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35mm, 70mm, nitrate, state-of-the-art digital. Q&As, retrospectives, double-features, triple-features, marathons. We’re a year-round film festival. There’s something for everyone in our programming lineup.
The American Cinematheque is a member-donor-volunteer supported 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization whose mission is to celebrate the experience of cinema.
37 years of American Cinematheque film programming….and counting. Dive into the AC Vault to discover past Q&As and clips from our vast and newly digitized archives, old calendars and programs, new podcasts, conversations and much more.
Since it began screening films to the public in 1985, the American Cinematheque has provided diverse film programming and immersive in-person discussions and events with thousands of filmmakers and luminaries, presenting new and repertory cinema to Los Angeles.
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The American Cinematheque is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural arts organization. Not only does your Member-support directly fund free member-based programming and screenings; it also helps sustain the organization’s ongoing public programming for the community.
Like most non-profit art-house movie theatres, the AC’s primary source of funding is the box office, where the box office and concessions are responsible for about 60% of the budget – leaving the remainder to be raised through our Membership Program and General Fundraising to support our repertory cinema programs and events, and the continued retro-format exhibition of celluloid film (35mm & 70mm).
In order to provide the high-quality programming and theatrical exhibition at our theatres, as well as our free virtual events, we depend on memberships, donations, sponsorships and special events. We appreciate our members and the vital support their dues provide.
We don’t offer upgrades to active and existing memberships. As the AC is a non-profit, each membership is categorized as a charitable contribution, and is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
We allow for upgrades only if the new Membership was purchased within the last two weeks.
In order to upgrade (even before your current membership has lapsed!) you’re more than welcome to purchase the new membership by visiting the Membership page.
Your new Membership will be effective immediately and will replace the old one in the system. Your Membership will be valid for 1 year from the date you purchase it.
We do not offer refunds or exchanges for Memberships. Memberships are charitable contributions for the American Cinematheque 501(c)(3). They are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Apart from helping to support the American Cinematheque(!), benefits are dependent on the membership level. All memberships (regardless of level) share the following benefits:
To browse through all Membership levels and benefits, click here.