Rex Theatre

118 W. Promenade Street,
Mexico, MO 65265

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Previously operated by: Frisina Amusement Company

Previous Names: Orpheum Theatre, Rialto Theatre

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Circa 1950 photo courtesy of the Memories of growing up or living in Mexico, MO. Facebook page.

Opened as the Orpheum Theatre prior to 1912. In Fall of 1937 it was renamed Rialto Theatre, and in the 1940’s it was renamed Rex Theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Bill2 on June 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

This theater is located a block north of where this picture in the satellite map is located. The building is gone. Torn down in the late 60’s. I never attended the theater but I do remember it being an operating theater during the 50’s and 60’s. I believe there had been a fire just before it was torn down. But it did stay vacant for a longtime.

DavidZornig on December 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Caption and comments on the “Memories of growing up or living in Mexico, MO.” Facebook page photo I just posted, claim the theatre’s previous names were the Orpheum, Rialto then Rex.

DavidZornig on December 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Please add George Cline as the source for the photo I posted, via the Facebook page I named.

DavidZornig on December 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

After some research it appears it originally opened as the Orpheum. Had a minor fire in 1912, then a major fire in 1920. Was rebuilt and remained the Orpheum at least through the 1920’s. It was later renamed the Rialto probably in the 30's, and finally the Rex in the40’s. Judging by the chronology of the photos I posted.

50sSNIPES on June 10, 2024 at 6:45 am

Renamed Rex Theatre in Fall 1937.

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