15 North Street,
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The Rex cinema opened in North Street, Bedminster, Bristol on the 9th December 1940, the opening film Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca”. When the cinema opened it only had the stalls on ground floor in operation seating just over 1,200, the circle was not added until 1954, due to the shortage of steel due to the war restrictions.
During the heavy bombing of Bristol the cinema was hit by a bomb on Good Friday 1941, putting the cinema out of action for four months.
After the circle was finally added in 1954, this added a further 483 seats, making the total capacity just over 1600.
Always a very popular suburban cinema, it remained a single screen operation until ABC disposed of the lease to an independent operator in 1978, and reverting back to its original name of Rex.
Remaining in independent control for a further two years, the final film to play was “Superman” in 1980.
The cinema was converted into a bingo hall, and remained open today as a Gala Bingo Club until closing in late-2010.
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