A CINEMA TO REMEMBER

Allow us to introduce you to one of our favourite out-of-London haunts…

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Quite simply the most beautiful picture house we have ever set our Topshop-clad feet in, the Rex Cinema in leafy Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire is every movie buff’s paradise.

Dating back to the 1930s, the single screen exudes old-Hollywood style, projecting films under an art deco-inspired proscenium arch so incredible, that even Dame Judie Dench has described the venue as “awe-inspiring”. Here, visitors can choose between a candle-lit table experience in the stalls or the more traditional (but unbelievably spacious) rowed seating of the circle – either way the plush red-velvet armchairs are so comfortable you might actually be forgiven for falling asleep mid film.

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Originally opened in 1938 with old-time classic, ‘Heidi’ starring Shirley Temple (just look at those curls!), The Rex went on to become a two-screen venue with an additional bingo hall to boot. However, the competition from emerging multiplexes meant the cinema was forced to close in 1988, becoming a derelict site just waiting to be rescued…

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It’s saviour came in 2004 thanks to local businessman James Hannaway and now, almost 10 years into its new lease of life, the venue sells out almost every night – an unsurprising feat, considering its unparalleled reviews and cult clientele that can be seen queuing for miles each month just to be sure to get their hands on tickets.

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Trust us, one visit to The Rex and you’ll just keep coming back for more – not just for the amazing choice of films, but for the niche aspect of having crisps and pick’n’mix in bowls, coffee in a china cup (with an all-important free biscuit thrown in) and the chance to completely lose yourself in what feels like a throwback to the Golden Age of cinema…