THE screening of a romantic comedy featuring Lyme Regis can be seen on Sunday, June 16 and will be accompanied by a series of treat.

The audience watching the 1949 film All Over the Town, will be able to enjoy free canapes before the screening along with a montage of old photos showing the transition of the Marine Theatre throughout the years.

Many film fans will be aware of the recent filming of Ammonite in the centre of Lyme Regis, or have been lucky enough to be an extra in the screen adaptation of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1980.

But few will remember the making of an earlier film that starred Lyme Regis as a seaside ‘Tormouth’ the 1949 romantic comedy, All Over the Town, based on R.F. Delderfield’s novel.

The free screening of the film at the Marine Theatre on Sunday 16 June signals the start of the Theatre’s week-long celebrations of its own 125-year-old history.

From 6.30pm, the bar will be open and free canapés will be offered, and everyone should be in their seat by 7.15pm to watch theatre technician Steve Miller’s montage of old photographs showing the theatre’s transition through the years. Theatre trustee Karol Kulik will then introduce a short film by Steve and Duty Manager (and actor!) Tom Rushforth that shows the theatre’s little seen backstage area. And Lyme historian Ken Gollop will round off with a brief summary about the making of the film and what to look out for.

After the film is over at 9pm, the audience is welcome to take a backstage tour with a theatre volunteer, and both before and after the film, everyone will be encouraged to buy raffle tickets or make donations, both ways to assist the theatre in its essential fundraising to cover up-keep and finance future activities.

To enjoy this evening, you’ll need to act fast to get tickets either online or via Lyme’s TIC, and do arrive early on the night as seats are unallocated!

*Screening of All Over the Town, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Sunday, June 16, from 6.30pm.