The Rex in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, is a real treat and has spoilt me for other cinemas forever. This restored single-screen art deco cinema is an absolute gem. It was built in 1938, closed in 1988 following the rise of video, and reopened in 2004 as a thing of beauty.
Yesterday my friend Auriol and I popped down for a matinee of Rush, Ron Howard’s 1970s Formula 1 pic. It’s excellent, by the way. But a trip to The Rex is much more about the cinema itself – candle-lit tables in the lower circle, a gold curtain over the screen and gorgeous art deco details everywhere. There’s even a licensed bar inside the auditorium and with a cheese platter that the bar staff will deliver to your table five minutes before the start of the film, who needs popcorn and sticky nachos? You certainly can’t get them here. And the best surprise is that it’s significantly cheaper than going to an Odeon or a Cineworld.
And obviously you should vintage up your outfit on a day out to such a special place. It was the first outing for my gorgeous vintage fur coat – a 1960s piece in perfect condition from Stella Dallas in Soho, New York. It was my one big New York purchase, was fairly pricy but I’m so glad I took it home with me.
Who put that can there?
1960s fur coat – Stella Dallas, New York
Reindeer jumper – Topshop (via a surprise parcel sent to me by my beautiful friend Maryam)
Skirt – Primark
Bag – Beyond Retro
Lace gloves – vintage, present
Mary Janes – Dr Martens, £30 from the factory shop (the Doc Shop, High Street, Wollaston, near Wellingborough)
Umbrella – Lulu Guinness