Picture this! Rex reaches 100

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

The Rex in Elland held a special celebration to mark the occasion, attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy and Janet Hardy, featuring a screening of the 1957 comedy The Smallest Show On Earth starring Peter Sellers.

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

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

Owners Charles Morris and his wife Judy then took it over in October 1988.

He said: “I own six cinemas but this is my pride and joy. When we came here it was closed and dilapidated and we’ve built it up out of absolutely nothing.

“It didn’t work out very well to start with but I was so determined so we beavered away at it.

“We delivered leaflets two weekends out of every month but it all took off after 15 months when we showed Shirley Valentine, and then we were full every night.

“We pride ourselves on being a cinema where the more discerning and serious film-goer can go. I think all our customers appreciate the personal service we provide.

“It’s totally different from the big multiplexes. We have comfortable seats and our prices are much lower. We also still have a lot of the original features around the building so it has that air of originality.

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

“It’s survived 100 years so why not another 100, although it might need another coat of paint.”