Description: Rex Cinema
Date Listed: 26 February 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 355493
OS Grid Reference: SP9944907645
OS Grid Coordinates: 499449, 207645
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7587, -0.5605
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839 HIGH STREET
SP 9907 NW 1/78
Cinema, 1938. Architect David E Nye. Brick with faience and painted reconstructed
stone(?) to front facade. 1 to 2 storeys. Bowed facade with 7-light window between
vertical piers, and projecting canopy above entrance (now enclosed within late C20
facia). Late C20 replacement doors. Return to left with cantilevered projection
room to first floor. Good surviving interiors. Main auditorium now partitioned, but
decoration survives. Rich Art Deco proscenium arch with fibrous plaster decorations;
horizontal wave motifs in plaster to walls punctuated with plaster shell decoration;
circular light fittings to circle roof. Former restaurant area to rear of stalls
with four fluted columns with fluted light fittings in place of capitals, and much
fibrous plaster floral decoration. Double height entrance hall with grand staircase
and original mirrors.
Listing NGR: SP9944907645
Source: English Heritage
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