Picture this - Rex cinema is 100 years old

Centenary celebrations at Rex Cinema, Elland. Cinema owner Charles Morris.
Centenary celebrations at Rex Cinema, Elland. Cinema owner Charles Morris.

A local cinema is celebrating 100 years of bringing the silver screen to the people of Calderdale.

The Rex cinema in Elland held a special celebration to mark the occasion, which was attended the the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy and Janet Hardy.

Current owner Charles Morris and his wife Judy took it over in October 1988, and he says the old-fashioned picture house offers a quirky alternative to the modern mulitplexes.

He said: “It’s totally different from the big multiplexes - we have comfortable seats, our prices are much lower, our tickets are £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children and seniors. We also still have a lot of the original features around the building so it has that air of originality about it.

“We still have the curtains in front of the screen, we sell ice creams during the intervals and we still play the national anthem after special films or older pictures where the credits are brief.”

See Friday’s Courier for the full story.