EVERY Tuesday fortnight from March, residents of Lyme Regis will be sharing classic Hollywood films in the congenial surroundings of the town’s current cinema, the Marine Theatre.
The ‘Tuesday Night at the Movies’ series has been specially created for local people, who prefer their films displayed on a huge screen in a darkened auditorium with rows full of cheering, crying or laughing neighbours with a drink or ice cream in their hand.
The event is the creation of film historian and Lyme resident Karol Kulik. who enlisted the help of David Johnson, once manager of the Regent Cinema and leading light of the Lyme Regis Film Society.
The films have been chosen from the results of a questionnaire with the 12 films that ranked highest in the poll to be screened over the coming months.
The two earliest, from 1940, derive from just published novels: Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rebecca’ is based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel and John Ford’s version of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, by Steinbeck.
The most recent film is award-winning ‘The Piano’ from 1993, starring Holly Hunter as a mute Scot arriving in New Zealand with piano and daughter in tow to face an arranged marriage, directed by Jane Campion from her original screenplay.
The 53 years in between will bring to the Marine audience popular historical pictures like ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘A Man for All Seasons’, thrillers like ‘The Third Man’ and ‘Vertigo’ and musical or comedy classics like ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’.
The season’s two openers have special resonance. ‘Blade Runner’ (1982), being screened on March 12, was a “sleeper”, gaining in popularity as the years progressed, and then lauded again after its recent sequel.
This Ridley Scott loose adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel derives its relevance to us from its “futuristic” setting in a dystopian Los Angeles of 2019. Here’s a great chance for Lyme audiences to weigh up its predictions.
‘Tuesday Night at the Movies’ will be held on alternate Tuesday nights in the Marine Theatre from March 12, with the bar opening at 6.30pm for 7.30pm starts.
Tickets cost £5 in advance or £6.50 on the door, with 10% off for Theatre Friends and U3A members. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com