American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Presents...
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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 available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $10 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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SCHEDULE (Egyptian Film Calendar)
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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 magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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Special Events in May:




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Friday, May 9 – 7:30 PM

Egyptian Theatre 85th Anniversary Screening:

MY FAIR LADY, 1964, Hollywood Classics, 170 min. Domineering speech expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison, in his finest performance) transforms 19th-century Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (the never-lovelier Audrey Hepburn) into a beautiful, swan-like lady, in director George Cukor’s sumptuous adaptation of the Lerner & Loewe musical classic. Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Actor. Co-starring Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde White, Theodore Bikel and Jeremy Brett. With the song favorites "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time" and more! Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre! More on My Fair Lady.



Friday, May 9 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg]


A double feature of hard-to-see-in-the-USA Italian crime/juvenile delinquent films featuring stars Joe Dallesandro, Martin Balsam and Thomas Milian, approx. 180 min total running time. One film with English subtitles and one dubbed in English and both screened from a digital video source.



Saturday, May 10 & *Sunday, May 11

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

Special Treat for Mom's coming to this tour on Mother's Day (May 11)!

You'll score big if you take mom on one of our behind the scenes tours this weekend. Everyone knows that moms LOVE Hollywood history and victorious tales of Los Angeles historic preservation!

Hollywood history comes alive with our docent tours of the legendary 1922 Egyptian theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Sid Grauman stage show with a visit to the old dressing rooms and singers boxes, plus an exhibit of original furniture created for the theatre. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth, discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history - and more! Tours are approximately one hour long and involve a fair amount of walking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and the main part of the theatre is handicap accessible. Group Tours can also be arranged.



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Saturday, May 10 - 3:45 – 6:00 PM


The American Cinematheque partners with The Go Game for a movie-scavenger hunt combo! This fast-paced, high-tech, real-life adventure game is like nothing you've ever experienced. Solve clues and perform challenges as you scramble around Hollywood Boulevard for fun and prizes. Dinner break after the game and then the winners will be determined (7:30 - 8:00 PM) in front of the live audience, before the screening of MIDNIGHT
MADNESS (details below). Play the game with MIDNIGHT MADNESS director David Wechter!

More Scavenger Hunt details.

Special Dinner Deal for players at Mel's Drive-In, Miceli's Restaurant & Skooby's Hot Dogs!

Special Ticket Prices: Movie & Scavenger Hunt: $32 General Admission; $30 Student/Senior; and $28 Cinematheque Members. Tickets will be sold at the door. Arrive early to insure a place. For film only, regular prices apply.

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Saturday, May 10 – 7:30 PM

Scavenger Hunt and Screening!

MIDNIGHT MADNESS, 1980, Disney,112 min. Dir. Michael Nankin and David Wechter. Following the massive commercial success of ANIMAL HOUSE, many studios tried to cash in with imitations of that film's frat-house sensibility -- including the unlikely Walt Disney Pictures! For its second PG-rated release (the first being THE BLACK HOLE), the Mouse House produced this surprisingly funny and inventive tale of a group of college students who participate in an elaborate all-night scavenger hunt. Underrated when it opened in 1980, MIDNIGHT MADNESS has acquired a well-deserved cult following, and marks the screen debut of a young Michael J. Fox! Click for more on this cult classic! The film will begin at 8:00 PM following The Go Game award presentation and screening of highlights from the game. The audience will help determine the winners. Discussion following the film with co-director David Wechter and others TBA. TIckets to the film only (without the game) are regular price.





Sunday, May 11 – 7:30 PM

Special Mother’s Day Screening:

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965, 20th Century Fox, 174 min. A young nun (Julie Andrews) becomes the nanny for a widowed Austrian captain with seven unruly children. She wins their hearts and eventually their father’s as well. Meanwhile the Nazis are taking control of their homeland. For many, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the ultimate bigger-than-life movie musical, from the first silent, sweeping shots of the Austrian Alps, to Julie Andrews suddenly bursting into song like a force of nature. An Oscar winner for Best Picture and Robert Wise’s flawless direction, this story of The Trapp Family Singers is a reason, a virtual commandment, to go see movies on the Big Screen. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Anna Lee, Marni Nixon and Angela Cartwright, with a wonderful script by Ernest Lehman. Hear "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Do, Re, Mi" and more! [35mm Print] Click for more on this film.



Sunday, May 25 – 5:30 PM

Art Directors Society Screening – A Tribute to William Creber

A native of Los Angeles, William J. Creber began his career as an apprentice draftsperson at 20th Century-Fox, sidelining his original ambitions to be an architect. He continued to gain experience as an Assistant Art Director on CLEOPATRA (1963) and PEYTON PLACE (1964). His first assignment as a Production Designer was George Stevens’ biblical epic THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965) which he was nominated for an Academy Award with Richard Day. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972) and THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974). In 2001 Creber won the ADG Award for Excellence in Production Design for a Television Movie or Mini-Series for "The Last Brickmaker in America." Then in 2003, he received the Hollywood Film Festival’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design and then in 2005 received the ADG Lifetime Achievement Award. His other film credits include PLANET OF THE APES (1968), THE DETECTIVE (1968), JUSTINE (1969), ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (1977), FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR (1986), STREET FIGHTER (1994), SPY HARD (1996) and WITHOUT LIMITS (1998). His television credits include the Emmy nominated "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964), "Lost in Space" (1965) and "The Time Tunnel" (1966) Creber has worked with many illustrious Directors such as Franklin Schaffner, Stanley Kramer, George Stevens, George Cukor, Ronald Neame and Robert Towne. He is credited with pioneering the genre of "disaster films" with legendary showman and producer, Irwin Allen. Creber is a past president of the Art Directors Guild where he currently serves on its Council and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Directors Guild of America. In addition to nearly fifty years in Production Design for film and television, Creber also exercises his design talents on educational exhibitions of film sets and miniatures effects. He also oversaw the construction of the backlot streets for the Disney-MGM studio in Orlando and for the Hollywood Backlot attraction at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim. "I can’t recall a time in my life I haven’t had a pencil in my hand," -- William Creber

THE DETECTIVE, 1968, 20th Century Fox, 114 min. Hardboiled filmmaker Gordon Douglas (veteran helmer of Cagney gem KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE as well as Sinatra’s TONY ROME and LADY IN CEMENT) directs this splendid neo-noir. Frank Sinatra is a fair, no-nonsense cop heading an investigation into the murder of a gay man that soon unravels into a web of drug-and-sex-addled police corruption. Lee Remick is Sinatra’s sexually voracious spouse, Jacqueline Bisset is a boyish waif (in a role originally intended for Mia Farrow) who may have clues to the crime, and Ralph Meeker, Jack Klugman, Al Freeman Jr. and Robert Duvall are just a few of Sinatra’s motley crew of colleagues. Tony Musante (BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) delivers a disturbing, powerhouse performance as one of the main suspects. William Creber’s art direction ably accomplishes a seamless fit, melding New York City exteriors with interiors shot on a Hollywood soundstage. THE DETECTIVE is yet another film that premiered at the Egyptian! Click for more on this film. 10 minute clip reel preceding the film. Discussion following the film with art director William J. Creber.




Thursday, May 29 – 7:30 PM

L.A. Premiere!

DAYBREAK, 2005, Fictionville, 84 min. Dir. Hamid Rahmanian. A fascinating, powerful look at capital punishment in Iran, shot inside Tehran’s century-old prison. This powerful debut feature film is based on a compilation of true stories. In Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender’s life. The story revolves around the imminent execution of Mansour, a man found guilty of murder. When the family of the victim repeatedly fails to show up on the appointed day, Mansour’s execution is postponed again and again. Stuck inside the purgatory of his own mind, he is caught between life and death, retribution and forgiveness. We have shown Rahmanian’s documentary SIR ALFRED OF CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT, which Steven Spielberg later turned into the narrative feature THE TERMINAL, and his experimental short film "An I Within." Official WebsiteDiscussion to follow with director Hamid Rahmanian.