The Rex Cinema Coventry

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The Rex cinema, built in 1937, was one of the most sophisticated cinemas in the UK. Sadly it only lasted 3 years 6 months and 17 days before it was completely destroyed in World War II. The night before it was due to show “Gone with the Wind”. 

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When the cinema was bombed for the first time in August 1940, its grand restaurant and the tropical aviary it housed were damaged but survived and a rebuild was intended but, in the following November, a second bombing completely destroyed it. After the bombing the local paper reported that though the aviary in the restaurant was blown apart, a dozen of the birds were found to be still on their perches the morning after.

This is a work/project in progress, the images show current research and archival photographs (from the Herbert Museum Archive) which are the source of developing work.