Poetic tribute is penned in honour of popular attraction

Poetry: Marilyn Gwizdak-Greenwood presents her poem Rex to Jim Hayes, manager of the Rex Cinema, Elland
Poetry: Marilyn Gwizdak-Greenwood presents her poem Rex to Jim Hayes, manager of the Rex Cinema, Elland
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A POEM penned in honour of one of Calderdale’s most treasured attractions has been published.

Rex was written by Marilyn Gwizdak-Greenwood, who was born and brought up in Elland and has lived in Greetland for the last 35 years, to celebrate the popular cinema in Elland.

She entered it into a national competition and the poem has now been published in a compilation poetry book by United Press.

Marilyn’s poem Rex:

Monarch or Mongrel? Neither canine or king

Not The Regal, The Palace or man’s best friend

Known as “The Flea-pit” in Green Final times

Then exalted to First Night with runners of red.

Once called The Central with chippie to boot

(Just perfect for supper, “To eat now luv, wi’bits?”)

Just a wall with a window to imaginary worlds

Merging and morphing our thoughts and our dreams

Denying avoidance, the anthem comes first

A radio mast next with the world in clipped voice

Eyes glued to silver, through thick screen of smoke

The flicks of the Woodies no match for the film

Ice cream with horror, enchanted by Ginger

Exhilarated when X-Rated, unmoved when B-Movied

Relationships blossomed on rows of worn velvet

Sealed, Butter Kist and romanced by the light of a torch

Projecting the lives of ordinary folk

Our memories and chants, now obscure, make no sense

Celluloid failure. The darkness, Feet drumming. A chorus of voices: “Put a bob in it, Edwin!”