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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
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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 3 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: BUSTIN' DOWN THE DOOR, 2008, Screen Media Films, 96 min. Dir. Jeremy Gosch. During the winter of 1975, a group of headstrong young surfers from Australia and South Africa touched down on the beaches of Hawaii and, with a risky new approach and blatantly colonial attitude, altered surfing into the sport, culture and multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Documentarian Jeremy Gosch captures with thunderous intensity the sudden, exciting evolution and revolution taking place in the surfing world of the mid 1970s. Trailer | Website

STANDING ROOM ONLY, 1978, 102 min. Dir. Allen Main and Hugh Thomas. A quintessential surf film from an era when performance surfing and independent filmmaking were reaching new heights. Electrifying footage of the best locations being ridden by the premier surfers of the 1970s, along with a groovy 1970s soundtrack and afros galore. Discussion after the film with surfing legend Shaun Tomson. Join us for a book signing of Shaun Tomson’s Bustin' Down the Door and Revolution of '75 at 6:30PM.


Friday, June 4 – 7:30 PM

Peter Weller In-Person! Double Feature Tribute: NAKED LUNCH, 1991, 20th Century Fox, 115 min. Dir. David Cronenberg. Peter Weller is Bill Lee, a frustrated writer and bug exterminator who is introduced to the narcotic effects of bug poison by his wife (Judy Davis). After accidentally shooting her, Lee finds himself traversing the strange Middle Eastern city Interzone, where all manner of half-human and polysexual creatures dwell. Trailer

THE NEW AGE, 1994, Warner Bros., 112 min. Dir. Michael Tolkin. When yuppies Peter and Katharine Witner (Peter Weller and Judy Davis) both lose their perfect jobs, they turn to New Age gurus, misguided business plans and even the occasional infidelity to try to find meaning in their lives. Slowly, as the pressures of hitting rock bottom sink in, the Witners' marriage begins to unravel in this smart drama about the perils of modern California living. Discussion between films with actor Peter Weller.


Saturday, June 5 – 7:30 PM

70mm Print! WEST SIDE STORY, 1961, MGM Repertory, 151 min. Co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, this classic musical romance stars Natalie Wood as the lovely Maria and Richard Beymer as her star-crossed lover Tony. Score by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Winner of 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director. Trailer


Sunday, June 6 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: 30th Anniversary! ALLIGATOR, 1980, British Lion-Columbia Distributors, 92 min. Dir. Lewis Teague. Twelve years after a baby alligator is flushed down the toilet, it grows to mammoth size in the city sewer system (thanks to a diet of hormonally enhanced animals improperly disposed of by a local research facility). When bodies start popping up, Chicago detective Robert Forster is the first - and only - authority figure to grasp the reality of what is happening. Screenplay by John Sayles. Trailer

CUJO, 1983, Warner Bros., 93 min. Dir. Lewis Teague. When a young boy’s people-loving Saint Bernard contracts rabies, the once-friendly animal becomes a creature of hellish ferocity and lethal terror in a rural American town. Watch Beethoven go for blood in this frightfully entertaining adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Trailer Discussion between films with director Lewis Teague.


Thursday, June 10 – 7:30 PM

Dede Allen (1923-2010) is widely regarded as one of the most influential film editors in the history of American cinema. Ushering in an urgent, exciting aesthetic that incorporated shorter shot duration and dynamic jumpcuts, Allen's editing style largely helped to define the energy of the New Hollywood movement. She edited such touchstone films as BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE HUSTLER, ALICE'S RESTAURANT and DOG DAY AFTERNOON, receiving an Oscar nomination for the latter film and for her work on REDS and WONDER BOYS.

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Memorial Tribute to Dede Allen: Double Feature. BONNIE AND CLYDE, 1967, Warner Bros., 111 min. Arthur Penn’s New Hollywood masterpiece follows the criminal exploits of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and the rest of the Barrow gang in the Depression-era Midwest. Pauline Kael, in her rave review of the film, specifically mentioned Allen’s editing as "brilliant" and wrote that the final ambush sequence is a "rag-doll dance of death…It is a horror that seems to go on for eternity, and yet it doesn't last a second beyond what it should." Trailer

ALICE'S RESTAURANT, 1969, MGM Repertory, 111 min. Dir. Arthur Penn. Arlo Guthrie's 18-minute FM radio hit, inspired by run-ins with New England law enforcement and his local draft board, becomes a freewheeling, spontaneous odyssey under Penn's direction. A wistful, funny depiction of the ups and downs of the hippie lifestyle.



Friday, June 11 – 7:30 PM

Larry Karaszewski Presents! Double Feature: WESTWORLD, 1973, Warner Bros., 88 min. Dir. Michael Crichton. Bored suburbanites Richard Benjamin and James Brolin embark on a weekend at a new-fangled amusement park offering a deceptively "real," idealized fantasy experience. It just so happens they’ve chosen Westworld, where immersion in the cowboy experience of frontier times is the order of the day. But the park’s androids go on the fritz, and one very aggressive gunslinger robot (Yul Brynner) has it in for the boys. Trailer

DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, 1970, Universal, 104 min. Dir. Frank Perry. Tina Balser (Carrie Snodgress) is an unhappy housewife, forced to deal with emotional abuse from her ladder-climbing, intensely critical husband (a terrific Richard Benjamin). Tina finds herself in the arms of a handsome, hugely successful and weirdly sadistic writer (Frank Langella), but will this secret relationship prove any healthier than her marriage? Discussion between films with actor Richard Benjamin.



Saturday, June 12 – 7:30 PM

Newly Restored 35mm Print! THE RED SHOES, 1948, MGM Repertory, 136 min. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s urgently colorful and deliriously dream-like masterpiece about the aspirations of a young ballerina and the brilliant composer and passionate ballet impresario she is torn between has mesmerized audiences for generations. We present a special screening of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s celebrated restoration of the film, following its triumphant unveiling at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Trailer |




Sunday, June 13 – 5:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Visual Effects Society: 70mm Print! THE BLACK HOLE, 1979, Disney, 98 min. Dir. Gary Nelson. It is the year 2130, and the spaceship Palomino and its crew come across a lost vessel at the edge of an immense black hole. The vessel is manned by robots and one human, Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell), a prestigious scientist who plans to enter the foreboding void. This terrifically haunting sci-fi gem was nominated for Best Cinematography and Special Effects Oscars in 1980. Dr. Laura Danly, curator at the Griffith Observatory, will introduce the screening and talk about the scientific basis of the film. Discussion following with Harrison Ellenshaw, Matte Painting Supervisor and son of Production Designer Peter Ellenshaw. Special lobby display of photos, artwork and killer robots. Trailer


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Wednesday, June 16 7:30 PM

Larry Fessenden In-Person! Double Feature: WENDIGO, 2001, Magnolia Pictures, 91 min. Dir. Larry Fessenden. Kim and George (Jake Weber, Patricia Clarkson) and their 8-year–old son, Miles (Erik Per Sullivan), are city dwellers stealing a weekend away at a friend's country farmhouse. But a fluke accident sets off a chain of events that alters their lives forever and conjures up the ferocious spirit of the Wendigo. Smart and genuinely scary. Trailer

HABIT, 1996, Glass Eye Pix/Passport Cinema, 112 min. It is autumn in New York and Sam (Larry Fessenden) has broken up with his girlfriend and his father has recently died. World-weary and sloppy drunk, he finds temporary solace in the arms of Anna (Meredith Snaider), a mysterious woman who draws him away from his friends and into a web of addiction and madness. A beautiful "downtown" vampire tale. Discussion between films with director Larry Fessenden. Buy Tickets


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Sunday, June 20 – 7:30 PM

Celebrate Father’s Day with James Bond! Double Feature: GOLDFINGER, 1964, MGM Repertory, 111 min. Dir. Guy Hamilton. "Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die…" cackles homicidal villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), as he prepares to re-arrange 007’s secret equipment with a laser beam, in what is widely considered to be the best of the classic Sean Connery Bond pictures and a high point in 1960s pop culture. Trailer  | Buy Tickets

THUNDERBALL, 1965, MGM Repertory, 130 min. Dir. Terence Young. Bond’s therapeutic rest cure is cut short when a British bomber with two A-bombs aboard is hijacked by SPECTRE and secreted below the waters of the Caribbean. Featuring three of the most dynamic Bond women ever: Claudine Auger as Domino; fiery Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe; and Martine Beswick as Paula, Bond’s assistant. Trailer | Buy Tickets


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Monday, June 21 - 7:30 PM

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRODUCING WEB ENTERTAINMENT: Once just a revenue and career gamble, the world of webisode creation is now becoming a vital avenue for emerging filmmakers. Not only are careers getting started both in front of and behind the webcam, but celebrity participation is on the rise. Thomas Ethan Harris moderates a panel discussion with influential web series creator-producers who provide guidance in beginning, advancing and sustaining a career in the wonderful world of webisodes. Panelists include Jim Burns, Executive Producer of Fear Clinic,; Illeana Douglas, Creator/Writer/Actor, "Easy to Assemble," Mark Gantt, Executive Producer/Co-Writer/Actor "The Bannen Way," Peter Hyoguchi, CEO, Strike.TV; Amber J. Lawson, Comedy Publisher at, Brady Brim-DeForest, CEO of; David Fickas, Drama 3/4 Productions and others to be announced. See bios on each panelist. $12 Member, $15 Student/Senior, $20 General. More Information | Buy Tickets


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Sunday, June 27 – 7:30 PM

25 th Anniversary! ST. ELMO'S FIRE, 1985, Sony Repertory, 110 min. Dir. Joel Schumacher. Seven friends graduate from Georgetown University and find their relationships altered by the economic, political, and emotional realities of adult life. Schumacher's ensemble drama features top-notch performances by Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Mare Winningham, and Andrew McCarthy. Director Joel Schumacher to introduce screening. Trailer | Buy Tickets | More Joel Schumacher



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Wednesday, June 30 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE, 2010, 94 min. What is the most important question there is? After exploring the phenomenon of STAR TREK fans in the acclaimed documentary TREKKIES, filmmaker Roger Nygard is taking on THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE, traveling the globe to the source of the world’s philosophies, religions, and belief systems, interviewing spiritual leaders, scholars, scientists, artists and others who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity.

When director Roger Nygard comes up with the 85 toughest existential questions he can imagine, he asks an eclectic group of world-class thinkers to come up with some answers. Indian holy man Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, wrestler Rob Adonis, director Irving Kershner and a duo of Stonehenge Druids all give their opinions on such age-old stumpers as, "Why are we here?" and "How did the universe begin?" Discussion following with director Roger Nygard. Trailer | Website | Buy Tickets