Rex Cinema

23-25 Alderley Road,
Wilmslow, SK9 1HY

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Rex Cinema

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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.

Contributed by woody

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woody on October 11, 2010 at 2:57 am

photos taken august 2010
former cafe area, you can just make out some of the deco detailing on the ceiling

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.

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