Rex Theater

240 A Street West,
Vale, OR 97918

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Rex Theatre, Vale, OR -- 2010

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The Rex Theater was opened October 1914, with a seating capacity for 300.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 23, 2007 at 7:42 am

If thats the case, why don’t you enlighten us by posting the year of the Film Daily Yearbook that the Rex Theater first appears in.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 23, 2007 at 7:54 am

1926 volume, but that was the first year that Film Daily Year Books listed Oregon theatres, so the Rex could have been operating even before that.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 23, 2007 at 1:17 pm

This photo shows the Rex Theater on the left. The movie title on the marquee, “A Medal for Benny” was released in 1945 according to Imdb.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 24, 2007 at 6:24 am

The Rex probably went through re-buildings over the years. The 1926 FDYB gives a seating capacity of only 100.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 24, 2007 at 7:04 am

That is a possiblity. The Rex could have been expanded over the years to its current size. Its also possible that there was more than one Rex Theater and the larger building replaced the smaller one. I’m just guessing. It would be great if someone from Vale, Oregon could fill in the blanks for this theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

This was the Rex in 1981.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on August 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm

This photograph of the Rex Theater was taken in 2010.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

1981 picture is better than 2010.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 27, 2012 at 4:10 am

A small photo of the Rex Theatre was published in the August 28, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World. The caption says that the operator of the Rex, J. B. Quesinberry, had been among the magazine’s subscribers for several years.

If Mr. Quesinberry had been operating the Rex throughout that time (the caption doesn’t say,) this theater might have been opened even before 1910, and could now be one of the oldest operating movies theaters in the country.

The 1926 FDYB report of the seating capacity must have been an error. The caption of the 1915 photo says that the Rex had 300 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 9, 2014 at 8:30 am

According to this article, the Rex Theater opened in October of 1914.

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