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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 May:


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Sunday, May 2 – 5:00 PM

Norman Corwin's 100th birthday! Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe winner Norman Corwin began as a journalist and writer-director of acclaimed radio dramas before moving on to master virtually every kind of writing; essays, screenplays, television, and theater were just a few of the mediums he conquered. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for LUST FOR LIFE, and his many other achievements were chronicled in the Oscar-winning documentary A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORMAN CORWIN.

LUST FOR LIFE, 1956, MGM, 122 min. Director Vincente Minnelli, screenwriter Norman Corwin, and star Kirk Douglas team up for one of the greatest bio-pics ever made in this story of the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh. Using a color scheme based on Van Gogh's own work, the filmmakers create a delirious, deeply subjective portrait of an artist. With Corinne Marrinan and Eric Simonson’s Oscar-winning short "A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin" (40 min). This exploration of the lasting impact of radio broadcasting legend Norman Corwin’s work focuses on his landmark 1945 piece, "On a Note of Triumph," which aired on the evening of VE Day. Trailer Join us for a book signing of Norman Corwin's One World Flight: The Lost Journal of Radio's Greatest Writer at Every Picture Tells a Story across the street at 4:00 PM. Discussion with Norman Corwin moderated by KPCC's Patt Morrison following the film.



Wednesday, May 5 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE MARK OF ZORRO, 1940, 20th Century Fox, 94 min. Dir. Rouben Mamoulian. Posing as a bored, lazy fop by day, Don Diego de la Vega (Tyrone Power) becomes the masked avenger Zorro by night, stealing from local baddie Don Luis to redistribute his bounty to the poor.

THE SIGN OF ZORRO, 1958, Disney, 91 min. Dir. Lewis R. Foster & Norman Foster. This feature film compiles several episodes from Disney’s classic "Zorro" TV series to tell a rousing tale. Buy Tickets



Thursday, May 6 – 7:30 PM SOLD OUT

Sneak Preview! IRON MAN 2, 2010, Paramount Pictures, 117 min. Dir. Jon Favreau. Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark, the billionaire inventor who doubles as rocket-revved superhero Iron Man. This time the world is aware of Stark's dual persona, and the powers-that-be pressure him to share the secrets of his technology. Stark refuses and joins forces with his assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle) to find new alliances. Meanwhile, a host of new villains emerge, including Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Trailer | Stark Expo 2010 Website Suggested donation to benefit the American Cinematheque: $20.

New Iron Man fine art from leading illustrators Alex Ross and Mike Kungl is available now at Every Picture Tells A Story. A special 10% Discount this month on Marvel Art for all Cinematheque members! Plus, enter a drawing for an Iron Man collectible card!




Saturday, May 8 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee! Co-presented with Every Picture Tells A Story: Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons: Join us for an afternoon of Popeye and Betty Boop shorts. Program includes Fleisher’s "Koko's Earth Control," "Admission Free," "Boop Oop a Doop," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "Any Rags," "Poor Cinderella," "Snow-White," "Down Among the Sugar Cane," "Grampy's Indoor Outing" and "Dancing on the Moon." Everyone’s favorite spinach-eating sailor, Popeye, will include "Bride and Gloom", "Popeye's Mirthday" and many others. From 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM is the opening of "PLAY With Daniel Peacock" - a new exhibit of original art and prints by artist and filmmaker Daniel Peacock. His work has appeared in many prominent galleries and magazines and on the screen. Buy Tickets



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Friday, May 14 – 7:30 PM

Peter Weller’s otherworldly command of the screen has allowed him to become a science-fiction film icon. Perhaps best known for his role as resurrected cop-turned-cyborg in the dark and satirical ROBOCOP franchise, Weller has demonstrated a flare for surreal delirium in David Cronenberg’s NAKED LUNCH, for pitch-perfect sardonic confidence in THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION, and for world-weary astuteness in SCREAMERS, the chilling adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story "Second Variety."

Double Feature: ROBOCOP, 1987, MGM Repertory, 102 min. Peter Weller stars as a murdered Detroit police officer who is brought back to life as an unstoppable cyborg cop in director Paul Verhoeven’s action-packed satire. Trailer

SCREAMERS, 1995, Sony Repertory, 108 min. Dir. Christian Duguay. The year is 2078, a time when self-replicating killing machines called Screamers have evolved far beyond their inventors' intentions. Peter Weller is a military commander who has to lead his few remaining soldiers in a battle against the Screamers, whose ability to resemble human beings makes them extremely formidable enemies. Trailer Discussion between films with Peter Weller. Buy Tickets


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Saturday, May 15 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: STOP MAKING SENSE, 1984, Palm Pictures, 88 min. Jonathan Demme revolutionized the art of shooting rock concerts with this innovative masterpiece about Talking Heads, considered by many critics to be the best concert film of all time.

THE LAST WALTZ, 1978, MGM Repertory, 117 min. On Thanksgiving Day 1976, 5,000 cheering fans gathered for the historic farewell concert of The Band. Martin Scorsese provides fascinating interviews with Band members, but the film's real hook is the stage show, which includes rock legends Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Neil Young. Buy Tickets



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Thursday, May 20 – 7:30 PM

CHINATOWN, 1974, Paramount, 131 min. Dir. Roman Polanski. Jack Nicholson is 1930s private eye J.J. Gittes, maneuvering through a nightmarish L.A. netherworld of cheating husbands, stolen water rights, incest and murder, as he desperately tries to save beautiful Faye Dunaway from her raptor-like father John Huston. Writer Robert Towne’s magnificently complex portrait of Los Angeles has been widely hailed as the best script of its era. Trailer | Buy Tickets


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Friday, May 21 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: 40th Anniversary! ZABRISKIE POINT, 1970, Warner Bros., 112 min. Director Michelangelo Antonioni follows the mind-expanding odyssey of two youths on the run from the police after a violent student demonstration. Their surreal adventures in the California desert climax in slow motion apocalypse to the strains of Pink Floyd. Trailer

IF,1968, Paramount, 111 min. More than any other film of the era, IF... perfectly represents the international spirit of youthful rebellion in the late 1960s. Boarding school student Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is one of the great outsiders of the screen, a poetic, rebel individualist and sensitive wild man. Director Lindsay Anderson imbues him with an emotional honesty and intellectual depth rarely seen in films about youth. Buy Tickets


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Saturday, May 22 – 7:30 PM

Before she was a teenager, actress Patty McCormack was nominated for an Oscar for her work in the classic thriller THE BAD SEED, a role she originated on Broadway. Since that film's release in 1956, McCormack has continued to excel on television (appearing on everything from THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO to DALLAS to THE SOPRANOS) and on the big screen (in movies ranging from independent horror fare to Ron Howard's 2008 FROST/NIXON).
Double Feature:
THE BAD SEED, 1956, Warner Bros., 129 min. This chilling and classic horror-melodrama from master director Mervyn LeRoy follows Christine (Nancy Kelly), a housewife who can't shake her growing paranoia about her "angelic" young daughter (Patty McCormack), whom she suspects of lying, theft and murder. Trailer

KATHY O', 1958, Universal, 99 min. Dir. Jack Sher. Patty McCormack is back in this comedy as a different kind of "bad seed" - a bratty child movie star! In person, Kathy O'Rourke (McCormack) is whiny and foul-mouthed and nothing like her onscreen persona. And her manager (played by Dan Duryea) has one heck of a time keeping this unpleasant secret from the journalist writing a story on the young starlet. Discussion between films with actress Patty McCormack. Buy Tickets


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Sunday, May 23 - 5:30 PM

Art Directors Society Screening - Tribute to Production Designer Arthur Max

Production designer Arthur Max was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Ridley Scott’s GLADIATOR, much of which was shot in Malta where sections of Rome’s Coliseum were replicated for filming. Max is a longtime collaborator of Scott’s; their films together include BLACK HAWK DOWN, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and AMERICAN GANGSTER.

Sponsored by Variety: 10th Anniversary! GLADIATOR, 2000, Paramount, 171 min. Director Ridley Scott's instant classic follows the travails and triumphs of general Maximus (Russell Crowe) as he sees his family murdered by Marcus Aurelius' power-mad son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), and then is taken into slavery as a gladiator pitted for sport against some of the most fearful and blood-hungry foes in all of Rome. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Actor, and nominated for seven more, this rousing and elegantly shot tale of certain doom reversed is nothing short of mesmerizing. Trailer Power point presentation preceding the film and Discussion following the film with production designer Arthur Max. Buy Tickets



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Saturday, May 29 – 5:00 PM

Triple Feature: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, 1981, Paramount, 115 min. Archaeologist Harrison Ford battles occult-obsessed Nazis and former girlfriend Karen Allen as he attempts to save the Ark of the Covenant. Brilliant, non-stop adventure from director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas. Trailer

INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, 1984, Paramount, 118 min. Dir. Steven Spielberg. This time we find Jones fleeing Shanghai and attempting to help free a village’s children from indentured servitude to a maniacal cult. Before the last reel unspools, Jones will fight for survival in the nefarious Temple of Doom. Trailer

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, 1989, Paramount, 127 min. Director Steven Spielberg returns for the third entry in the series with Indiana (Harrison Ford) searching for his father (Sean Connery) after the brilliant archaeologist is kidnapped by the Nazis. Trailer | Buy Tickets


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Sunday, May 30 – 7:30 PM

70mm! LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. This sweeping epic of Arab infighting and British colonialism is as timely as ever, and as beautiful. Peter O'Toole stars in director David Lean's masterpiece that is made to be seen on the big screen! Winner of seven Academy Awards out of 10 nominations. Publisher/author Johan Wolthuis will be selling his book Digital and 65mm -- Today's Technology For Tomorrow's Cinema! (International 70mm Publishers) in the lobby. Trailer | Buy Tickets