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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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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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Special One Night Events & Limited Engagements, Sneak Previews in June:



Thursday, June 4 - 7:30 PM
Tribute to Writer Horton Foote:
Double Feature: TOMORROW
, 1972, Castle Hill Productions, 103 min. Dir. Joseph Anthony. Robert Duvall stars as a Mississippi farmer who, despite his own independent predisposition, falls in love with a pregnant woman who has been abandoned by her husband. Based on a story by William Faulkner, this drama was adapted by Horton Foote (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) from his play and is understated, touching and romantic.
TENDER MERCIES, 1983, Universal, 100 min. In another Horton Foote-Robert Duvall collaboration, Duvall (in an Oscar-winning performance) plays a fallen-from-grace Texas country singer who gets a second chance at life with an attractive widow (Tess Harper) and her son. A purely character-driven collection of episodes rather than a conventional story, TENDER MERCIES represents Foote at his observational best, with expert direction by Bruce Beresford and fine performances by Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin and Wilford Brimley. Trailer




Monday, June 8 - 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3, 2009, Columbia Pictures, 121 min. Dir. Tony Scott. In The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. John Travolta stars as Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there’s one riddle Garber can't solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape? Guests to be announced. Trailer


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Thursday, June 11 - 7:30 PM
New Restored 35mm Print! Irving Brecher Tribute! BYE BYE BIRDIE, 1963, Columbia, 112 min. Dir. George Sidney. A famous, Elvis-like rock star is drafted and, as a public relations stunt, decides to give a public farewell kiss to the small town girl chosen as his most zealous fan. Adapted from the original Broadway hit, this hellzapoppin musical comedy stars Dick Van Dyke as a stressed-out press agent, Janet Leigh as his longsuffering girlfriend, Ann-Margret as the ultimate in sweet, sexy teenagers and Paul Lynde (!) as her justifiably anxious dad. Hank Rosenfeld, author of the book on Irving Brecher, "The Wicked Wit of the West: The Last Great Golden Age Screenwriter" will introduce the screening. More | Trailer




Friday, June 12 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:
1980, Paramount, 88 min. Dir. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker. After the whole airplane crew becomes ill, the survival of everyone on board depends on ex Navy pilot Ted Stryker (Robert Hays). Will he be able to safely land the plane? The quintessential movie spoof that spawned an entire genre of parody films, the original still holds up as one of the brightest comedic gems of the 1980s.

TOP SECRET!, 1984, Paramount. 90 min. Dir. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.Val Kilmer stars as an American rock star who gets sucked into the world of European espionage in the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker team’s follow-up to their smash hit AIRPLANE! Taking shots at everything from Elvis movies to WWII action epics, this parody has more laughs per minute than just about any other film of the 1980s. Discussion in between films with directors David Zucker & Jim Abrahams and other guests to be announced. Trailer


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Saturday, June 13 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

ROCKY, 1976, MGM Repertory, 119 min. Sylvester Stallone wrote and starred in the title role of this inspirational underdog story, the classic tale of a struggling working stiff from Philadelphia who gets a shot at the world heavyweight title. More than just a boxing story, in the hands of Stallone and director John Avildsen this becomes a moving romance (with Talia Shire as Rocky Balboa’s girlfriend) and a sociological document of working class Philadelphia in the 1970s. Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith provide knockout supporting performances. Winner of 3 Oscars, including Best Picture. Trailer

ROCKY II, 1979, MGM Repertory, 119 min. Sylvester Stallone moves into the director’s chair for the second and most character-driven of the ROCKY films. The story follows Rocky as he takes another shot at the title, but the sports drama is only a starting point for what really interests writer-director Stallone: digressions regarding Rocky’s personal life, including his marriage to sweetheart Adrian (Talia Shire). A rare sequel that deepens and develops its series’ themes instead of simply repeating them. Trailer



Sunday, June 14 - 4:00 PM
Errol Flynn Centennial Double Feature:
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, 1938, Warner Bros., 102 min. Dirs. Michael Curtiz and William Keighley. In what is commonly acknowledged as one of the most beautiful, spectacular early Technicolor films, swashbuckling Errol Flynn ("Welcome to Sherwood!") rescues lovely Olivia de Havilland from the evil clutches of Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone in a rousing adventure for the ages. Trailer

CAPTAIN BLOOD, 1935, Warner Bros., 119 min. Director Michael Curtiz directs one of the best swashbucklers ever made, and the film that made Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland stars. Dr. Peter Blood (Flynn), a man unjustly convicted of treason, is exiled to Port Royal, sold into slavery and bought by the lovely Lady Arabella (de Havilland). He and fellow convicts manage to escape, take over a Spanish galleon, and pirate Captain Blood is born! Lionel Atwill and villainous Basil Rathbone are standouts in the exceptional supporting cast. Starting the program Robert Goodwin and his team will do a demonstration of both historic and Hollywood sword styles. Robert Goodwin has 45 years experience in Asian fighting styles, is a European sword master for film, and has trained Ron Perlman, Kristanna Loken, Eric Roberts and others for on camera duels. Join us at Every Picture Tells A Story across the street at 3:00 PM, for a free Pirate Story Hour. Trailer





Sunday, June 28 – 5:30 PM
Art Director Series Designing for Adventu

THE ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD, 1974, Walt Disney, 93 min. Dir. Robert Stevenson. A Victorian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished while searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley in uncharted Arctic regions. Explorers embark on an airship expedition to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret. With David Hartman, Donald Sinden. Designed by Peter Ellenshaw, the film was nominated for an Academy AwardŽ for Best Art Direction. Power point presentation prior to the screening and discussion following with guests to be announced, moderated by John Muto. Trailer