Rex Cinema

Front Street,
Prudhoe-on-Tyne, NE42

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Drill Hall Cinema, Electric Theatre

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Rex Cinema

Located in Prudhoe-on-Tyne, Northumberland, on Front Street on the opposite side and further along from the Co-Op. The former Drill Hall became the Drill Hall Cinema in 1910. In 1912 it was re-named Electric Theatre. It had a 22 feet wide proscenium and a small stage.

In 1929 the fa├žade was modernised and a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system was installed. The Electric Theatre was closed in May 1939 with Flora Robson in “Fire Over England”. It was re-opened some-time during World War II.

In 1945 under new owners it was re-named Rex Cinema, and a RCA sound system was installed. CinemaScope was installed in 1955, but the Rex Cinema was closed by 1960. In the early 1960’s it was converted into a swimming baths. This closed in 1994/1995 when the new Water-World opened further along Front Street. The front of the building is now used for several retail units, while the auditorium has been demolished and a nursing home built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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