|Special Events in January:Please check this page
before coming to the theatre to make sure that scheduled events will take place as
planned. Tickets are only available at the door, the day of an event. Some events will
repeat at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Friday, January 6 7:30 PM
The American Cinematheque at The Aero
Theatre - One Year Anniversary!
HELLS ANGELS, 1930,
Universal, 127 min. This WWI epic, the legendary brainchild of producer Howard Hughes,
still retains the capacity to make jaws drop with its spectacular display of aerial
dogfights in battle-torn skies. The making-of was chronicled in Martin
Scorseses Hughes biopic, THE AVIATOR, and, although Hughes was the credited
director, James Whale (FRANKENSTEIN) and Edmond Goulding (NIGHTMARE ALLEY), amongst
others, also reportedly contributed heavily in that department. Originally shot as a
silent film with another female lead, Norwegian Greta Nissen, Hughes decided to scrap her
footage and reshoot it with an American actress when sound movies suddenly became all the
rage. His choice proved to be an auspicious one. Jean Harlow launched her career as
saucy Helen and supplied a good deal of sexy dialogue that marks this film a certified
original in pre-Production Code Hollywood. Come join us to
celebrate the American Cinematheques first year anniversary at our Aero-dynamic
Santa Monica venue!
Saturday, January 14 7:30 PM
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 wrest the Ark of the Covenant from the
lost Egyptian city of Tanis. Brilliant, non-stop adventure from director Steven
Spielberg and producer George Lucas that mixes 1930's-style matinee thrills
with the ominous threat of Hitler's henchmen controlling one of history's most powerful
objects. With terrific support from Paul Freeman as Indy's suave nemesis Belloq, Ronald
Lacey as the sinister Nazi officer Toht, and John Rhys-Davies as Indy's right-hand man
Sallah. Imaginatively written by Lawrence Kasdan (based on Lucas and Philip Kaufman's
original story), aided by a typically stirring John Williams score, one of his very best.
Even if you've seen RAIDERS a dozen times - come back and see it again, in a gorgeous new
35 mm. print courtesy of Paramount Pictures!! Visual Effect
Supervisor Richard Edlund will be introducing the screening.
Sunday, January 15 6:00 PM
INDIANA JONES AND THE
TEMPLE OF DOOM, 1984, Paramount, 118 min. Harrison Ford returns as
adventuer, Indiana Jones in the second installment of director Steven Spielberg and
producer George Lucas tribute to the bygone-era of cliffhanger movie serials.
This time Jones, fleeing Shanghai with an American chanteuse (Kate Capshaw) and a teenage
thief, suddenly finds himself in rural India, attempting to help free a villages
children from indentured servitude in the mines belonging to a maniacal cult. Before the
last frame unspools, Jones will find himself fighting for survival, along with his
comrades, in the nefarious Temple of Doom.
INDIANA JONES AND
THE LAST CRUSADE, 1989, Paramount, 127 min. Director Steven Spielberg
returns for the third entry in the trilogy with Indiana (Harrison Ford) searching
for his ill-humored father (Sean Connery) after the brilliant archaeologist is
kidnapped by the Nazis for his knowledge of the whereabouts of the Holy Grail, a sacred
artifact that, like the first installments Ark of the Covenant, supposedly holds
supernatural powers to redeem or destroy the world. With a great supporting cast that
includes Denholm Elliot, Jonathan Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover and River Phoenix (in
flashback) as the teenage Indiana Jones. Discussion between
films with Visual Effects Supervisor, Mike McAlister.
Saturday, January 28 3:00 PM
Family Matinee Animation A GoGo
BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM, 1993, Warner
Bros., 76 min. Dir. Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski. As part of our weekend tribute
to animator, Bruce Timm (see our January 29 listing at The Egyptian Theatre), we present Bruces
critically-acclaimed animated feature spin-off from the BATMAN animated television show.
Batman must exonerate himself after being framed by vigilante assassin, The Phantasm, for
the murders of various mob bosses. With a great cast of actors doing the voices for the
comic book characters, including Kevin Conroy, Dana Delaney, Hart Bochner, Stacey Keach,
Abe Vigoda, Dick Miller, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., John P. Ryan, Marilu Henner and Mark