manchester architect Norris W. Corey in the 1956 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the Rex Theatre as one of his projects.

DavidSimpson on August 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

As can be seen from the photographs I took in July 2012, the nightclub was by then called ‘Realm’.

formermovieguy on June 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

After the Rex, this theater was called the King.

Later, it became The Movies, and at some point was tripled. A new cross wall was built where the floor seating started in the original auditorium, and the front half of the house was split, with seats facing uphill to screens on the new wall.

In the mid-1980s, The Movies played a mix of films, including some offbeat first runs (Re-Animator), and revivals (1962 Manchurian Candidate). This was also the local venue for a weekly midnight Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm

The nightclub is closed and the building is currently vacant.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm

This web page says that the Rex Theatre first opened on May 30, 1940, operated as an independent, second-run house by Lucien Descoteaux. The Rex closed on November 15, 1958, but reopened on May 24, 1961, then apparently closed again in 1962.

Other sources indicate that at some point (probably 1962 or later), Descoteaux sold the house to the Shea circuit. Shea remodeled the Rex and renamed it the King Cinema. By 1980, it had been renamed again, to The Movies. As formermovieguy’s earlier comment notes that The Movies was still operating in the mid-1980s, that should probably be the way we list it, with Rex Theatre and King Cinema as aka’s.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 3, 2015 at 10:53 am

When the M-G-M agent came to Manchester in the spring of 1941 to survey the movie theaters, he listed the Rex as a competing theater to the others, but, for some reason, he never filled out a report for it. Two other Manchester theaters which he left out of the survey were the Globe and the Modern.

Texas2step on June 29, 2017 at 4:55 pm

As Joe Vogel previously posted, this one opened on May 30, 1940.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm

The current Google street view shows only one sign on the building, that being a “For Sale” sign posted by Stebbins Commercial Properties.

This web page indicates that the building has been bought by the Manchester Development Corporation, on behalf of the city, and it was to have been renovated as a home for the Old Sol Music Hall, with its opening planned for 2018. However, the latest news on the Old Sol web site says that the deal has fallen through.

I can’t find anything more recent telling of what is to become of the Rex’s building, but presumably the city still owns it and it is currently not in use.

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