The Rex magazine is changing format in time for our 10th anniversary in December. We are going back to an A5 booklet, which is how we started. Our first programme in December 2004 was two pieces of A4 folded to make an 8-page A5 booklet, black & white and photocopied. I have one in front of me. Reading it brings back a thousand lovely memories. People actually came! Motorcycle Diaries almost sold out. The Third Man & Dr Zhivago were shockingly bad prints, crackling and jumping. The Creature From The Black Lagoon was the highlight of the month in original 3-D (cardboard glasses).
It was in even worse condition, and enjoyed spontaneous vomiting from the discerning audience. January to March 2005 were folded longways and progressed to two colour. This became the glossy full colour A5 you see below with the last issue being May 2008, with Happy Go Lucky & Sally Hawkins on the front. The new size (above) came about by sheer fluke. On opening the May 2008 boxes, we noticed the printer had accidentally included a batch that had been trimmed in the wrong place, slightly wider than A4 folded vertically .
We liked it. From then on we changed the format to suit this new pocket/handbag sized magazine. Our first issue was in June 2008 with Nadine Labaki in Caramel. Now it’s time to go back. The new format may give a little more space for films?
We will improve the listings at-a-glance and list ‘What’s On’ at the newly restored Odyssey (St Albans).