23 Church Street,
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Located in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. Entered at street level but the auditorium was built below the cliff. The Rex Cinema was opened in 1938 with Sonja Henie in “Lovely to Look At” and Will Hay in “Oh Mr Porter”. It was severely damaged by German bombs in 1941, and remained closed until it was repaired in 1946.
In October 1965 the Rex Cinema was taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain. The cinema is briefly glimpsed in the 1970’s film “That’ll be the Day”. The Rex Cinema was closed on 10th September 1980 with Dustin Hoffman in “Kramer vs Kramer”.
It re-opened as an audio-visual tourist attraction, which lasted a couple of years. Converted into an amusement arcade and an exhibition named ‘Enchanted Caverns’, it was destroyed by a fire in March 1993. The amusement arcade in the front of the building continued to operate until the remains of the roofless building were demolished in 2001.
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