Rex Cinema

23-25 Alderley Road,
Wilmslow, SK9 1HY

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Rex Cinema

The Rex Cinema sits on the main junction in the centre of Wilmslow in the south of Greater Manchester.

Built by, and operated by the Stansby family throughout its entire lifespan as a cinema. It is an Art Deco styled red brick building with cream rendered panels and tall windows, it still retains the ‘REX’ signage above the front doors. The Rex Cinema opened on 15th October 1936 with Errol Flynn in “Captain Blood”.

The auditorium had a 35 feet wide proscenium and there was a 40 feet deep stage which was was well used until 1985, when plans were proposed to seal off the stalls area and create a cinema in the circle. There was a cafe provided for the convenience of patrons. The auditorium runs parallel to the street and it is now a mix of retail and leisure units. The lobby, cafe and part of the auditorium are a Multiyork furniture store, the rear of the auditorium is split into bars and cafes.

Next to the front doors is the archway entry to the car park (still in use).
The cinema closed on 8th June 1995 with “An Awfully Big Adventure”, by that point the cinema was just operating in the 338-seat circle area and the stalls were a large book shop. In late-summer 2018 it was announced that the Rex Cinema would be reopening as boutique twin screens following renovations.

Contributed by woody

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

projectionman on October 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

the projection room and the circle cinema are still there anongst all the other shops its like going back in time i have the orcon lamphouse off the westar in this cinema

Roger_T on October 17, 2016 at 1:29 am

From time to time I’ve wondered about the practicality of reopening the REX as a small community cinema. I don’t recall the original layout ~ access may prove to be a problem given that much of the building is now used as retail space.

alexanderb on February 22, 2018 at 6:32 am

Hello eveybody. The Wilmslow Town Council are looking into the possibility of re-opening the Rex, so if you would like to see this happen please spread the word.

davepring on February 26, 2018 at 5:07 am

I hope the Rex is reopened as a cinema. the circle is still intact…not sure about the state of the original stalls or stage. It would make a great community arts centre.

davepring on February 27, 2018 at 8:01 am

I have contacted Everyman Cinemas who have expressed interest in reopening the cinema and are contacting the owners.

Roger_T on July 10, 2018 at 4:35 pm

Roger_T on July 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Roger_T on July 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm

davepring on September 2, 2018 at 7:23 am

This cinema is finally reopening! It is being refurbished and will be a twin screen boutique cinema It will be operated by the Mundin family who also refurbished the Savoy Heston Moor.

davepring on September 6, 2018 at 11:03 am

This cinema should be listed as renovating now. Work in progress to refurbish the circle screen and build a second screen in the former dance hall

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