Rex House, London

Robert Cromie
Date Built
Lower Regent Street
Rex House was designed by the famous cinema architect Robert Cromie.  In the basement of this large office building Cromie located the Paris Cinema.  The timing wasn't good for the Paris Cinema though because seven months after its opening on April 20, 1939, it closed again due to the "war-time conditions."  It did reopen in February of the following year but it only operated on an infrequent basis.  It closed for good in September 1940 when it was requisitioned by the Government Office of Works.  After the war the BBC converted it into a radio studio and over the years it was used to produce such programs as the radio version of " Dad's Army" and "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue"

After the BBC moved out in 1995, the former cinema lay vacant until the mid 2000s when it was converted into an "LA Fitness" gym.