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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 programmed by: Philippe Muyl: Gwen Deglise.

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SOLD OUT SCREENINGS: There will be a waiting line for Sold Out screenings. Tickets often become available at the door the night of an event.

Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

All guests are subject to availability. The Cinematheque will offer a refund due to guest cancellations only IF the refund transaction is complete PRIOR to the start of the show.



Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
(Aero by series)
(Aero by date)
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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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Special Events in May:

Some events will repeat at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.


John Cassavetes Films

Sunday, May 7 – 6:30 PM

FACES, 1968, Castle Hill, 130 min. This, the first of director John Cassavetes " Marriage Trilogy," is considered by many to be his finest film. Cassavetes worked feverishly as a movie actor all through the sixties, saving money to finance his second, acclaimed, groundbreaking feature. John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel and Val Avery all hypnotize the viewer as they verbally – and sometimes physically – spar with each other in a middle class, suburban inferno fueled by alcoholic insecurity and egocentric brio. An astonishing, partly-improvised example of "verite"-style cinema at its most intense. Cassel and Carlin were nominated for Best Supporting Oscars as was Cassavetes for Best Screenplay. John Marley won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.

HUSBANDS, 1970, Sony Repertory, 133 min. Dir. John Cassavetes. A common friend's death brings three married friends (Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, John Cassavetes) to reconsider their lives and leave home together. Through girls, wine, gambling and lovemaking they seek truth. "The characters in HUSBANDS are quite different from those in FACES. I mean FACES was about people who were just getting by. These guys don't want to just get by in life. They want to live…You could say it's about three married guys who want something for themselves. They don't know what they want, but they get scared when their best friend dies." John Cassavetes.




Wednesday, May 17 - 7:30 PM
Kevin Thomas’ Favorite Films:
SUNSET BOULEVARD, 1950, Paramount, 110 min. "I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. De Mille!" Director Billy Wilder created one of his most enduring masterpieces in this dark, glittering poison pen letter to all things Hollywood, told in flashback by murdered screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden), whose final job is playing paid-companion to egocentric, aging silent film goddess Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). With Erich von Stroheim. Academy Award Winner for Best Screenplay (Wilder, Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman, Jr.) and Score (Franz Waxman). The original Schwab’s drugstore figures prominently in the film, as does Paramount Studios and the still-standing Alto Nido apartments. Kevin Thomas will introduce screening.




Friday, May 19 - 7:30 PM


Jon Favreau In-Person!
LASTING IMPRESSIONS. The third installment in a monthly series featuring screenings and conversations with moviemakers. This time out, actor/writer Jon Favreau joins host Ed Crasnic for the.

10 year Anniversary Reunion of SWINGERS.

SWINGERS, 1996, Miramax, 96 min. Dir. Doug Liman. A sweet comedy set in the back streets and clubs of Hollywood about male twentiesomethings looking for romanve and parties. Trent (the hilarious Vince Vaughn) tries to cheer up Mike (writer Jon Favreau) who moved to LA to try his luck as an actor, leaving his east coast girlfriend behind. A fun low budget film about nightlife, friendship and the retro-swing dance movement in Hollywood. Discussion following with writer/ actor Jon Favreau, moderated by Ed Crasnick.




Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 PM
John K in Person!
JOHN KRICFALUSI TRIBUTE. With his landmark 1991 TV series "Ren & Stimpy," featuring the demented, wildly anti-social and hilariously inappropriate antics of the two title characters, Canadian-born animator John Kricfalusi (b. 1955) kicked modern cartooning in its underpants, starting a myriad of trends: the gross-out subversive cartoon ("Beavis and Butthead," "South Park"), the thick-lined flat retro cartoon ("Dexter’s Lab," "Fairly Odd Parents," etc.), the caricatured revival of classic characters cartoon ("Boo Boo Runs Wild," "The Flintstones On The Rocks"). After revolutionizing TV cartoons, Kricfalusi followed up by inventing internet cartoons in 1996 with "The Goddamn George Liquor Program" and developed the techniques for Flash animation that are used at practically every studio today. A selection of "Ren & Stimpy" by the animated cartoon’s modern pioneer. [Approx. 2 hrs. total.] John Kricfalusi will introduce the screening. At Every Picture Tells A Story at 4:00 PM, John K. introduces his new exclusive exhibit "The Art of John Kricfalusi," May 27 - June 24, original art and prints from the hilarious and controversial animated programs of the creator of the landmark TV series "Ren & Stimpy." Following the Aero film program, Every Picture Tells A Story will be open for a special "nite-owl" look at the exhibit!