Rex Cinema, Ring Road, Beeston Park
11th May 1939. View of the Rex Cinema on Ring Road (Beeston Park). This cinema was designed by A.V. Montague and built by Mathews and Sons of Leeds, with 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.
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.