Penang’s Iconic Rex Cinema To Be Torn Down To Build A 27-Storey Condominium

When you pass by the bustling Burma Road, you’ll definitely have seen a building situated majestically on the left known as Rex Cinema. This iconic building will soon be torn down to give way to a 27-storey condominium.

State Of The Art Rex Cinema In Penang Faces Demolition

Established 84 years ago, Rex Cinema was a state-of-the-art single-screen theater with with Art Deco architectural style that originated in France. Back in the day, the cinema was dubbed “one of the best” as it had centralised air conditioning and chairs imported from America.

REX CinemaImage: (Website)

REX CinemaImage: (Website)

Besides these remarkable features, this cinema was a work of art by Charles Boutcher, an architect behind numerous renowned buildings in Malaysia such as the Zahir Mosque in Alor Setar and the Kedah House on Northam Road.

Needless to say, Rex Cinema was an icon. It operated until the 2000s before a furniture shop, MEKIO took over its operations.

MEKIO Home Furnishing PenangImage: (website)

Now, the most recent news in regard to Rex Cinema is that it faces demolition. In its place, The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has approved the construction of a high-rise condominium.

REX CinemaImage: (Website)

REX CinemaImage: (Website)

What Do You Think Of This?

According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), the developer has “endeavoured to maintain the facade of the cinema.” On the other hand, local activists are upset over this decision and an online petition was even set up here. As of the time of writing, the petition has over 2,700 signatures.

Source: Free Malaysia Today (FMT)

Images: (Website)

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