Cinemas Rex

Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 6,
Vevay 1800

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Cinemas Rex

Located in Vevey, in the canton Vaud, on the north shore of Lake Geneva, near Lausanne, the Cinema Rex was opened in 1933 by Leon Moser, father of the current owner, Yves Moser. (The year of opening is proudly proclaimed in tablets on the pavement outside the cinema, while Leon Moser is commemorated on a brass plaque at the entrance that also records that, from 1933 to 1940, the cinema was the headquarters of the town’s Socialist Party.) Yves Moser also owns the town’s other cinema, the single-screen Cinema Astor.

Famously, Charlie Chaplin lived just outside the town from 1952 until his death in 1977. In Screen 3 a photograph is displayed on the wall of the comedian and his family queuing up at the Cinema Rex in 1963.

The Cinema Rex was tripled in 1980. In October 1993 a fourth screen was opened in hitherto disused space across the road. Seating capacities are: Screen 1: 293; Screen 2: 80; Screen 3: 90 and Screen 4: 115.

On a visit to the town in June 2016 I was fortunate to meet Yves Moser, who kindly showed me round his very attractive cinema.

Contributed by David Simpson
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