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Could it soon be ‘lights, camera, action’ for Wilmslow Rex Cinema?


Image credit: Rex Revival Group via Facebook


It looks like it could soon be ‘lights, camera, action!’ once again for Wilmslow’s Rex Cinema.

A campaign to bring the former cinema back into use has been gathering momentum, with the landlord reported to have entered advanced negotiations with an independent cinema company earlier this year.

Although the cinema company has yet to be named, it’s believed that an official announcement could be made soon.

The Rex building, one of the few art deco buildings in Wilmslow, was originally opened as a cinema back in the 1930s.

It was later diversified and used for both professional and amateur theatre productions, as well as movies.

A Facebook group, Rex Revival Group, was set up to campaign for its re-opening following last year’s announcement that Multiyork (the building’s major occupant) had gone into administration.

Group admin Sophie Taylor informed its members recently: “The latest news is that negotiations between the independent cinema company and the landlords have now been finalised, and the legal documents are being prepared for signing in the near future.

She added: “We will of course tell you once the legal documents have been signed – and announce who the cinema company is!

“In the meantime, please continue to share this group / add friends so that we can spread the good news as far as possible when it happens.”

She thanked those who’ve been interested in the project for their patience, after many had seen and discussed recent activity in the Rex building.

Wilmslow Town Council is also supportive of the initiative.

A message from the council to those backing the initiative said: “The Town Council is very aware of the opportunity and of the town benefits that you describe and have been central in communicating with the landlord and interested parties over the past 9 months.

“We believe that a commercial cinema operation will once again occupy the Rex building in the near future and that with the support of Wilmslow residents it will flourish.

“You can be assured that the Town Council gives this initiative its full support.”

We’ll bring you more news on the latest developments as soon as we hear them.