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Saturday, February 12th, 2005
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Now first let me just say I've seen Rocky in LOTS of venues over the years, from tiny fifty seat cinemas to the Odeon Marble Arch and the Pantages in Los Angeles. The Rex however will stay engraved on my memory for a very long time. This is one of the most wonderful art-deco cinemas I've ever been to.
Located less than fifteen minutes from junction 20 of the M25 the cinema is in easy reach of most of London. For more information on the history of the Rex and it's revival as one of the best single screen cinemas in the country please visit their web site at www.therexcinema.com.
The cinema is set out with standard style seating (very nice seats by the way) as you enter, but the real fun part is the stalls area, complete with it's own bar that remains open during the screening. The seating downstairs is as luxurious as the circle, but the chairs are arranged in fours around tables and swivel. Yep, you can sit and socialise, then turn the seat around to watch the movie. Cool or what?
We first heard that the Rex would be screening the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the end of January and after a couple of emails back and forth offered to go along to do a little introduction to the movie for them.
There were around 250 people at the screening and quite a few had decided to dress up for the occasion. However it wasn't too difficult to find a few Virgins to call up to the stage. Six very sporting audience members joined me onstage and had a couple of hundred people shout "Arsehole" and "Slut" at them, well there's a story for their workmates on Monday morning if nothing else. "How was your weekend?" "Not bad, a couple of hundred people called me a Slut, how was yours?" We also gave them a little certificate to commemorate their first screening and the obligatory "Ex-Virgin" badge to wear with pride.
The print was not too bad, a couple of tiny skips here and there, but nothing to worry about. The projection was first class, very clear for what is quite a large screen, the sound was also just right.
We did a little audience participation talk-back to the movie, but decided to drop a few of the more 'adult' shout backs as there were some younger audience members at the screening and personally I felt it would cross the line between funny and offensive. The film as always tends to be more audience participation based the later in the day that it is shown. Quite a few people did get up and dance the Time Warp and we noticed a lot of people singing along to several of the numbers.
Overall good fun. It would be nice to get a performing cast along and have a later screening in this wonderful venue some time in the future. Many thanks to Greg Tomkins for inviting us along and also to the man that made the wonderful restoration possible James Hannaway. Nice to meet you both.
Rex Cinema, High Street (Three Close Lane), Berkhamsted, HP4 2FG
If you want to see a movie at this wonderful venue please visit the cinema web site at www.therexcinema.com
Images from the night
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