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NeilsYard
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541 of 549  Tue 29th Oct 2019 9:24am  
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On 19th Oct 2014 3:08pm, Kaga simpson said: Someone mentioned the Rex cinema, if memory serves me correctly, it never showed a film, it was about to show 'Gone with the wind', but went with the bomb.
There are a few mentions of this on this thread
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Prof
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542 of 549  Tue 29th Oct 2019 12:14pm  
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Yes Neil, the famed showing of Gone with the Wind at the Rex cinema which was destroyed not long after it had opened. Was it a year?
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Rob Orland
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543 of 549  Tue 29th Oct 2019 6:12pm  
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The Rex's opening ceremony was 8th February 1937, and the heavy raid that damaged it, the day before Gone with the Wind was to be shown, happened on Friday 25th August 1940. Hope this helps.
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Dreamtime
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544 of 549  Wed 30th Oct 2019 1:39am  
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I am not disputing the demise of the Rex but was the Empire taken 'with the wind' too as that was the version I had heard too over the years? I believe most of the side of it was blown away.
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Wearethemods
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545 of 549  Wed 30th Oct 2019 2:45pm  
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I believe you are right Dreamtime!
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Kaga simpson
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546 of 549  Wed 30th Oct 2019 6:07pm  
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Dreamtime, Yes, the Broadgate side got damaged but the front remained intact - although the opposite side of the road got a direct hit, the two shops below the Empire were intact including the clock. They got hit with debris, I believe.
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Kaga simpson
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547 of 549  Thu 31st Oct 2019 12:11pm  
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Dreamtime, ‘Gone with the wind’, brilliant film - famous last words, 'I don't give a damn, my dear'. Sam Goldwyn, was famous for his wrong sayings: 'Let's bring it up to date with some snappy 19th century dialogue'. 'It's more than magnificent, it's mediocre'. ‘Hope you don't think it was too blood and thirsty'.
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Dreamtime
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548 of 549  Thu 31st Oct 2019 12:53pm  
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Thanks for your responses lads. I don't know why but I had nicer memories of the old Empire more than the rest. You would never have known there was a cinema tucked away there just around that corner. On the other hand the Gaumont was built on a more grandeur scale. Now here, they are built in packs of maybe 6 cinemas in one complex and you can take your pick of six titles. Not being on the end of the queue in the rain has knocked all the thrill of looking forward to seeing your favourite film star. Ah those were the days - even the organist doesn't pop up any more. Lol Lol Lol Edited by member, 31st Oct 2019 12:55 pm
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Kaga simpson
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549 of 549  Fri 1st Nov 2019 9:17am  
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Dreamtime, Yes, and when the organ disappeared you had that horrible Pearl and Dean advert with the loud shuttering music.
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