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When you join, you actively help keep the big screen movie tradition alive! Show your support for the American Cinematheque by becoming a member today! Your membership is valid at two historic theatres, the landmark 1922 Egyptian Theatre—the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere—and the Aero, a cherished neighborhood theatre serving Santa Monica since 1940.

Ticket sales only cover a portion of the costs involved in presenting the rare and unusual film series that you enjoy at the historic Egyptian & Aero Theatres. Your membership dollars enable us to keep films rolling on the big screen for new generations of film lovers to enjoy.

We are the only public, alternative screening organization in town that offers such a wide variety of film & video programming from all over the world on a weekly basis! As a member you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy discounted tickets for foreign films, classic films, American independents, documentaries, experimental work, short subjects, animation, special formats, in-person tributes to directors and actors, rare films, "lost" films, collectors’ prints and more!

Members will always be alerted first when tickets go on sale for screenings that are sure to sell out!

And if special formats like 70mm and nitrate, new 35mm prints and both film and digital restorations are meaningful to you, you will find plenty of screenings to get excited about! Plus, you will be admitted to these exciting presentations first, when you use our membership priority line to enter the theatre.

When you join, you will not only receive the benefits mentioned here, but you are also contributing to the continued preservation of the exhibition of films on the big screen as they were meant to be seen.

The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For questions contact or 323.461.2020, ext. 112.


Enjoy the benefits of American Cinematheque membership at both the Aero and Egyptian Theatres.

Just click a membership level below to see its benefits and purchase.

Order your membership using the security of PayPal. Just click the level you want to buy. A 3.5% fee will automatically apply to each membership you buy. The face value of your membership is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Gift Memberships

Memberships also make great gifts for film enthusiasts! Please email Andrew Crane to indicate that you are purchasing a gift membership. Include the recipient's name, address, phone number and email address. You can also indicate if you wish for the membership to go directly to the recipient or to you so you can hand deliver it!

matching funds

Double Your Membership Contribution with Employer Matching Funds. Ask your employer if they provide matching funds when you join a non-profit organization or make a donation.