American Cinematheque

American Cinematheque The American Cinematheque owns and operates the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and operates the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
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About American Cinematheque Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501 C 3 non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

Have you signed up yet to view this online discussion with writer-director Alice Wu and stars Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer ...
05/01/2020
Review: Netflix has another rom-com winner in 'The Half of It'

Have you signed up yet to view this online discussion with writer-director Alice Wu and stars Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer and Alexxis Lemire, moderated by Lulu Wang, at 7:00 PM PST on Saturday, May 9th? Get the details here: The Half of It Virtual Screening + Online Q&A.

Reviewing for Los Angeles Times, Kevin Crust wrote, “Ultimately, ‘The Half of It’ and its multilayered title are about the expansiveness of love, with the romantic kind being just one among equals. It’s about friendship and family, the acceptance of self and others, and the freedom to be who you are and screw up royally along the way. … Wu is confident enough to make the bold strokes her characters speak of and craft a movie that’s comfortably different. Almost 16 years after ‘Saving Face’ made her a voice to reckon with, Wu is back and we’re happy to have her.”

Alice Wu returns with Netflix's 'The Half of It,' a charming manifesto on love that mines both high school romances and classic movies.

04/17/2020
The Little Story of Gwen from French Brittany (2008)

French Film Friday: Unseen Agnès Varda short film!

THE LITTLE STORY OF GWEN FROM FRENCH BRITTANY (La petite histoire de Gwen la bretonne)" (2008). Directed by Agnès Varda “un film amical” (a friendly film) - ...

04/17/2020
Actress Julie Delpy on French Director Agnès Varda

French Film Friday Part 2: Julie Delpy on Agnès Varda. Filmed at the Aero Theatre.

Julie Delpy at the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre introduces a screening on December 11, 2019, during the theatrical engagement of VARDA BY AGNÈS,...

04/02/2020
Robert Morse on Starring in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Veteran actor Robert Morse ("Mad Men") shares his experiences making the 1967 film HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, in conversation with Larry Karaszewski (screenwriter of such films as DOLEMITE IS MY NAME and ED WOOD) on August 14, 2019 at the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.Get the inside scoop on what happened to the film's song "Coffee Break" to memories of Charles Nelson Reilly and Bob Fosse - plus, Morse sings a little!

Veteran actor Robert Morse ("Mad Men") shares his experiences (from what happened to the song "Coffee Break" to Charles Nelson Reilly and Bob Fosse - plus he...

04/01/2020
Burt Reynolds Talks GATOR and THE END at the American Cinematheque

Burt Reynolds looked back at many aspects of his long career, with moderator Jim Hemphill after a 35mm screening of both GATOR (1976) and THE END (1978) at the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, on Friday, March 23, 2018. Reynolds covered his favorite stuntman, Hal Needham ("There was no one better."), co-stars Jerry Reed and Lauren Hutton, working often in Georgia (he loved the governor - Jimmy Carter) - including a shoot at the state's most dangerous prison while making THE LONGEST YARD - and much more!

Burt Reynolds looked back at many aspects of his long career, with moderator Jim Hemphill after a 35mm screening of both GATOR (1976) and THE END (1978) at t...

March 13, 2020Dear American Cinematheque Members and Patrons:Given the rapidly evolving public health crisis involving C...
03/13/2020

March 13, 2020

Dear American Cinematheque Members and Patrons:

Given the rapidly evolving public health crisis involving COVID-19 (coronavirus) and in consultation with our Board of Directors, the American Cinematheque is suspending all screenings and public events at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica effective as of Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice. This is in response to the Governor of California’s recommendations that large gatherings of over 250 people should be postponed or canceled and that smaller gatherings in venues that do not allow for social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled.

Our top priority is the safety of our patrons, members, staff and volunteers, and we will continue to monitor this health crisis, particularly as it impacts the film exhibition industry and the city of Los Angeles.

We know that you were looking forward to screenings advertised on our website. We will do everything possible to reschedule these films in the future.

If you are a current Member of the American Cinematheque, your membership will automatically be extended to cover the period while we are dark.

If you have purchased a ticket for an upcoming show, either online or at one of our theatres:

• All Fandango sales made on or before March 13, 2020 have been refunded automatically in full. The credit can take up to 10 days to appear on your statement.
• If you purchased in-person at either the Egyptian or Aero, you can get a refund at the box office if you bring the ticket to the box office when we re-open for business. Or reach out to [email protected] to set up refund processing over the phone.
• You can accept a voucher as opposed to a refund, or you can not take a refund and the American Cinematheque will accept it as a donation.
• You are welcome to e-mail us with any questions about ticket refunds: [email protected]

We appreciate your support during this crisis, and look forward to welcoming you back to the Egyptian and Aero as soon as possible. Please continue to check our website at: www.americancinematheque.com for updates on our schedule.

Sincerely,

Dennis Bartok
Executive Director (Interim)
American Cinematheque

Let's hear it for revival houses! Thanks The New York Times for covering Los Angeles too and mentioning the Egptian Thea...
03/13/2020
‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,’ Many Times Over

Let's hear it for revival houses! Thanks The New York Times for covering Los Angeles too and mentioning the Egptian Theatre!!

The New Beverly Cinema, owned by Quentin Tarantino, is riding a boom in art house theaters.

Wishing the legendary Liza Minnelli a very happy birthday! The actress was born on this day in 1946. She took home an Os...
03/12/2020

Wishing the legendary Liza Minnelli a very happy birthday! The actress was born on this day in 1946. She took home an Oscar in 1973 for her role in CABARET. Which of her performances is your favorite?

DUE TO THE RAPIDLY EVOLVING PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS:ALL SCREENINGS WILL BE CANCELLED AT THE EGYPTIAN & AERO THEATRES FROM T...
03/12/2020

DUE TO THE RAPIDLY EVOLVING PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS:

ALL SCREENINGS WILL BE CANCELLED AT

THE EGYPTIAN & AERO THEATRES
FROM THURS., MARCH 12th to SUN., MARCH 15th

Please check our website for information about further cancellations and re-scheduled shows.http:www.americancinemathequecalendar.com

IF YOU PURCHASED ADVANCE TICKETS:

You will receive a refund automatically from Fandango.

If you purchased in-person at either the Egyptian or Aero, you can get a refund at the box office with your credit card.

You can also not refund your ticket and offer it as a donation to the American Cinematheque.

If you paid cash for a ticket we will give you a voucher for an upcoming show. Simply e-mail Sara Alessandrini at: [email protected], with the film title and date you had a ticket for. We’ll leave a voucher under your name at the box office – you’ll simply need to show your unused ticket or Fandango confirmation to pick it up.

Thank you so much for this honor!
03/11/2020

Thank you so much for this honor!

Alongside the Film Noir Foundation and American Cinematheque, we declared it Film Noir Week in L.A. County. The genre got its start here in the 1940s and continues to bring joy to audiences today. Fans celebrate this history at the annual festival with restored films, international films, and beloved American classics, including a special Military Noir night this year!

We're sorry to hear that actor Max Van Sydow has passed away. We were so fortunate to have hosted him at the Aero in 201...
03/09/2020

We're sorry to hear that actor Max Van Sydow has passed away. We were so fortunate to have hosted him at the Aero in 2012 for a double feature of THE SEVENTH SEAL and EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE. Rest in peace.

Photos by Elissa Braitman.

Remembering the iconic Elizabeth Taylor on her birthday. Which of her films is your favorite?
02/27/2020

Remembering the iconic Elizabeth Taylor on her birthday. Which of her films is your favorite?

Cannes to Celebrate Wong Kar-wai’s ‘In The Mood For Love’
02/20/2020
Cannes to Celebrate Wong Kar-wai’s ‘In The Mood For Love’

Cannes to Celebrate Wong Kar-wai’s ‘In The Mood For Love’

The Cannes Film Festival is to screen a restored version of Wong Kar-wai’s “In The Mood For Love,” 20 years after it first premiered on the Croisette. The festival will play a re…

Wishing Sidney Poitier a very happy 93rd birthday! Which of his films is your favorite?
02/20/2020

Wishing Sidney Poitier a very happy 93rd birthday! Which of his films is your favorite?

‪Wishing the great John Williams a tremendously happy 88th birthday! Which of his compositions is your favorite? ‬
02/09/2020

‪Wishing the great John Williams a tremendously happy 88th birthday! Which of his compositions is your favorite? ‬

Remembering James Dean on his birthday.
02/09/2020

Remembering James Dean on his birthday.

February 8, 1969 this happened at Musso & Frank Grill.
02/08/2020

February 8, 1969 this happened at Musso & Frank Grill.

The American Cinematheque staff has some sad news to report. Our longtime volunteer Bill Smith died this morning in hosp...
02/07/2020

The American Cinematheque staff has some sad news to report. Our longtime volunteer Bill Smith died this morning in hospice care. There are not enough words to adequately describe the enormous contribution that Bill Smith made to our organization. If you came to the Egyptian Theatre in the past 7 years, you certainly encountered our unbelievable super-volunteer at the door. Bill was known to rack up 5,000 volunteer hours in a year, serving nearly every night as the volunteer captain - which meant, he was there at the door to greet you when you arrived - and to bid you goodnight when you left bleary-eyed after a triple feature. Bill not only gave his time to the American Cinematheque, but also to other charities. He was flat out, an old-fashioned decent human being. A multiple Volunteer of the Year winner, Bill was a gentle soul who managed to keep order in the lobby and to have a smile and a true twinkle in his eye for all whom he encountered. He will be greatly missed by all of us at the American Cinematheque. Details about a memorial will be announced soon.

The Los Angeles film scene will never be the same without F.X. Feeney. American Cinematheque audiences were so fortunate...
02/06/2020
FX Feeney, LA Weekly Film Critic and Historian, Dies at 66

The Los Angeles film scene will never be the same without F.X. Feeney. American Cinematheque audiences were so fortunate to hear his many thoughtful interviews with filmmakers on our stages over the years. F.X.'s passion for cinema was boundless. If you don't know his work as a writer and filmmaker, look him up and immerse in his wisdom.

Feeney also worked as a screenwriter on the 1999 film "The Big Brass Ring"

Remembering actress and director Ida Lupino on her birthday! Which of her films is your favorite?
02/04/2020

Remembering actress and director Ida Lupino on her birthday! Which of her films is your favorite?

Wishing Gene Hackman the happiest 90th birthday! Which of his movies is your favorite?
01/30/2020

Wishing Gene Hackman the happiest 90th birthday! Which of his movies is your favorite?

Remembering the great Donna Reed on her birthday! Which of her performances is your favorite?
01/27/2020

Remembering the great Donna Reed on her birthday! Which of her performances is your favorite?

Remembering an iconic French actress today.
01/24/2020

Remembering an iconic French actress today.

Remembering actress Jeanne Moreau on her birthday! She was born in Paris on this day in 1928. Which of her performances is your favorite?

“He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian ...
01/22/2020

“He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian — writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant children’s author, and the warmest, most wonderful company you could wish to have." - Michael Palin on Terry Jones (1942 - 2020).

Remembering director Federico Fellini on the 100th anniversary of his birth! Which of his films is your favorite?
01/21/2020

Remembering director Federico Fellini on the 100th anniversary of his birth! Which of his films is your favorite?

Cary Grant, an icon of Old Hollywood was born on January 18, 1904. He developed a reputation for being both one of the m...
01/18/2020

Cary Grant, an icon of Old Hollywood was born on January 18, 1904. He developed a reputation for being both one of the most debonair men on the planet, as well as an actor with a supreme knack for comic timing. Next time you see a Cary Grant film on the calendar check it out, if you don’t know this actor who worked with directors from Howard Hawkes to Hitchcock! Any favorites for those who are already fans of his work?

Wishing director John Carpenter a very happy birthday! We loved having him at the Egyptian Theatre (with Jamie Lee Curti...
01/16/2020

Wishing director John Carpenter a very happy birthday! We loved having him at the Egyptian Theatre (with Jamie Lee Curtis!) a few years ago. Which of his films is your favorite?

We're so sad to hear of Buck Henry's passing. Buck Henry was one of the early supporters of the American Cinematheque an...
01/09/2020
Buck Henry Dies: ‘The Graduate’ Writer, ‘Get Smart’ Co-Creator & Early ‘SNL’ Favorite Was 89

We're so sad to hear of Buck Henry's passing. Buck Henry was one of the early supporters of the American Cinematheque and a frequent guest for Q&A's in the 90s. He left us with so much to laugh about. We happen to be showing WHAT'S UP DOC, written by Buck Henry (with David Newman and Robert Benton), and starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, next week at the Aero Theatre, so we will have a bit of a tribute for him then.

Buck Henry, the legendary screenwriter behind The Graduate and What’s Up, Doc? who also co-created Get Smart and was a regular presence in the early years of Saturday Night Live, died tonight…

Remembering The King on his birthday. Which Elvis Presley movie is your favorite?
01/08/2020

Remembering The King on his birthday. Which Elvis Presley movie is your favorite?

Happy birthday to the one and only Nicolas Cage! Which of his performances is your favorite?
01/07/2020

Happy birthday to the one and only Nicolas Cage! Which of his performances is your favorite?

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Monday 11:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 19:00
Thursday 11:00 - 19:00
Friday 11:00 - 19:00

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About American Cinematheque Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501 C 3 non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian and Aero Theatres, the Cinematheque presents daily film and digital programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films, shorts and premieres. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. The American Cinematheque goes on the road to bring its special brand of entertainment to various other venues as well.

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Some double bills I would love to see at either the Egyptian Theatre or the Aero Theatre please. Harold & Maude plus Brewster McCloud Duck Soup plus Million Dollar Legs (1932) Greaser's Palace plus Zacheriah.
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Come visit the Hollywood Heritage Museum this Sunday afternoon at 2 pm and meet author Victoria Riskin who will discuss and sign copies of her new book about her famous parents Fay Wray and Robert Riskin. There will be memorabilia on display from the original King Kong. See link for ticket information and details. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4191796
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The Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of locally-sourced music: Classic Hollywood Film Scores!! The famous 20th-Century Fox Fanfare by Alfred Newman (who lived in Pacific Palisades) will give us a big "TA-DA" to open our show and prepare us for Max Steiner's whopping Oscar-winning main title music to Gone with the Wind (scored and recorded in Culver City), which has a big "TA-DA" of its own. The "TA-DA" in Victor Young's imaginative score to Shane (scored and recorded on Melrose Ave. near Vine St.) is in fact a deliberate reference to Wagner’s operas so as to evoke this Age of Chivalrous Knights and Crusades-like interpretation of the classic Western. For Miklos Rosza (who lived in the Hollywood Hills) to express antiquity in his "TA-DA” to the colossal score to Ben-Hur, he removed the" major-minor third" distinction that defines musical tonality after the Renaissance, and replaced it with "neutral fourths" giving this Oscar-winning music its ancient Roman monumentality. A mere three miles from our concert venue to the title locale in "Sunset Boulevard": a unique classic film whose three-note "TA-DA" is blasted out by the low instruments with a near gothic horror that gives way to chase music, a fragmented creepy tango, a budding romance on the Paramount Studios backlot, the creepy tango again now played full-out with ghastly, demented style, and then a thundering conclusion for another Oscar-winning masterpiece. No more "TA-DA" when modernism comes to film music in Bernard Herrmann's whirling, dizzying 3-minute-and-4-second title music to Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest". Bombast and spectacle have no place in the tender beauties of Elmer Bernstein’s (resident of Ojai) score for To Kill a Mockingbird. Suffused with the delicate qualities of the music of Ravel and Satie, this magical movie begins not with a blaring “TA-DA”, but with the sounds of a child picking out notes at the piano underneath the Universal Studios trademark. Middle-Eastern percussion, British military marches, and the Song of the Desert pervade the immense score that Malibu resident Maurice Jarre wrote for 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia. We finish with where it all started; the landmark score to The Adventures of Robin Hoodwritten in 1937 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (who lived in Toluca Lake). This is what people decided Hollywood should sound like, so for an encore, we will play the famous score that is its legacy composed some forty years later. Many of these cues are rarely played live, so this will be a rare opportunity to hear them in concert! Join us: Sunday, March 24 at 4pm The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center 11th streetand Santa Monica Boulevard, SM, CA
Any silent film fans around? If so, check out The Scroll of Morlok, an upcoming horror short which pays homage to German Expressionism! We have LESS THAN TWELVE HOURS to reach our funding goals, so please consider donating today -- any amount helps! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-scroll-of-morlok/x/19201356#/
Calling all Film Lovers! AFI FEST presented by Audi is looking for Volunteers to help with Theater Operations, Box Office, and other roles, November 8 - 15, based out of the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt. Volunteer perks include Priority tickets, raffle prizes, and more! Festival information can be found here: https://www.afi.com/afifest/default.aspx To volunteer, please register here: https://www.shiftboard.com/afi/register.html Thank you!
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