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The Rex Cinema

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High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 2FG
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McKellen: Playing the Part

McKellen: Playing the Part Live
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joe Stephenson
  • Cast: Ian McKellen, Scott Chambers, Luke Evans, Frances Barber

A feature-length interview with Ian McKellen, in which the actor looks back over his long career as an actor and LGBT activist. Those who only know him from appearances in big movie franchises will find great clips from his theatre work, and McKellen is a born, unpretentious storyteller. Warm and endearing.

Thu 21 Jun

The Nile Hilton Incident

The Nile Hilton Incident
  • 2017
  • Egypt
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tarik Saleh
  • Cast: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher

After a murder at Cairo’s Hilton hotel, detective Noredin (Fares) tries to investigate but experiences increasing pressure to drop the case. Fares is engaging as the wearily resigned detective, and a smart script distils the political issues of pre-revolutionary Egypt into his journey. A blistering police procedural with a wider dimension.

Thu 21 Jun

From the popular to the obscure, The Rex's film programme is varied and highlights its uniqueness: in terms of decor (decadent art deco) and temperament (no popcorn, reasonably priced tickets).

Opened in 1938, the first film shown was Shirley Temple's Heidi, and the venue suffered from the peaks and troughs of cinema's popularity, closing in 1988 before reopening in 2004. For a period during the 1970s, the second room was used as a bingo hall and often the calling of the numbers could be heard at the same time as the film being screened.

The cinema now endevours to show a different film each day and sells out regularly. The ambiance is one of relaxation and comfort – with no cliched cinema food (stale popcorn or flaccid hotdogs) – and encourages visitors to dress up in their Sunday best.

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