Rex Theatre

208 Chestnut Street,
Virginia, MN 55792

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 9, 2017 at 3:04 am

Closer inspection of the vintage photo now leads me to believe that the Rex was actually in what is now the one-story section of the Ace hardware store. The storefront next door to the east, occupied by Range Sports, is at 206 Chestnut, so the Rex was probably at 208 Chestnut. The facebrick showing on the parapet is a pretty close match for that on the main section of the hardware store, so it was probably built around the same time. Unless the old building merely got anew facade, the Rex was probably demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 9, 2017 at 2:54 am

Comparing the vintage photo uploaded by David Zornig with current Google street view, it can be seen that the Rex Theatre (or at least its entrance) was on the easternmost of the two lots now occupied by the brick, two-story section of Grande Ace Hardware, which is at 212-214 Chestnut. The address of the Rex was thus probably 212 Chestnut Street. The Ace building is of a plain style characteristic of the early or mid-1930s, so the Rex was likely demolished not long after it closed.