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The Rex Cinema

A Grade II Listed Building in Wareham, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6857 / 50°41'8"N

Longitude: -2.1113 / 2°6'40"W

OS Eastings: 392233

OS Northings: 87349

OS Grid: SY922873

Mapcode National: GBR 32T.T78

Mapcode Global: FRA 67G8.99R

Entry Name: The Rex Cinema

Listing Date: 12 July 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1380558

English Heritage Legacy ID: 480798

Location: Wareham Town, Purbeck, Dorset, BH20

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

Civil Parish: Wareham Town

Built-Up Area: Wareham

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wareham Lady St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text


767/2/10002 (North side)
12-JUL-00 The Rex Cinema


Former Oddfellows' Hall. 1889, remodelled in 1921 as a cinema. Red brick with stone dressings, slate roof. Rectangular first-floor hall, entered via stairs set behind ancillary shop, now used as caf', and with commercial premises on the ground floor below cinema.

Elaborate gabled facade, with tiled gable, stone sign and plaque. Arched tripartite Gothic stone windows on first floor now blocked. The ground floor still more elaborate, with double-doored entrance to cinema, central paired timber sash window and door to commercial premises all set in stone surrounds decorated with floreat motifs. To the right, a lower, two-bay frontage of two storeys with attic dormer has timber sashes in moulded foliate surrounds, but is more domestic in character. Timber panelled door at right. The exterior is a prominent and dignified feature in the High Street.

The interior. Tiled entrance hall with original internal doors. Staircase with stone steps, cast-iron balustrade and timber handrail leads to first-floor hall. Landing with top light, which has coloured glass panels. Hall retains original 1889 timber truss roof with wrought-iron tie bars, visible behind screen, and with tie bars visible in rest of hall, into which a coved ceiling was inserted as part of the conversion to cinema use. Panels on walls, and simple unmoulded proscenium.

Included as a good surviving example of an Oddfellows' Hall, with good late C19 decoration. Its conversion to a cinema gives the building added interest.

Listing NGR: SY9223787351

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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