Rexy Theatre

777 Somerset Street West,
Ottawa, ON K1R

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Opened as the Rex Theatre in 1914, in one of Ottawa’s blue-collar neighbourhoods west of downtown, this theatre had the unusual distinction of being located on a residential side street.

Originally a small 300-seat nickelodeon, in 1927 it was renamed Rexy Theatre and completely remodelled into an atmospheric theatre. Seating was then expanded to 750 and a new front entrance was added on the main Somerset Street West, through the purchase of a retail space in an adjacent building.

It catered to the neighbourhood with B-movies and kids' serials until TV took its toll. The Rexy Theatre closed in 1954 and was demolished in 1956.

Contributed by Alain Miguelez

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 22, 2004 at 11:24 am

I would guess that the name was changed to capitalize on the fame and popularity of the new Roxy Theatre in New York City.

AEM1968
AEM1968 on August 23, 2006 at 8:06 am

The Somerset was an entirely different theatre at a totally different location. The Rexy was at Somerset and Lorne, while the Somerset was at Somerset and Bank. Very few people seem to remember the Rexy, which has been gone for over half a century, whereas the Somerset lasted until the year 2000. Hint: look above the signage on the building at 777 Somerset St. West, near Booth St: you can still see the outleine of where the marquee used to hang.

atmos
atmos on December 31, 2008 at 4:01 am

Theatre was called New Rex in 1927 and renamed Rexy in Feb 1929.It closed as a cinema on 15 May 1954 and was then used for furniture storage until a fire destroyed the building on 5 Nov 1956.This information is from Alain Miguelez’s book,A Theatre Near You.

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