WAREHAM'S historic Rex Cinema, one of the longest-running independent cinemas in the country, is set to reopen.

Doors will open at the Rex on Friday, May 28, after a lengthy shutdown through the latest lockdown.

Chairman of the Rex Cinema committee, David Evans, said: "As we commence our countdown to the return of the Rex, we would like to give heartfelt thanks to all of our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who help to keep the cinema running.

"As guardians, we will make sure that it remains at the heart of the community into its next century.”

The community cinema is run by a registered charity and has 47 unpaid, volunteers who undertake roles.

The Rex Cinema sprang back to life briefly last December, when it showcased its newly-refurbished interior which had been completed throughout 2020.

A spokesman said: "The cinema is proud to now welcome audiences back and present the lovingly remodelled art deco bar with increased access through to the elegant new unisex washroom facilities, all in accordance with social distancing guidelines."

The May programme launches with the multi-Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning Nomadland (cert 12A), and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, (cert U) for the half-term family morning and afternoon film.

The spokesman said: "The Rex Cinema is one of the longest running independent cinemas in the country.

"The treasured venue opened in 1921 with silent movies, brought talkies to the roaring ‘20s, held fast throughout the ‘30s depression, the second World War and, more recently, two national lockdowns, but it is still standing strong and is delighted to be reopening its doors once again."