Rex Cinema

49 High Street,
Feltwell, IP26 4AF

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Rex Cinema

In the small Norfolk town of Feltwell, the 450-seat Coronation Hall, built in 1911, was the venue for early travelling cinema shows.

In 1940 it was converted into the Rex Cinema, to attract patrons from Feltwell’s RAF station, but it faced competition from the base’s own cinema.

Ben Culey, of the Palace Cinema, Thetford, ran it for some years. He is listed as the proprietor in the 1953 Kinematograph Year Book, which shows seating capacity as 240.

The Rex Cinema closed in 1959. In March 1988 the building was converted into a snooker hall. When I visited, in March 2000, the signage advertised the Double Top Club, but it was boarded up.

More recently, the building has been brought back to life and occupied by Lazy Daze beauty salon.

Contributed by David Simpson
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