A REGULAR film night is being launched by two film experts at the Marine Theatre.

Every Tuesday fortnight from March, Lyme Regis residents can enjoy classic Hollywood films at the town’s current cinema.

‘Tuesday Night at the Movies’ has been specially created for local people who prefer their films displayed on the big 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 local, Karol Kulik, who enlisted the help of David Johnson, once manager of the Regent Cinema and member of Lyme Regis Film Society.

The films have been chosen from the results of the questionnaire and the 12 films that ranked highest in the poll will be screened.

The two earliest, from 1940, derive from 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 a piano and daughter in tow to face an arranged marriage.

The 53 years in between will bring to the Marine audience popular historical pictures such as ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘A Man for All Seasons’, thrillers like ‘The Third Man’ and ‘Vertigo’ and musical or comedy classics such as ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’.

The season’s two openers have special resonance. ‘Blade Runner’ (1982), which is being screened on March 12, gained 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.

Films will start from March 12 from 7.30pm, with the bar opening at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 in advance or £6.50 on the door, with 10 per cent off for Theatre Friends and U3A members.