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The Rex Cinema

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High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 2FG
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The Children Act

The Children Act
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Richard Eyre
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead

Fiona (Thompson) is a High Court judge who finds herself becoming involved with a Jehovah’s Witness teenager (Whitehead) who refuses a blood transfusion for his leukaemia. Heavy-handed adaptation by McEwan of his own novel; not entirely convincing but Eyre brings out fine performances.

Wed 26 Sep
Thu 27 Sep

The Escape

The Escape
  • 2017
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Dominic Savage
  • Cast: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Frances Barber

An ordinary woman (Arterton) makes an extraordinary decision which will change her life forever. An uncompromising, claustrophobic and intelligent domestic drama that refuses any and all easy answers, led by a heartbreaking performance from Arterton.

Tue 25 Sep

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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