Rex Cinema

15 North Street,
Bedminster,
Bristol, BS3

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ABC Rex Cinema

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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 and war restrictions on construction.

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 of 1,634.

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 Cinema.

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 as a Gala Bingo Club until closing in late-2010. It was demolished in January 2014.

Contributed by Peter123

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nxylas
nxylas on February 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

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.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on February 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

My late American stepfather was stationed in Bristol with the U.S. Navy during WW2 and wanted to remain there after the war but was refused permission to stay. He was, like me, a movie fan and told me that he went to the local cinemas when time allowed.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm

A photo of the Rex Cinema’s entrance c. 1961 can be seen here.

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