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The Rex Cinema

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Address: 14 West Street, Wareham BH20 4JX, England
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+44 1929 552778

The REX is an art-deco gem of a small town cinema from the 1920's. 130...

The REX is an art-deco gem of a small town cinema from the 1920's. 130 Seats with digital projection and sound but with a period ambience. The REX is owned by the Purbeck Film Charitable Trust and run by a team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. The REX shows everything from art-house to blockbusters and is the main hub of the renowned annual Purbeck Film Festival, the largest rural film festival in the United Kingdom.

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I last visited the Rex in about 1986 as a child and had great memories of the theatre. I was not disappointed when returning earlier this week 30 years later! It is a fantastic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I last visited the Rex in about 1986 as a child and had great memories of the theatre. I was not disappointed when returning earlier this week 30 years later! It is a fantastic building, full of character and charm. Alongside this is a very comfortable and well run cinema, a welcoming team run by passionate volunteers. The quality of... More 

Thank DebsDebs
Wareham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For those of retirement age visiting the Rex in Wareham brings back memories of the past. The staff ard sk friendly and one can take a bar drink to one's seat and enjoy it whilst watching the film. The surroundings and ambience takes one back to the 1960s.

Thank billsteggals
Hook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the local people are so lucky to have this marvellous cinema run by volunteers. It is wonderful, excellent value and fantastic programmes. I was lucky enough to see the Royal Opera House's Il Trovatore the sound quality was magnificent as was the visuals. There is a small bar serving drinks and Ice creams available in the interval. Loved it! a... More 

Thank shelagh187054
Wareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our very best local cinema. Great atmosphere, great staff and always good films! Also very good value for money, much better than the horrid impersonal big complexes !

Thank Hilary F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sweet old cinema! Super friendly place run by a group of locals. Tiny little bar opens before each showing where you can get a glass of wine to take with you to enjoy during the film.

Thank Birgitta F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We love this place! We have been visiting for over 10 years..it's excellent value and comfortable and has all the current films..plus you can enjoy a drink from a proper glass, not disposable plastic, during the film too!! .Our favourite cinema!

Thank Alix P
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

A wonderful night at this old world Cinema. We came here during the Purbeck Film Festival, enjoying a screening of a restored version of Hitchcock's Vertigo. The film was intriguing and all the more enjoyable in the ambience of the recently restored auditorium. What a treat that you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer while watching the film!... More 

Thank Fuss P
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Compact cinema that clearly is a blast from the past. Great for a night out to escape to the movies for an hour or two without feeling the expense of a multiplex Worth a visit

Thank Highkick
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful trip back in time. The Rex is an old fashioned cinema that has retained its original features whilst showing modern films. There is a lovely bar downstairs where you can buy a drink pre performance. There is no popcorn station but a nice selection of local ice creams prior to the film starting. I highly recommend a... More 

Thank George P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We camp regularly not far from Wareham, and if we have a cold or rainy evening we amble along to the Rex Cinema. It really doesn't matter what's showing - the staff are all volunteers and the feeling you get is that these people are proud of their little cinema, and they have time for a chat and a laugh.... More 

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