Post-war cinema programmes in museum display

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Museum director David Tucker, Mary Howard who donated the poster (centre) and museum trustee Margaret Rose with the display

A COLLECTION of more than 100 original programmes from the Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis, dating from 1948 to 1955 and found in impeccable condition at a flat in Rickmansworth last year, are now the subject of a fascinating new display at the town’s museum.

With an emphasis on British films, from the covers to advertising and classic photo stills, the programmes represent a fascinating insight into both the popular films of the time and the town itself during the post-war years.

They were loaned to the museum by local resident Mary Howard in October when, co-incidentally, the Regent would have been celebrating its 80th birthday but for the fire which destroyed it two years ago.

Museum trustee Margaret Rose said: “This was a time when the cheapest seat in the stalls would have set you back just 10d, and the manager would post programmes to you at home!

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Filming of ‘All Over The Town’ in Lyme Regis in the 1940s

“Those days are gone, but for those who were there at the time, this is a richly evocative trip down memory lane, and for others, a real glimpse of a bygone age recorded in vivid detail.”

Museum director David Tucker added: “This lovely display has been created by our volunteer curatorial and research team. We’re very pleased to be able to display our poster for ‘All Over the Town’ the 1948 film that was shot in Lyme – and by coincidence was on TV twice last week.”

The Regent Cinema closed two years ago this month after the auditorium was completely destroyed by fire, but owners WTW – Scott Cinemas says they are committed to rebuilding the attraction.

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