Wilmslow Town Council Chairman, Martin Watkins, recently visited the Rex cinema following their prolonged closures due to Covid-19.
In 2019, the installation of a lift in the Rex was made possible due to a grant of £21,219 from the Town Council. Martin Watkins said of the grant “The Town Council knew that the Rex’s reopening in late 2018 would support Wilmslow’s night time economy, bringing vibrancy and vitality and attracting other businesses to the town. The installation of a lift in the Rex would make visiting the cinema available to the whole community, and the council therefore supported the grant application unreservedly.”
The lift installation has meant that the whole first floor of the Rex cinema - including the Balcony Screen, bar and lounge - is completely accessible to wheelchair users.
On display near the lift is a plaque recognising Wilmslow Town Council's contribution to the installation (below).
Rex owners Louis and Sophie Mundin (pictured with Martin Watkins in front of the lift) said, “We are very grateful to Wilmslow Town Council, who contributed half of the costs to install our lift at the Rex when we renovated and reopened. We love being a part of the community of Wilmslow and the lift has helped make a very old cinema building, with lots of stairs, accessible to all!”
Wilmslow Town Council recognise that the Rex is a major footfall driver for our Town Centre and a focal point for the community. In December 2020, Wilmslow Town Council funded five free screenings of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at the Rex, to support them after a challenging year whilst bringing a little Christmas cheer to residents. The Town Council is also funding family-friendly films at the Rex in October this, as part of Wilmslow's Festival of Nature.
For information on the Rex cinema, please visit https://rexcinemawilmslow.com/