Rex Theater

Lafayette Avenue and Locust Street,
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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Rex Theater

This was a small neighborhood theater that I came across on a Facebook page of if you grew up in Terre Haute. The Rex Theater was located at the southwest corner of the intersection of N. 6th Street (today Lafayette Avenue) and Locust Street. It was opened prior to 1927 and was closed on July 9, 1955 with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “Abbott & Costello Meet the Keystone Cops”. It became a Sap’s Donut shop. It was demolished on December 2, 2019.

Contributed by David Egly

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DavidAE
DavidAE on March 25, 2017 at 8:49 pm

The Rex theater building is there but no movies being shown. Tom Johnson March 14, 2015 Comment from FB page

DavidAE
DavidAE on March 25, 2017 at 8:51 pm

I loved going to the serials every sat. morning at the Rex. Ronald Miller, November 21, 2015 Comment from FB page.

DavidAE
DavidAE on March 25, 2017 at 8:53 pm

Remember the Rex Theater? No Rest Rooms…..Then it was Saps Donut Shop……Building is still standing. Al Stith February 1, 2015 Comment from FB page

DavidAE
DavidAE on March 25, 2017 at 8:55 pm

I will be 79 next month ..does any one remember Rex Theater on Lafayette …. it had no bath room ..we used the neighbors outside toilet behind the theater… or ran home quickly after the show ,,they had serial movies every Sat and cost a dime…was a tiny place with one isle ..I loved that place when I was a kid .. Barbara Stith-Lawrence January 30, 2014 Comment from FB page

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on March 26, 2017 at 4:28 am

Address listed as 834 North Sixth Street though advertised at North Sixth & Locust Street. Closed July 9, 1955 with “Abbott & Costello Meet the Keystone Cops” with the equipment removed and floor leveled in 1958.

DavidAE
DavidAE on December 2, 2019 at 9:10 am

From a Terre Haute FB post today: The former Rex movie theater at the southwest corner of Sixth and Locust came down today. It was one of a few remaining structures that housed neighborhood theaters remaining. I attended scores of movies there in the 1950s. No restrooms, a Coke machine (bottles) and candy. Don Bennett operated the theater and his projectionist booth was in the east end of the building right above the entrance. One center aisle with four or five seats on each side. I don’t know if it was built as a theater, but operated for decades. In the 1960s it became a Saps Donat outlet. It has been vacant for years.

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