Run time: 119 mins
*Surprise screening to celebrate 16 years of The Rex*
Who in 2004 would have thought then in “possibly Britain’s most beautiful cinema” (BBC 2005) we would be here now, 16 years later and still the most successful independent cinema in…?
I did, alongside the four friends who brought it to life with me.
The attention to detail then as now, has sustained. It’s unique repertory programming was declared “Brilliant” by the Guardian this year as too its easy, non-fussy, beautiful sense of detail and “velveteen glamour”.
What we did right was to ignore all experts and gainsayers who said cinema was dying and none of it would work. One huge screen back in its original proscenium, legroom, tables, drinks and candles, at a fair price? How could such a thing ever make any money? What we missed was failing to copyright. From the start, in one watered down version or another, the copies grew. But they choke on the fool’s concept of a fair price – and, with no popcorn to hike!! Enough.
We are here all year round and you’re welcome always. We will continue to find films from across the world to stand alongside the rest. Thanks for loving the place too.