1984 Film Season at the BME


If you were a child of the ‘80s, you may have spent 1984 at home playing Tetris on your Atari, watching Masters of the Universe or playing with your Cabbage Patch Kid.  If you were old enough to go to the cinema, maybe you caught some of our ‘80s film season blockbusters the first time around? 


If you want some nostalgia or fancy indulging for the first time, come and join us this November and December as we celebrate 1984.  For optimum indulgence, why not buy a film season pass, so you can come along every week!  Being the British Museum of Rock and Pop, we’ve selected films that have great soundtracks - so you can watch the films surrounded by memorabilia from rock and pop history.


Please note, our galleries are closed during film screenings.  There are no ads or trailers, all films start at 7pm. We limit the numbers of tickets on sale to ensure social distancing. 

All Tickets

  • £7.50 / £6 concession, Independent Liverpool member (ID required)

  • Film Season Pass (all 4 films) £20

Desperately Seeking Susan

Thursday 3 December, 7pm

Ok…so we’ve cheated a bit here…this was released in April 1985, but who doesn’t love a bit of early Madonna?!


Bored Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) spots a regular personal ad in the paper titled 'Desperately Seeking Susan'. She heads off to New York, following one of the ads, and finds Susan (Madonna). When Susan sells her jacket, Roberta - trying to emulate her mystery ad writer - buys the jacket and wears it. Little does she know someone is looking for the jacket - and its owner...


Director: Susan Seidelman

Certificate: 15

Length: 1hr 44mins


Thursday 17 December, 7pm

In search of the perfect Christmas present for Billy his teenage son, Randall Peltzer comes up with a ‘Mogwai’. But, this otherwise sweet and furry pet companion comes with a warning: should its unwise owner break the three fundamental guidelines of owning such a unique creature, all hell will break loose. Of course, Billy disregards the strict rules, and as the once-adorable animal spawns terrifying minuscule critters, the suburban haven of Kingston Falls is under siege. Now, there is no turning back, and destruction is at hand. Is there an escape from this endless Yuletide nightmare, and the horrible menace of the Gremlins?



Director: Joe Dante

Certificate: 12A

Length: 1hr 46mins


Thursday 10 December, 7pm

After delving into the supernatural one time too many, the scientists and ambitious paranormal researchers, Dr Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr Raymond Stantz (Dan Akroyd) and Dr Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), find themselves out of work. Intent on proving everyone wrong, the team comes up with "Ghostbusters", a paranormal search-and-destroy service, targeting the Big Apple's rogue spirits, until they come face-to-face with the ancient shape-shifting demon, Gozer the Destructor. Now, the possessed former client Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and her love-smitten neighbour Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) are up to something, eager to usher in a new era of evil. For the first time in their career, the Ghostbusters are on to something big; however, do they have what it takes to thwart the interdimensional entity's malevolent plans?


Director: Ivan Reitman

Certificate: PG

Length: 1hr 45mins


Thursday 14 January, 7pm

When teenager Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, there is one small pleasure: Ariel Moore (Lori Singer), a troubled but lovely girl with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalise the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and Let's Hear It for the Boy.


Director: Herbert Ross

Certificate: 12A

Length: 1hr 47mins


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