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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
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Family Matinees!



For more Family Friendly Films see our Disney Live Action Series this month!

Sunday, July 8 – 3:00 PM

Silent Family Matinee – Kid’s Festival:

Story & Snack Hour at 2 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story

THE KID, 1921, 60 min. In perhaps his greatest film masterpiece, Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp, following his paternal instincts, takes a hapless, orphaned baby - "The Kid" - under his wing. Five years pass, and the tyke is now a precocious little boy (Jackie Coogan), helping his foster dad, The Tramp, in his "window glass replacement" scam. But a confluence of events, including The Kid’s sudden illness, conspire to separate the two. "…scenes of Chaplin and his company at their finest. And it is a real cinematographic work in the universal language of moving pictures. It could be understood, which means mightily enjoyed, anywhere in the world without a single sub-title, and those it has are few, far between and brief."The New York Times Special matinee price for kids under 10 years old: $5

Bring your children to discover the wonderful art of Charlie Chaplin on a big screen, with live musical accompaniment, and to begin, some very funny silent short films!




Saturday, July 14 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee – Kid’s Festival:

Story  & Snack Hour at 2 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story

MARY POPPINS, 1964, Disney, 140 min. Dir. Robert Stevenson. Julie Andrews is God’s gift to nanny-dom as Mary Poppins in this classic musical comedy/fantasy. When Poppins comes to work for the Banks family in their turn-of-the-20th-century London household, she uplifts everyone’s spirits and brings magic to their lives. Dick Van Dyke is Bert, the good-natured chimney sweep and the great Jane Darwell, in her last screen appearance, plays the bird lady. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Andrews for Best Actress and Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman for Best Original Song and Best Original Music Score. With a classic cast that includes David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Arthur Treacher, Ed Wynn and Reginald Owen. Special matinee price for kids under 10 years old: $5



Sunday, July 15 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee – Kid’s Festival:

Story  & Snack Hour at 2 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story

THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD, 2000, 85 min. Dir. Britt Alcroft. Based on the award- winning television series. Diesel 10, an evil diesel locomotive has plans to destroy all the steam locomotives that live on the railway. Mister Conductor is running out of magic dust that allows him to travel from Shiney Town station to Thomas Island. Thomas the tank engine must fend off enemies, and help his friends to save the railway. Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda. Special matinee price for kids under 10 years old: $5 Discussion following with director Britt Allcroft and other guests. A benefit event for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund with an exhibit of rare Thomas memorabilia from Britt Allcroft's personal collection, Thomas stories, plus an auction and sale of rare Thomas merchandise will be held prior to the screening at 1:30 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story.




Sunday, July 22 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee – Kid’s Festival:

Sponsored by Creature Features: THE MONSTER SQUAD, 1987, LionsGate, 82 min. Dir. Fred Dekker. Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way. With Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Tom Noonan (as Frankenstein’s monster), Duncan Regehr (as Dracula). Special matinee price for kids under 10 years old: $5 Discussion following with the writer/director Fred Dekker, several of the stars and tech people from both Stan Winston Studios and Richard Edlund from BossFilm. The 20th Anniversary Edition DVD of the film will be released on July 24. Don’t miss this special launching event!




Sunday, July 29 - 3:00 PM
Special Don Bluth Family Matinee - Kid’s Festival:

Story & Snack Hour at 2 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story

25th Anniversary! THE SECRET OF NIMH, 1982, MGM Repertory, 82 min. Producer, director Don Bluth's (ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN; LAND BEFORE TIME ) beautiful and meticulously animated feature adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of Nimh written by author Robert C. O’Brien. A throwback to early Disney pictures with awe-inspiring colors, backgrounds and character detail. Featuring the wondrous and powerful voices of Derek Jacobi as Nicodemus and John Carradine as the Great Owl. Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman) is a widowed mouse with a young son sick with pneumonia, and even more her cinder block home is about to be flattened by a tractor. Brisby must seek help from the Rats of N.I.M.H., mentally enhanced lab rodents who've escaped from the National Institute of Mental Health, led by Nicodemus. With Harry Potter-like high adventure, the heroes must battle cat attacks and murderous rats. The exciting climactic swordfight based on the Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone duel in the ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD steals the show. Two of Brisby's children are voiced by young actors Wil Wheaton (STAND BY ME) and Shannon Doherty ("Beverly Hills 90210"). Dom Deluise voices the humorous Jeremy. With music by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith. Special matinee price for kids under 10 years old: $5



Saturday, June 16 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee!

THE DARK CRYSTAL, 1982, Universal, 93 min. Dir. Jim Henson, Frank Oz. Legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson was initially inspired by a Lewis Carroll poem to create his own fairy tale about Jen, the last-surviving Gelfling, who is sent by his dying master on an epic quest to fulfill his destiny to heal the fractured Dark Crystal. After three years of brainstorming with a team that included renowned fantasy artist Brian Froud and screenwriter David Odell, Henson wove the ideas into a story that was then fleshed out by Odell, and the task shifted to bringing those words and images to life in this charming film which combined state-of-the-art technology to create a groundbreaking alchemy of puppetry and electronics on a scale never before attempted. Followed by a discussion with screenwriter David Odell.



Saturday, May 26 - 3:00 PM

Family Matinee! Just Confirmed - We will be Screening the Extended Version with 17 Minutes of Extra Footage!

BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, 1971, Walt Disney, 134 min. Dir. Robert Stevenson. An overlooked live action/animated gem from the team that made MARY POPPINS. Eglantine Price (Angela Landsbury), an apprentice witch taking correspondence classes, looks after three orphans during World War II. Traveling on a flying bed in search of a magic spell book, the team, along with Brownie (David Tomlinson) must fend off an evil king as well as Nazi soldiers. An enchanting film highlighted by an animal soccer match and a beautiful dance contest. Featuring the songs "Portobello Road," "The Old Home Guard" and "Beautiful Briney" (which is sung as Elglantine and the kids are bobbing along under the sea on the flying bed) by the always wonderful Sherman Brothers. An Academy Award winner for Best Special Effects. As well as a nominee for: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,
Best Costume Design, Best Music, Original Song (The Age of Not Believing) and Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score.



Saturday, April 7 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee:

THE BAD NEWS BEARS, 1976, Paramount, 102 min. Michael Ritchie (FLETCH; THE CANDIDATE) directs the little league baseball comedy to end all little league baseball comedies. Walter Matthau stars as drunken ex-minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker, coaching a team of profane, pint-sized, talentless misfits. Buttermaker must recruit the daughter of a former girlfriend, pitching-ace-turned-young-woman Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O’Neil) and cool kid Kelly Leak, played by comeback actor of last year Jackie Earl Haley (LITTLE CHILDREN). Vic Morrow ("Combat") shines as the rival Yankees overbearing dad/coach from hell, with a memorable turn by Alfred Lutter (ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE) as Ogilve. Jerry Fielding’s now classic score utilizing snatches of Bizet’s opera, Carmen is forever stuck in all of our heads.



Sunday, April 8 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee:

THE SANDLOT, 1993, 20th Century Fox, 101 min. Like THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and A CHRISTMAS STORY, this is a great film, largely ignored upon release, that found life on television and DVD. Here’s your chance to see it on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen. David Mickey Evans (RADIO FLYER) directs his first feature film and knocks it out of the park. It’s sandlot baseball set in the summer of 1962, with Babe Ruth-autographed baseballs, best buddies and giant demon dogs named the Beast that live beyond the rickety home run fence. Geeky kid, Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) moves to the San Fernando Valley with his parents and is unable to make friends until sandlot baseball hero Benny Rodriguez adds him to the team. Made up of all the magic little moments of childhood, when scary things really were over the fence, and crazy drawn-in-the-dirt battle plans actually worked. Patrick Renna ("Ham") stands out in one of the best kid casts since THE BAD NEWS BEARS. "You're Killing me, Smalls!" has become a catch phrase to many children since. Also stars James Earl Jones.



Sunday, September 9 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee:

THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime, candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s favorite, one of the most beloved film classics of all time. Take a surreal stroll down the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she encounters the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), Glinda, the Good Witch (Billie Burke) and the Wicked Witch Of The West (Margaret Hamilton). With the amazing Frank Morgan doing multiple duties in a variety of roles, including the Wizard. Song "Over The Rainbow" was an Oscar winner. Watch out for the Flying Monkeys! Join us at Every Picture Tells A Story at 2 PM for story time and snacks!




Sunday, November 18 – 4:00 PM

Family Matinee!

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, 1968, MGM Repertory, 142 min. Dir. Ken Hughes. Iin this fantastical musical adventure story, adapted from the book by James Bond author Ian Fleming, widowed father and eccentric inventor Caracatus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) transforms a broken-down old car into a flying machine -- to the delight of his children (Heather Ripley & Adrian Hall), and the envy of the tantrum-prone Vulgarian king (Gert Frobe, who played "Goldfinger" in the 007 film), who has outlawed children in his kingdom. The Potts family, with candy factory heiress Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), head to the kingdom to save the day! With a lovely score by the MARY POPPINS team of Richard and Robert Sherman!



Saturday, December 22 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee!

SCROOGE, 1970, CBS Films (Hollywood Classics), 113 min. Albert Finney is a gleefully wicked Scrooge in this glorious musical adaptation by Leslie Bricusse of Dickens’ ode to brotherhood and the terrible power of karma. Director Ronald Neame was a long-time Dickens veteran, having produced David Lean’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS and OLIVER TWIST; here, he proved himself to be a wonderfully humorous and sympathetic filmmaker in his own right. Co-starring Alec Guinness, Edith Evans and Kenneth More.