Legendary Rex Theatre on Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur reincarnated into a place for communities, events, exhibitions, performances, screenings, bookstore, retail, food and beverage.
Our story Located in the heart of Downtown Kuala Lumpur, REXKL is a community & cultural hub that occupies a historical site of one of the first theatres in the country before founded in 1947. After the first fire in 1972, Rex Cinema was rebuilt as a state of the art single-screen theatre with over a thousand seating capacity. In its heyday, the Shaw Brothers, and later on by Golden Screen Cinemas operated the theatre before another fire in 2002 that ended its glory days as a cinema. 17 years later, a group of creative entrepreneurs led by Shin Tseng and Shin Chang decided to re-activate this 60,000 sq.ft. building as part the mission to rejuvenate the forgotten part of KL by injecting new businesses, cultural agenda and creative programs into this otherwise dilapidated hidden gem.
A social space for creative and cultural activities, a place in the city aims to make a difference.
What we do Privileging the reclaimed and repurposed, we aim to give the old buildings a new lease of life as a community hub for events, theatre, performances, screenings, facilities, exhibitions and workshops.
What we offer REXKL features the city’s emerging craftsmen, restaurateurs and retailers, including Stellar Coffee, Hijau KL, Book Xcess, Cheong Somm Wine Bar, Outsider Bikes and more. A lively, thriving community that makes it a beloved destination for locals and tourists alike. The project is also home to an ample event space featuring the original brick and exposed structure.
REXKL food hub named The Back Ground showcases some of the emerging F&B entrepreneurs KL can offer under one roof, in a casual and vibrant food hall atmosphere. You may find anything here, from all-day menus, family brunch or boozy lunches, sweet treats, casual dinner and nibbles in between. The team is dedicated to nurturing a gathering ground of food and drink purveyors contributing to a fundamental change in the industry. The Back Ground will continue to introduce and incubate food and drinks purveyors, with seasonal collaboration with emerging chefs and restaurants. Nourishing downtown KL community, one chow at a time.
We want you to learn and discover the stories behind the producers, brands, creatives and social enterprises that inspire us. From family-friendly programming to ticketed classes, REXKL serves as the perfect hub to bring people together. We host hundreds of inspirational workshops within The Back Ground, event spaces and the original REX cinema hall. Past workshops and activities include art jamming, coffee filter brewing, kids activities, chef pop-ups and everything in between.
We aim to provide memorable experiences through outstanding exhibitions and programming within an iconic cultural landmark. We’re excited to share with you innovative and thought-provoking events and hope you will join us in exploring the ideas and dialogues of our time. Exhibitions and events include international documentary screenings, art curations, watch parties and more.
To date, we have hosted over 100 events with over 50 social enterprises, empowering these communities to showcase their talents in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Head on below to see our upcoming events. Entry remains free for everyone unless stated otherwise.