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Rex Cinema, Ring Road, Beeston


Rex Cinema, Ring Road, Beeston
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11th May 1939 This cinema was designed by AV Montague and built by Mathews and sons of Leeds. There was seating for 1,350 people. It opened on 13th February 1939 with the screening of 'We're going to be rich' starring Gracie Fields and Victor McLaglan. It closed in February 1976, the last films were 'Apple Dumpling Gang' and 'Sword in the Stone' The cinema was demolished for the building of a housing estate. In this front view the film advertised is 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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Paul Crowther

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This is the first ever cinema which I went to - in 1960,with my Mum (I was 6).The film which we watched was the Disney production 'Swiss Family Robinson'. From 1964 to 1969 I walked by the Rex every school day,en route to Parkside Secondary Modern School on Gipsy Lane. The last film I saw at the Rex was 'The Love Bug'with my girlfriend Glynis Kernick in December 1969.

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p.crowther

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Another Rex memory.On Saturday February 17th 1969 I saw 'The Graduate'for the first time there,along with a short film 'Skaterdater'. When I went home,I stood in the garden for two hours,bewitched by the Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack from 'The Graduate'and the adolescent angst of 'Skaterdater'.In retrospect,I recognise this as the point where my childhood ended ...

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Stephen Birbeck

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Yes- what memories of childhood ending indeed. As a group we tried to let our mates in through the fire doors at the front, and singly we had our first "dates" here- I can still remember the butterflies in the stomach taking Julie here to see "Klute" (! strange film for first romance but we didn't let it stop us)and wondering whether she would be offended or pleased if I paid (women's lib was just starting & there were some pretty independent Beeston girls) & whether I should be buying chocs- "Roses- they grow on you" were the ones then

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pat bone

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I remember going to see planet of the apes there - charlton heston etc. And the saturday matinees (20p) I think!

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anne franks(nee dunn)

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I think the last films ever shown at the Rex were The Apple Dumpling Gang, and The Sword In The Stone a double bill.

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nicky chereda (garnett descendant)

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my mum had fantastic memories going to the rex with her dad rowland garnett in the 40s on a saturday matinee. i recently told her that it had been demolished in the 1970s.she said there were lots of cinemas around the dearest being 2/6 and the cheapest being 9d. these were happy memories.

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ken Wharton

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I visited this movie theatre a few times in the early to mid 70's. I recall taking a smashing girl called Teresa Kivneen there to see "Midnight Cowboy" but she got up to use the washroom just as the Greyhound bus pulls into Miami City and she missed the poignancy of the scene where Ritzo (Dustin Hoffman) breathes his last ! Super memories.

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Tom Ackroyd

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The cinema opened on 13th Feb 1939 with "We're Going to be Rich" and closed on 28th Feb 1976 with "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and Sword in the Stone"

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Scott Fulton

Comment:
Forgive my ignorance, but which came first? Rex Cinema or Rex Hill? I beleive Rex Hill is the name of the stretch of road from Middleton water tower down to the Tommy Wass pub.

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Paul O''Brien

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I grew up in the Southleighs to the right of this picture and went to the Saturday Matinee every week. To the left of the picture was a disused railway line known locally as the "banking" where we spent many happy hours playing. The low flat roof structure on the front left of the building with a ladder up to it was where the projectionists used to come out for a smoke break, as we got older and braver we used to climb the ladder onto this roof and bang on the door to the projection room

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sid cohen

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The proprietors were West Leeds Amusements,who also owned Lyric Armley,Kingsway chapeltown,Clock Cinema Roundhay rd.Dominion Cinema Chapel Allerton. The premises were demolished to make way for housing estate.

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23-Aug-2009

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Tony Newman

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The Rex was the first cinema i ever went to. My dad took me and my brother to the Rex once a year to see the new disney release. It was something special back then we would come home from school have tea get washed and dressed up ready for a night out. I remember when it closed, i use to cycle down to it and see if it had reopened, then one night on my way back from my grans in the car with dad, we passed it and there was a huge digger in the middle of what was left of it.I cried for hours it was gone!! That got me really interested in the cinemas that were left and i would go every week to one or the other but always looking around at the buildings thinking one day this will go too and now they have. all that are left now are the Film wearhouses!

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07-Jun-2010

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Graham A. Schofield.

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With reference to Scott Fulton's comment. I lived in Beeston for twenty seven years from 1939, and I cannot re-call the stretch of the Ring Road from Tommy Wass's to the Water Tower being known as 'Rex Hill'. As kids we knew it as 'Miggy Ring Road'. Was 'Rex Hill' a nickname known only to kids from the Parkwood's, Allenby's, and the Southleighs, or perhaps from Middleton? The REX was a major focal point of entertainment in that area, so perhaps for kids from Middleton, going down the hill to the REX, meant going down 'Rex Hill'. Does anyone have any information on this?

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08-Aug-2010

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Dave Milbourne

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Like Tony Newman my parents took me and my brother to see the yearly Disney releases. We saw 101 Dalmations, Jungle Book, Aristocats etc. We also saw the great Norman Wisdom in 'The Early Bird' here. I laughed so much tears ran down my face and my face ached for ages afterwards with all the laughing. We lived in Bramley but my maternal granparents lived in Middleton, Belle Isle, Beeston and Hunslet at various times while we were growing up and I believe the Rex cinema was one of my dads favourite cinemas.

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26-Nov-2010

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Wayne Brown

Comment:
Oh yes, the old Rex Cinema! spent quite a lot of time in there but not necessarily watching movies because at that time it were all about taking your girlfriends and sitting on the back seats! Good Times :)

Date:
11-Dec-2010

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Peter Jackson

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Looking at all these comments I am beginning to feel my age is there anyone left in Middleton Leeds who was born in 1936 or there abouts, I remember The Rex Cinema war time, I used to catch the bus to the rex alone on a saturday night to watch whatever was showing and one the last bus left for "Miggy" it was a walk upt ill, one time was showing the disney classic PINOCCHIO I hurried to the Rex and paid my money I was admitted and sat for a while before the film ended, puzzled , I sat there and waited for the second house, only to be told it was two seperate houses, not continuous as it sometimes was, so I had to leave my seat, never finding out what was the beginning of the story, many, many , years later I bought the D.V.D. just to see what I had missed. Bye the way it was common to come out of the cinema after the last show and stand in the bus queue only to be told, No More Its Full, then a long walk upt hill to Middleton in black out too, happy days.

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15-May-2011

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Ian Mittell

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I went to the Rex many times and when I was 18 I got a part time job projecting the films, sometimes with my dad. I saw the Railway Children many times.

Date:
28-Jun-2011

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Catherine

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I went to there in the early 1970's. We lived in Throstle Terrace in Middleton and latterly in the Lingwells. I cannot remember very much really, only that it was the one and only time I went t'pictures with my dad and sister (dad died last year, so happy memories!).

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19-Oct-2011

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Graham A. Schofield

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I have just read Wayne Brown's comment. When I was doing my 'teenage courting' at the Rex it was less than two shillings in 'The Circle'. I don't go to the cinema now, but I understand that you can pay more than £10 for a seat these days. Good grief, I'd want the cinema to provide a girlfriend as well for that price.

Date:
15-Nov-2011

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Valerie Daniels

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Re Peter Jackson's comments. I well remember waiting for the bus to go up to Middleton and it going past full. And I was in trouble if I got home late - full bus was no excuse in those days! We regularly went to The Rex and often queued from 6 o'clock (first house showing) to 8 o'clock (second showing) after they had put out the sign "Full House". Can anyone remember them coming out and saying they had single seats only left? The prices were one shilling for the stalls and one shilling or one shilling and nine pence for the circle. When it was a continuous performance I now wonder why anyone would want to go in half way through a film and then stay in to see the beginning! We had such a choice of cinemas in the 1940s/50s. Happy memories.

Date:
12-Mar-2013

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Mark Conlon

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I first went to the Rex in 1961 to the Saturday matinee I had been going to the matinees at the Tivoli cinema in Middleton up to then, it was 3d more at the Rex up to 9d from 6d. Mr Lee was the manager and his wife was in the Kiosk selling the sweets and ice creams.

Date:
01-Jun-2013

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Peter Spawforth

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In 1939 we lived opposite the Broadway Hotel on Dewsbury Road. My earliest memories are watching the Rex reach completion. In 1954 or 55 as a student I worked for A V Montague the architect of the Rex and also the Regal Cross gates and the Clock in Harehills. Only the Clock remains in 2013 but not as a cinema.

Date:
13-Jun-2013

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Paul Williamson

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I used to get bus down the hill from the Westwood Estate with my girlfriend Cathryn admission into the Rex 2 orange lollies and the bus back up for one pound in total I always remember when Enter The Dragon was showing with Bruce Lee starring, the queue was the longest Ive seen for a film. It was a chance to be alone and if the film was rubbish you could always have a cuddle until the usher shone her torch at you. Many of the seats on the back always creaked as you shuffled around ah happy times.

Date:
24-Jul-2013

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Graham A. Schofield

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This Picture House followed the architectural lines that were popular in the Art Deco Period, which was dominant in the 1920's to 1930's. Have a look at 2002820_65447635 for a very similar structural design. "The Rex" in Beeston, and "The Regal" in Cross-Gates did not survive the onslaught of so-called 'progress'. But were any others built? If so, have they survived?

Date:
29-Nov-2013

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Stephen Oliver

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I loved the Rex - it was classy with wonderful curtains that lit up with the various coloured lighting. The fragrance inside it was, to me, lovely and unique. I was on the committee at St. Anthony's Youth Club near Beeston Road and I once took a girl, Delise Green, to the Rex ( 1960-61 ). That was our one and only date.

Date:
29-Dec-2013

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Ken Mann

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yes...the rex, a great cinema, think it was treasure island I went to see with my girlfriend Mary many moons ago, early 60s, loved it there, it was either the rex or the strand in Jack Lane, two wonderful cinemas. wish I could put the clock back.

Date:
26-Apr-2016

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rob lloyd

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Went to the rex in the early 70s,watched bed knobs and broomstick with my dear old gran.later with mates went to the Saturday morning shows,remember there was no tap in the toilets,so used empty cardboard ice cream tubs for cups and flushed toilet to get water.also remember getting in buy giving jam jars and rags instead of money.

Date:
02-Jul-2016

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C Lovedale

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I too retain a happy memory of a visit to this cinema. As a child my sisters took me there to see Danny Kaye in Hans Christian Anderson, we lived on Meanwood Road so it took two bus rides to get there. As it was a dark winter's night the journey seemed endless but I loved the film.

Date:
14-Aug-2016

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Myra Rowlands

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I used to go to the Rex Cinema as a child and attend the Saturday Matinee. I remember a chap used to play the organ before the picture started. Also they used to play music and go over the audience with a mirror which stopped on someone when the music stopped and if it was on you, you received a free ice lolly or some such treat. Also unfortunately I remember the man who used to spray disinfectant around before the picture started. Talk about flea pit - it really wasn't but I suppose it was their interpretation of health & safety today, ha ha. Very happy memories nonetheless. I remember quite a few Mother Riley films and also Casebook, which when young was a little bit scary about crimes committed in the UK. Still I also remember the Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers films. Obviously now I realize the films mostly catered for the boys.....

Date:
10-Jan-2017

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John milner

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Yes the Rex This wasn't my local pictures but watched lots of films ,The witches,Bonnie and Clyde, etc , BUT the one I remember the most was Summer Holiday , Cliff Richards ,it had just come out ,en we went to see it , big cue when we got there , we got to10 foot from the door , en the door man said sorry it's full ,till the next showing,and closed the doors , we all waited , and waited , and waited , and waited ,it was a Jan or February 1963 , very very cold , snow on the ground but I think everyone waited till the doors opend again I think it was about 3 hours , we all got in and I think it was well worth the wait A great film , But if you can remember in those days , an A film then a B film came on , hence the three hours . In those days the pictures were allways full , en sometimes I had trouble seeing if behind big men Happy Days

Date:
20-Feb-2017

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Johnmilner35@icloud.com

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Roy Walker

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"Watched" films here, with the first great love of my life, Audrey.M.-(Wonder where she is nowadays!)

Date:
02-Jul-2017

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Yvonne (Hewitt)

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Used to go to the Saturday afternoon matinee...think it was a sixpence. My friends and I used to go most Saturdays....plush seats and friendly staff and ice cream in tubs with wooden spoons. Great memories and some fab films.

Date:
28-Jul-2017

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Yvonne.beeston@virgin.net

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Ben Butterfield

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I lived on the Southleigh Estate and during the war years watched the newsreels of the Germans Concentration camps.. l used to have to scrub the kitchen floor for the sixpence to get me into the matinees.

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14-Nov-2017

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