A collection of over 100 original Regent Cinema programmes dating from 1948 to 1955, found in impeccable condition at a flat in Rickmansworth last year, are now the subject of a fascinating new display at Lyme Regis 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 Mrs Mary Howard in October when, co-incidentally, the Regent would have been celebrating its 80th birthday but for the fire which destroyed it three 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! 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 About the Town” the 1948 film that was shot in Lyme – and by coincidence was on TV twice last week.”