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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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Series programmed by: Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Program notes by Jimmy Hemphill.

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Special Thanks to: Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Program Notes by Jimmy Hemphill.


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SOLD OUT SCREENINGS: There will be a waiting line for Sold Out screenings. Tickets often become available at the door the night of an event.

Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

All guests are subject to availability. The Cinematheque will offer a refund due to guest cancellations only IF the refund transaction is complete PRIOR to the start of the show.



Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
(Aero by series)
(Aero Film Calendar)
(Egyptian by series)
(Egyptian by date)
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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.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< May 3 - 4, 2008 >>>

John Landis' Comedies


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From hilarious early efforts like KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE to MR. WARMTH, his recent documentary about Don Rickles, filmmaker John Landis has been one of America's most acclaimed and popular comedy directors. His films combine childlike enthusiasm with a sharp satirical point of view, and few auteurs take as much unadulterated glee in biting the hand that feeds them -- as when Landis used the resources of a major Hollywood studio to destroy the ultimate symbol of consumerism and capitalism, a suburban shopping mall, in THE BLUES BROTHERS.




Saturday, May 3 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

TRADING PLACES, 1983, Paramount, 118 min. Eddie Murphy proved that his debut performance in 48 HOURS was no fluke with this follow-up, a flat-out comic masterpiece that ranks with the best of Preston Sturges and Billy Wilder. Murphy plays a street hustler, and Landis regular Dan Aykroyd is a stockbroker; both men's lives are turned upside down when a pair of wealthy brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) decide to figure out whether nature matters more than nurture and manipulate the opposites into exchanging lives. Filled with quotable dialogue and expertly crafted by John Landis, it also includes a plethora of winning supporting performances from Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott, Paul Gleason and Jim Belushi (as, in a nod to Landis' debut film SCHLOCK, a guy in a gorilla suit!).

íTHREE AMIGOS!, 1986, MGM Repertory, 104 min. Dir. John Landis. Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short play a trio of silent-movie cowboys who become real-life heroes when they save a besieged Mexican village. This charming Western parody represents Landis at his most stylish and most affectionate, containing amusing tributes to classic films and performers as well as wry comic turns from the three leads. Discussion in between films with director John Landis.



Sunday, May 4 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

THE BLUES BROTHERS, 1980, Universal, 132 min. "Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ keep those doggies rollin’ … RAWHIDE!!" Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) go on a cross-country "mission from God" that leaves a mighty trail of destruction in their wake and some unforgettable musical numbers courtesy of the great Ray Charles, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. Director John Landis’ wildly funny (and over-the-top) film created a genre all its own: the apocalyptic-musical-comedy-road movie.

30th Anniversary Screening! NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE, 1978, Universal, 109 min. "We can do anything we want. We're college students!" John Landis’ third picture as a director was a huge hit and furnished the blueprint for countless subsequent teen comedies. Set in 1962, the college Delta House fraternity will take any rowdy, rough-housing misfit who applies (prime evidence is Bluto, played by John Belushi in his breakout movie role), and this does not sit well with Dean Wormer (John Vernon). The Dean enlists the rival, uptight, straight-arrow fraternity of bluebloods to help get the Delta boys off-campus for good, and a full-scale war erupts. With Tom Hulce (AMADEUS), Verna Bloom, Peter Riegert, Karen Allen, Tim Matheson. Director John Landis to introduce the screening.