A POP-UP, open-air cinema event will be held in Lister Gardens, Lyme Regis, this April.
Lyme Regis Town Council this week gave permission for DNT Events to stage the event in the public gardens on Saturday, April 21st. If successful, two further events will be planned later in the year.
The company is a well-established events organiser, staging more than 100 open-air events a year. Its cinema nights – held in several south coast towns, from Eastborne to Plymouth – usually attract 3,ooo to 5,000 people.
The inflatable cinema screen would be sited at the bottom of Lister Gardens, on top of the Amusement Arcade.
Discussing the event at Wednesday night’s meeting, Councillor Jeff Scowen said he “wholeheartedly” supported it and Lyme Regis needed more pop-up events that added to the town’s calendar.
He added that it would also give the council an idea whether outside events, such as cinema nights and concerts which it had previously discussed hosting itself, would work in the gardens.
Councillor Cheryl Reynolds also supported the proposal, saying she had been impressed by the knowledge of the organisers and they would take into account the fact that Lister Gardens was a public right of way.
However, Councillor John Broom expressed concern that the council would not receive any money for allowing the use of Lister Gardens, which could set a precedent, and suggested the organisers could “at least make a donation to charity”.
Members agreed to allow DNT Events free use of Lister Gardens for the first event, and would consider whether to charge for any future events at a later date.
The organisers have not yet announced which film will be screened or any ticket details.
Open-air cinema events used to be held in Lister Gardens as part of Regatta & Carnival Week but these stopped in recent years due to increasing costs of staging the events.