211 S. Main Street,
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The sizeable but little-remembered Rex Theatre was on the east side of Main Street at the intersection of State Street in downtown Racine, Wisconsin, across from the more prominent Bate/Orpheum/RKO Main Street Theatre. It was an early photoplay house with a 5-cent ticket admission price, and faded early on from the roster of Racine’s theatres, leaving the Main Street Theatre to anchor that corner into 1954.
However, the Rex Theatre outlasted the Main Street Theatre (which was demolished in 1959) by becoming a bowling parlor lasting into into the 1960’s, but with very little of the original interior remaining to remind patrons of its original history and purpose.
The Rex Theatre and adjoining buildings were cleared before 1970 to create open green space and parkland. However, there are two very rare photographs of the Rex at the Racine Granada website (see link) which is also archiving photos and other material on other Racine and Racine-area theatres.
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