Rex Cinema

47 Vincent Street,
Daylesford, VIC 3460

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Architects: Charles Bohringer

Firms: Bohringer, Taylor and Johnson

Styles: Spanish Colonial

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Rex Cinema

The Rex Cinema is a large Spanish/Art Deco style cinema on the main street in Daylesford, a small spa town to the north of Melbourne.

Built in 1928 and opened in 1929, the cinema is a traditional style building with balcony and stalls, with a large imposing fa├žade incorporating two small shops either side of the front doors. The cinema closed in 1963.

In 2005 the council approved plans to redevelop the cinema into a ground floor shopping arcade, with a mezzanine level (former balcony area) to house a two lane bowling alley and "film viewing" area with food court. The development has been very slow and in the process the interior of the well preserved cinema has been gutted back to the brick walls and the rear stage wall has been demolished. Operated by volunteers it screened films until 2008.

By January 2009 the site looked abandoned with no signs of any construction taking place. In 2016 the local council purchased the Rex Cinema and proposed plans to refurbish and reopen it. In 2017 the Daylesford Community Theatre were given a 10-years lease to use the former circle of the theatre. Sadly by 2018 the plans were stalled due to a cash flow problem and in 2022 there is talk of the council selling the building, which is basically an empty shell.

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woody on January 28, 2009 at 11:48 am

jan 2009 photos
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front entrance showing original tiles on pillars between the doors
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rear view showing the new concrete walls of the shopping centre extension

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