Romance Theater

2 East Main Street,
Rexburg, ID 83440

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Romance Theater Before 1976 Flood

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Opened in 1917 as the Rex Theater and through the years had various owners and operators.

In 1976, when it was called the Romance Theater, it was damaged by the Teton Dam flood. The theater, after being rebuilt, was renamed the Westwood Theater and finally sold to Carmike Cinemas in 1988.

Carmike Cinemas, which has another three-screen theater in this town of 14,300, operated it until closing it on March 29, 2001. In around 2006, it was reopened as a community arts center, and in 2011 was renamed Romance Theatre again.

Although it is not on the National Register of Historic places, it is near the Madison County Courthouse which is on the Register.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 2, 2008 at 2:12 am

Given the name of the town, I think the answer is there were two different theaters.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2008 at 2:28 am

Here is a Rex Theater in Rexburg, Idaho that is open. Maybe its the same Rex Theater from the 1967 IMPA. I don’t think this Rex is listed here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2008 at 2:46 am

The address for the operating Rex Theater is:

475 N 2nd E
Rexburg, ID 83440

If you want to add it, be my guest.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 2, 2008 at 2:52 am

No, I added two already today. Go ahead and add it if you want to.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2008 at 3:00 am

I’m not sure what the correct name is for this theater. I think it should be listed as “The Rex”. I’ll add it with both of our names since I wouldn’t have found it if you hadn’t mentioned the other Rex Theater.

Trishb55
Trishb55 on August 31, 2008 at 7:18 am

The Rex/Romance theatre was built and originally owned by my paternal grandfather, Mark C. Madison. According to a Rexburg newspaper article by Holly Speer dated Mar.30,2001, It opened as the Rex Theatre and played it’s first show on Feb. 22,1917. It’s name was changed to the Columbia for a short time, then back to the Rex. It was remodled in 1935, and was given it’s new name of the Romance. Prior to 1917, there were two other theatres in Rexburg; the Star and the Electric. Both of these were run by my Grandfather Madison. Since this theatre is of sentimental and family history interest to me, I would welcome any information or articles about it. I am confused about how this site works – a general search stated that there were thousands of items on this particular theatre, yet gave me nothing but a list of other article in no way connected to it. I tried an advanced search, which said “nothing found”! I also cannot find the articles talked about in this post. Clue me in!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2009 at 8:58 pm

This was the Westwood in 1984.

camdand
camdand on November 19, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Some of the confusion about the rex/romance may be because there is a newer theater (475 N 2nd E) that is now called The Rex. It was built around 2005 (don’t quote me on the year) and was first operated by American Family Entertainment Centers (AFEC). After a few years of struggling, AFEC left and the property owner hired out management of it and the name was shortly after changed to “The Rex”.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

This has been renamed the Romance Theatre.

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