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NeilsYard
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541 of 552  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 552  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 552  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 552  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 552  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 552  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 552  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 552  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 552  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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Kaga simpson
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550 of 552  Sun 28th Jun 2020 3:53pm  
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Well, Coventry have always talked about the film 'Gone with the wind', and destroyed by the blitz, but it had also shown the film 'San Francisco', destroyed by an earthquake, so it did seem a little odd. I believe it showed many films by Paul Robeson, possibly ‘Sanders of the river’, where he sang “Ah yee oh koe, yae guh deh” - he also appeared at the Coventry Hippodrome. Yeh, I remember it well.
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Kaga simpson
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551 of 552  Mon 29th Jun 2020 12:18pm  
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In the 1950's the cinema introduced a technical innovation of not one camera but three, so the scene was not only straight in front but on either side, so you felt inside the action with a wider screen, known as Cinerama. But it was really hopeless with thrillers and romantic films. Part of the razzmatazz, part of the free cinema but the novelty soon wore off. Even had Chris Barber playing 'Momma Don't Allow' in the background, but free cinema turned more to documentaries and conformist picturegoers started queuing to see Alfred Hitchcock or war films. By the 60's we had started mocking the war, Bilko and Tony Hancock doing a Army comic stunt. Yes, we’ve seen it all before.
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Kaga simpson
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552 of 552  Sun 5th Jul 2020 1:58pm  
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For a girl born in 1920 the cinema played a big part in her life. The entire fabric of her life changed, sport and recreation came into their own - mighty football stadiums, palatial cinemas, women found new freedom, the vote, fashion, the drudgery of housework changed, new fashions, but the gramophone and talking pictures had advanced in the last decade. Marie Lloyd was on the stage, and Rudolph Valentino, film star had cast an extraordinary spell over women of his time, sent hearts fluttering, and cash flowing at the box office. He died in 1926 and the cinema tried hard to replace him until a few years later a new actor (Clark Gable) appeared, with his magnetic smile, handsome, a charming rogue - after a few years he came to fill Valentino’s shoes, and the girls were swooning. The Rex cinema Coventry was a new and highly styled 1937 cinema, so to open it they had this new heart throb, he became a big success. So two years later with this new technique and highly coloured film, the powers that be in Coventry, brought him back again, but Gable served in the US Air Force in England and did many raids over Germany.
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