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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: Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Jim Hemphill with additions by Beth Hanna.

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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 16 - 19, 2010 >>>

Written Communication: A Tribute to Lorenzo Semple, Jr.


This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!


Screenwriter, playwright and short-story author Lorenzo Semple Jr. garnered acclaim as a television writer during the medium's golden age, scripting episodes of "Kraft Suspense Theatre," "Rat Patrol" and other hits. He struck gold with his work on TV's "Batman," for which he wrote the pilot and several episodes (he also was the series' story editor, leaving his mark on the entire first season), before scripting the 1966 feature film version of the program. Semple went on to write some of the American cinema's greatest screenplays, including the political thrillers THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and THE PARALLAX VIEW. Join us for two double features representing two sides of Semple's sensibility: the comic book escapades of BATMAN and 1980's FLASH GORDON and the sly satire of PRETTY POISON and THE MARRIAGE OF A YOUNG STOCKBROKER.


Sunday, May 16 – 5:00

Larry Karaszewski Presents:Double Feature: BATMAN, 1966, 20th Century Fox, 105 min. Dir. Leslie Martinson. The "Batman" TV show spawned this feature-length opus, bringing to the big screen more tongue-in-cheek antics from Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) as they battle a villainous alliance of the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and the Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). Trailer

FLASH GORDON, 1980, Universal, 111 min. Dir. Mike Hodges. This adaptation of Alex Raymond’s comic strip has just the right balance of action, tongue-in-cheek humor and mindblowing production design, with a score by none other than Queen! Relative unknowns Sam J. Jones and Melody Anderson play Flash and Dale, but the supporting cast is full of heavyweights, including Max von Sydow, Topol and Timothy Dalton. Discussion between films with writer Lorenzo Semple Jr. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Wednesday, May 19 – 7:30 PM

Larry Karaszewski Presents: Double Feature:THE MARRIAGE OF A YOUNG STOCKBROKER, 1971, 20th Century Fox, 95 min. Dir. Lawrence Turman. William Arlen (Richard Benjamin) is unhappily married to his wife and happily married to his lurid hobby - being a voyeur. A hilarious and nuanced portrait of a man in the midst of failure-to-launch doldrums.

PRETTY POISON, 1968, 20th Century Fox, 89 min. Dir. Noel Black. Compulsive liar and former fire-bug Anthony Perkins is paroled to a small-town factory job where his secret-agent fantasy life fuels romance with budding cheerleader Tuesday Weld in Lorenzo Semple Jr.’s ferociously dark and funny script. Discussion between films with writer Lorenzo Semple Jr. and director Lawrence Turman. Buy Tickets