Rex Theatre: 0052.0760


            The Rex Theatre which opened its doors to the public on Thursday night, November 28th, is one of the best moving picture houses to be found anywhere in the West today, and will stand for some time to come as an example to the city of Cranbrook, in architecture and for the method of providing general comfort to its patrons.  Its decorations and general appearance is par excellence, and can easily be considered the neatest and best equipped building in the city.

            At the opening night the proprietors very generously gave all the proceeds to Charity – The St. Eugene Hospital – which amounted to a good round sum, for the house was packed to the doors and many were turned away.

            The building presents several special features in the line of Moving Picture show houses.  The room in which the operator is stationed and where all inflammable material is to be found is encased with fire-proof walls and all openings are fitted with automatic shutters so that a fire could be burning furiously inside and no one in the building be aware of the fact.  This is an admirable arrangement as the lesson only taught a few weeks ago in one of these houses in the States where a fire began and several met their death and many were injured, will never be forgotten.

            The special care which has been made for the comfort of the eyes is also an added adjunct to the welfare of the patrons.  The whole of the interior has been fitted with a special light called “Eye Comfort System” designed by A.A. Johnson, manager of the Rex and manufactured by the Albert Sechrist Manufacturing Co., Denver, Colorado, which firm makes a specialty of this class of electrical fittings; the Quain Electrical Co. are their local agents and all the electrical fittings in the “Rex” were obtained through them.

            Another strong feature is the method of exits.  There are at the back of the building two large exits provided; at the side of which there is, during the performance, the word “Exit” showing in large red letters, lit up by enclosed electric lights.  It might be specially remarked that all doors in the building open outward – a good feature in itself.

            It was through the C.C.S. that all the furnishings have been obtained, the seats which are so comfortable were made by specialists the American Seating Co., who have appointed the C.C.S. as their local representatives.

            All the designing and architecture on the building was done by A.A. Johnson, the manager himself, and he is to be congratulated on the exquisite taste he has displayed.  The Painting and Decorating of the Theatre was in the hands of Messrs. Johnson & Thompson.

            The building was built by Geo. Leask who is also its proprietor and from whom the Johnson Bros. have a five year lease.

            The Johnson Bros. are worthy of all the support that can be given them on account of their enterprise and their confidence in the city to make them put up such a large guarantee to make such an elegant place possible.

0052.0760: Rex Theatre

Cranbrooks' Rex Theatre opened its doors to the public, as one of the best moving picture houses found anywhere in the west today, and gave all its opening night proceeds to St. Eugene Hospital.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  December 7, 1912
Pages:  5
Publisher:  Cranbrook Prospector
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0052)


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