Rex Cinema

38 Marshall Terrace,
Durham, DH1 2HX

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The Rex as a launderette

Located in the Gilesgate Moor district to the east of Durham. The Crescent Cinema was opened on 14th March 1928. All seating was on a single level. It was initially equipped with a L. Elect sound system around 1930. In January 1941 it was re-named Rex Cinema and a Gyrotone sound system was installed.

The Rex Cinema was closed in January 1958 screening two films from the early-1940’s;“Fall In” (1943 and “Eagle Squadron” (1942). The Kinematograph Yearbooks up to at least 1966 still listed it as open.

In recent years the building has been in use as D.J. Tool Hire, but they had moved out by April 2010 and the building was ‘For Sale or To Let’. It is now a laundrette, known as the Old Cinema Laundrette, which also has a cafe.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Buffer on September 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Yes from about 2012 it has been a launderette by day, with a licenced café, but there are also vintage tea parties and gigs in the evening. A retro atmosphere has been created part launderette, part cinema

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