Blackpool’s Regent Cinema classic film programme continues with movies shown regularly on Friday evenings starting 19:30. With three flicks from the ’70s season remaining, the ‘all time greats’ are hoving into view and they’re belters.

So we have classic gangster with Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather II (15th June), then Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian vision of a future Britain, A Clockwork Orange (22nd June) followed by perhaps the definitive John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever with that nigh on perfect Bee Gees soundtrack (29th June).

Arriving just in time for July, wallow in the ultimate Christmas movie’s nostalga with the Wizard of Oz (6th July). Imagine the original audiences’ delight as Judy Garland as Dorothy switches from black and white Kansas to a technicolour fantasy world. In actual fact this smashing film seems to have dropped off the Christmas schedules of late; I shall be going if only for that reason.

I seem to notice at least one cross over with the recently screened, The Goonies, Corey Feldman, in Stand by Me (13th July) an Oregon set boys’ bonding movie with some nasty characters and a murder at its core.

On 20th July we have Fight Club, a film I admit to finding rather bizarre, having said which, while watching it, it does seem to make sense, partly due to the elan that the principal actors deliver. To bring meaning to their empty existences, grown men meet secretly and beat each other senseless, the leaders living on the edge of society and apparently plotting its downfall. No further comment as I don’t want to be on anymore watch lists.

Finally in the ‘all time greats’ season, we have The Karate Kid (27th July), the definitive anti-bullying movie carrying a dire warning not to underestimate old people, they may turn out to be special forces or in this case an unassuming martial arts master. Down trodden newbie school boy gets picked on by macho karate bum holes, but turns the situation around with a little help from the local car mechanic.

The Regent Cinema classic film programmes are ably supported from the in house snack bar serving traditional cinema food, soft and alcoholic drinks. The pop corn and bottled beers seem to be particularly popular. The cinema itself, a grade 2 listed building, is situated on the corner of Regent Road and Church Street in Blackpool town centre, with car parking directly opposite and is handy for buses. Tickets are available on line or pay on the door.

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  • David Simper

    I have worked in the housing and transport professions for several local authorities, specialising in policy, strategy preparation and bid writing. Having always had an interest in film, the visual arts in general, theatre, music and lterature, I thought it would be good to combine the writing experience with these interests to contribute to altBlackpool. In addition to writing, my hobbies include watercolour and pastel painting, photography, woodwork, cycling and vegetable gardening.

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