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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 and Grant Moninger. Program notes 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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<<< January 5 - 29, 2011 >>>

That Special Something: A Tribute to Great Screen Icons


More Icons of Hollywood Films at the Egyptian Theatre!


Over the years, Hollywood has offered countless stars, but only a handful of true icons. These film actors transcend the realm of fame - of film, even - to reach a more profound level of significance. Whether you call it high-concept, star-power, or je ne sais quoi, these figures are indelibly etched in our consciousness. Their faces, their manner of speaking, moving, dressing, and the sheer way they make us feel when they grace the screen all create an ineffable and irreplaceable iconic power.

Join us at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for a month-long salute to some of the greatest screen icons in the history of cinema. We pay tribute to Humphrey Bogart in IN A LONELY PLACE and THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, Marilyn Monroe in GENTLEMAN PREFER BLONDES and THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, Clark Gable in THE MISFITS and SAN FRANCISCO, Bette Davis in ALL ABOUT EVE and THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, John Wayne in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE and RED RIVER, James Dean in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and EAST OF EDEN, Grace Kelly in REAR WINDOW and DIAL M FOR MURDER, Frank Sinatra in ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS and OCEAN’S ELEVEN, and, as a special birthday celebration for the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley in BLUE HAWAII!




Wednesday, January 5 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: 50th Anniversary! THE MISFITS, 1961, MGM Repertory, 124 min. Dir. John Huston. Aching, elegiac drama of the vanishing American West, with Clark Gable (in his final film) as an aging cowboy who falls hard for divorceť Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe) while trying to round up a herd of wild mustangs with the help of former rodeo star Montgomery Clift. Beautifully scripted by Monroe’s former husband Arthur Miller, THE MISFITS was the last completed film in her all-too-brief career. [35mm] Trailer

75th Anniversary! SAN FRANCISCO, 1936, Warner Bros., 115 min. Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Jeanette MacDonald star in this lavish MGM production scripted by Anita Loos, a prime example of the studio system at its finest. An out-of-work singer (MacDonald) and a priest (Tracy) join forces to try to reform saloon owner Gable, but history intervenes in the form of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The spectacular finale is still a wonder to behold. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets



Thursday, January 27 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, 1962, Paramount, 119 min. Dir. John Ford. James Stewart and John Wayne represent opposing but equally necessary forces in John Ford’s great late Western: Stewart is an unassuming lawyer who rises to political prominence as he civilizes the West, while Wayne is the man of violent action rendered obsolete by the passage of time. Vera Miles co-stars as the woman both men love, with additional support from Lee Marvin, Lee Van Cleef, Woody Strode and John Carradine. [35mm] Trailer

RED RIVER 1948, MGM Repertory, 133 min. Dir. Howard Hawks. Cattle baron John Wayne and foster son Montgomery Clift (in his first film) take 'em to Missouri but fall into conflict along the way in director Hawks' seminal Western classic, in which the director commands the epic as well as the intimate. With Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, and music by the great Dimitri Tiomkin. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets



Friday, January 28 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, 1955, Warner Bros., 111 min. Director Nicholas Ray’s awesome, mythic saga of teen disobedience and alienation in 1950s America made James Dean and co-star Natalie Wood instant cultural icons. Ray’s use of color and the CinemaScope format remains groundbreaking to this day. [35mm] Trailer

EAST OF EDEN, 1955, Warner Bros., 115 min. Dir. Elia Kazan. James Dean is brilliantly cast as shy Cal, a pre-WWI teenager who can’t escape from the shadow of his perfect brother, Aaron (Richard Davalos). Cal is also a rebellious black sheep who will do almost anything to gain the love of his strict father (Raymond Massey), a desire that may destroy those around him, but may also, in the end, offer him his last chance at redemption. With a great cast that also includes Julie Harris, Albert Dekker, Burl Ives and a cameo by Timothy Carey. In CinemaScope! [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets




Saturday, January 29 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS, 1964, Warner Bros., 123 min. Dir. Gordon Douglas. It’s Prohibition-era Chicago, and gangster Robbo (Frank Sinatra) controls the North Side, despite ferocious racketeer Guy Gisborne’s (Peter Falk) take-over of the rest of the city. When Robbo gives money to the local boys’ orphanage, he becomes the Robin Hood of the Windy City - but will the good-hearted hood be toppled by Gisborne’s nefarious designs? With Bing Crosby and Barbara Rush. [35mm] Clip

Beautiful IB Technicolor Print! OCEAN’S ELEVEN, 1960, Warner Bros., 127 min. Dir. Lewis Milestone. The original Rat Pack classic, in which Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and other old war buddies join forces to pull off a massive heist on New Year’s Eve. It’s the kings of cool in their prime as they infiltrate Las Vegas casinos as entertainers and cocktail waiters in a plan they think will go off without a hitch. Angie Dickinson provides the love interest and Cesar Romero plays the heavy, with a cameo by Shirley MacLaine as "Tipsy girl." [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets



Sunday, January 30 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: JAILHOUSE ROCK, 1957, Warner Bros., 96 min. Dir. Richard Thorpe. In his third film, Elvis is Vince Everett, a guy in the pen for manslaughter. His cellmate, Hunk Houghton (Mickey Shaughnessy) is a former country star who introduces him to the record business. Once the King is released, he quickly rises to the top as a rock ‘n’ roll singer. But will he remember the folks who got him there? Another of Elvis’ best, it features slambang Leiber-Stoller songs, and the jaw-dropping "Jailhouse Rock" production number. Elvis belts out the title tune as well as "Baby, I Don’t Care" and more! [35mm] Trailer

KING CREOLE, 1958, Paramount, 116 min. Director Michael Curtiz (CASABLANCA) directs yet one more of The King’s better films. Although the studio and The Colonel toned things down a bit, this adaptation of Harold Robbins’ bestseller A Stone For Danny Fisher remains surprisingly good. Young New Orleans punk and high school dropout Danny (Elvis) quits his busboy job and wrangles his way into performing a song in front of a club’s duly-stunned patrons. Before long, he is in demand and being pressured by mobster club owner Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau) to sign an exclusive contract. Elvis once again receives grand support from such pros as Carolyn Jones, Dolores Hart (his leading lady in LOVING YOU and a future real-life nun!), Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow and Paul Stewart. Songs include the title ditty as well as "Hard Headed Woman," "Trouble" and more! [35mm] Join us at 6:00 PM across the street at Every Picture Tells a Story, where songwriting greats Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller will be signing their new-in-paperback autobiography, Hound Dog. More Elvis. Clip | Buy Tickets