Lighthouse turns 40 this year and to celebrate we're turning back the clock with screenings of classic films across four decades.

The collection of films which will be shown throughout the year begins with blockbusters from 1978, with all tickets priced at just £1.30 each – the same price as they were the year Lighthouse opened.

The 1978 series begins on 30 March with a screening of epic war drama The Deer Hunter, starring Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage. The film won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Walken.

Have tissues at the ready for Watership Down on 31 March. Based on the novel by Richard Adams, this animated adventure drama about a group of rabbits features the Art Garfunkel song Bright Eyes, which went on to become a number one hit.

Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind screens on the very day of Lighthouse’s 40th birthday, 1 April. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object. Made on a production budget of $20 million, the film was a critical and financial success on its release, eventually grossing $300 million worldwide.

Hailed as one of the greatest documentary concert films ever made, The Last Waltz (3 April) features a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Advertised as The Band's "farewell concert appearance" the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood and many more. The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name.

Based on the 1937 Agatha Christie novel of the same name, Death on the Nile comes to the Lighthouse cinema on 4 April. Sir Peter Ustinov plays Belgian detective Hercule Poirot alongside a supporting cast including Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, David Niven and George Kennedy. The film won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design at the 51st Academy Awards.

Pull on your dancing trousers and get ready to boogie with Saturday Night Fever on 5 April. Starring John  Travolta as Tony Manero and with a soundtrack of music by the Bee Gees, the film significantly helped to popularise disco music around the world and made Travolta a household name.

Tickets (at 1978 prices) are on sale now from the Lighthouse ticket office on 01202 280000 or online.  

Look out for dates and times for classic movies from the 80s, 90s and 00s will be announced as the year progresses!

Published 12 March 2018