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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 compiled by: Gwen Deglise.

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Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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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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Family Matinees 2009 Season!




No Matinee This Month.



Sunday, February 15 – 4:00 PM
Family Matinee – 25th Anniversary:

THE NEVER-ENDING STORY, 1984, Warner Bros., 102 min. Dir. Wolfgang Petersen. One of the only modern children’s films that can be mentioned in the same breath as THE WIZARD OF OZ. A true kids classic about courage, friendship and the magic of reading. Filled with giant turtles, rock creatures, and furry blue Luck Dragons, it captures kids’ imaginations, plus it has a theme song you will sing for the rest of your life. Join us at 3:00 PM at Every Picture Tells a Story bookstore for a free story hour and exhibit of fantasy artwork. Trailer



Saturday, March 7- 4:00 PM

Family Matinee!

Newly Restored! THE RED BALLOON, 1956, Janus Films, 34 min. Newly restored and available for the first time in almost a decade, director Albert Lamorisse's THE RED BALLOON remains one of the most beloved children's films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon that seems to have a mind of its own. Wandering through the streets of Paris, the two become inseparable, to the surprise of the neighborhood and the envy of other children. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, the film has enchanted the young -- and the young at heart -- for decades, and it will surely find a new generation of fans with this re-release. More

Newly Restored! WHITE MANE, 1953, Janus Films, 40 min. Dir. Albert Lamorisse. In the south of France is a near-desert region called La Camargue. There lives White Mane, a magnificent stallion and the leader of a herd of wild horses too proud to let themselves be broken in by humans. Only Folco, a young fisherman, manages to tame him. A strong friendship grows between the boy and the horse, but they must elude the wrangler and his herdsmen to live freely. (WHITE MANE is presented in a new English translation, faithful to the original French voiceover and dialogue, spoken by Peter Strauss.) More




Saturday, April 18 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee:

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 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. Trailer



Saturday, May 9 – 4:00 PM
Family Matinee!
THE BLACK STALLION, 1979, MGM Repertory, 118 min. Dir. Carroll Ballard. A dramatic shipwreck strands a young boy and a horse on a tropical island, where they become close friends before ending up in a dramatic racing championship with the help of trainer Mickey Rooney. Carroll Ballard’s visually stunning adaptation of Walter Farley’s novel provides magical images and rich emotional textures for all ages. Discussion following with actor Mickey Rooney and producer Fred Roos.



Saturday, June 6 – 4:00 PM

Family Matinee – Animated Film from Spain!

THE MISSING LYNX: PAWS ON THE RUN (EL LINCE PERDIDO), 2008, 97 min. Dirs. Raul Garcia & Manuel Sicilia. Don't miss the Winner of the Goya Best Animated film! Felix the Lynx, an endangered feline prone to accidents, lives in the breathtaking landscapes of Southern Spain. Together with his motley crew of animal friends (featuring Gus the chameleon and Bea the wild goat) they’re now fighting for their lives as they try to escape the blood thirsty Newmann, a world famous hunter hired by the eccentric millionaire Noah in his well meaning but dangerous plan to rescue every endangered species on earth. Co-produced by Antonio Banderas. Discussion following with director Raul Garcia and producer Antonio Banderas. 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, July 12 – 4:00 PM

Family Matinee:

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965, 20th Century Fox, 172 min. Dir. Robert Wise. Who can resist the triumphant musical tale of a nun (Julie Andrews) who becomes the nanny for the seven children of a widowed Austrian captain? Maria wins their hearts and eventually their father's as well. Meanwhile, the Nazis take control of their homeland (where the hills are alive with the Sound of Music). An Oscar winner for Best Picture and Robert Wise's flawless direction. Featuring "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things" and more of your favorite songs! THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a reason, a virtual commandment to go see movies on the Big Screen. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Anna Lee, Marni Nixon and Angela Cartwright, with a wonderful script by Ernest Lehman. (Please note that this is a 35mm print, not 70mm.) Trailer




Sunday, July 19 - 4:00 PM

Family Matinee!

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, 1970, Warner Bros., 90 min. The classic children's adventure novel by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer comes to life in this Chuck Jones ("What's Opera Doc?") musical. Butch Patrick ("The Munsters") plays Milo, a bored city kid who receives a mysterious gift of a magical tollbooth. Entering, he finds himself transported from live action to a psychedelic animated universe, then thrust into a series of far-out adventures including rescuing the Princess Rhyme and Reason from the castle in the air. Voices supplied by voice-over legend Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig). Trailer