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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: Gwen Deglise.

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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 One Night Events & Limited Engagements, Sneak Previews in October:




Wednesday, October 7 – 7:30 PM JOHN HUGHES

John Hughes Double Feature: New 35mm print! PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES, 1987, Paramount, 93 min. Dir. John Hughes. On the road, businessman Steve Martin meets an obnoxious chatterbox (John Candy), and the two opposites get stuck together as Murphy’s Law affects every attempt they make to reach their destinations. Trailer

New 35mm Print! THE GREAT OUTDOORS, 1988, Universal, 91 min. Dir. Howard Deutch. John Candy takes his family on a vacation in the woods, only to find his idyll shattered by boorish in-law Dan Aykroyd. Discussion in between films with Howard Deutch and Edie McClurg. Trailer

More John Hughes at the Egyptian.



Thursday, October 8 – 7:30 PM

William Wyler Double Feature: THE COLLECTOR, 1965, Sony Repertory, 119 min. Dir. William Wyler. William Wyler’s blood-chilling adaptation of John Fowles’ first novel stars Terence Stamp as a disturbed young Londoner who graduates from collecting butterflies to imprisoning Samantha Eggar. Trailer

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR, 1961, MGM Repertory, 107 min. Dir. William Wyler. Schoolteachers Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine are victimized by a vicious, gossip-minded student in this adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s play. Also starring James Garner. Trailer



Friday, October 9 – 7:30 PM

New Hollywood Double Feature: 30th Anniversary! BEING THERE, 1979, Warner Bros., 130 min. Dir. Hal Ashby. Peter Sellers plays a wide-eyed innocent raised in isolation who learns everything that he knows from television. Trailer

THE LANDLORD, 1970, MGM Repertory, 112 min. Dir. Hal Ashby. In this sharp, funny dramedy, Beau Bridges plays the title role, a man who buys a tenement building with the intention of renovating it himself -- only to change his plans after he interacts with the tenants. Clip



Saturday, October 10 – 7:30 PM SCI-FI

Family Sci-Fi Double Feature: FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, 1986, Buena Vista Pictures, 90 min. Dir. Randal Kleiser. An alien spaceship yanks a young boy (Fred Savage) from his home and brings him back eight years later -- but he’s still the same age! Trailer

EXPLORERS, 1985, Paramount, 109 min. Dir. Joe Dante. Ethan Hawke made his feature film debut playing a 12-year-old boy who dreams of going into outer space; River Phoenix and Jason Presson are the friends who help him get there. Discussion in between films with director Randal Kleiser. Trailer

More family screenings at the Egyptian.



Sunday, October 11 – 7:30 PM SOLD OUT

Werner Herzog in Person! Book Signing and Screening: FITZCARRALDO, 1982, IPMA, 158 min. Rubber baron and music fanatic Fitzcarraldo (Klaus Kinski) journeys down the darkest byways of the Amazon to build an opera house in the heart of the rainforest. Discussion following with director Werner Herzog, who also will be signing copies of his recently published diary Conquest of the Useless: Reflections From the Making of "Fitzcarraldo" at Every Picture Tells A Story at 6:00 PM. Trailer



Thursday, October 15 – 7:30 PM ITVS

ITVS Documentary Series: COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS, 2009, 65 min. Dirs. Benjamin Franzen & Kembrew McLeod. This documentary examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law and (of course) money. Trailer

Free admission! RSVP to for priority seating. Panel discussion following with participants to be announced. About ITVS Community Cinema: Community Cinema, produced by the Independent Television Service, is a free monthly screening series in nearly 60 cities across the U.S., featuring films from PBS’ Emmy Award-winning series "Independent Lens."



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Saturday, October 17 – 7:30 PM AIRPORT TRIPLE FEATURE

Triple Features, Trilogies and Triple Bills!
Enjoy three classic films for the price of one! This month’s Aero Triple Bill is all three of the AIRPORT movies:

AIRPORT, 1970, Universal, 137 min. Dir. George Seaton. The success of this disaster movie paved the way for the wave of 1970s movies that followed. Featuring an all-star cast including Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg. Jacqueline Bissett, Helen Hayes (who won the Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance) and more, the story revolves around a manager in a fictional Chicago airport who tries to keep the airport open during a snowstorm, while a suicidal bomber plots to blow up a Boeing 747. Trailer

AIRPORT ’75, 1975, Universal, 107 min. Dir. Jack Smight. When a 747 is rendered pilotless after crashing into a smaller plane, the control tower needs to figure out how to get someone aboard who can fly the jet. Trailer

AIRPORT ’77, 1977, Universal, 114 min. Dir. Jerry Jameson. In the third entry in the series, Jack Lemmon pilots a corporate jet that crashes into the water when an incompetent hijacker rams it into an offshore oil rig. Guests to be announced! Enjoy three classic films for the price of one! Trailer


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Sunday, October 18 – 4:00 PM


Double Feature: JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, 1963, Sony Repertory, 104 min. Dir. Don Chaffey. Heroic Greek warrior Jason travels to the farthest ends of the earth in search of the legendary Golden Fleece, in this glorious adventure featuring some of Ray Harryhausen’s most memorable visual effects. Trailer

THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, 1973, Sony Repertory, 105 min. Dir. Gordon Hessler. A rousing sequel to the classic 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD, GOLDEN VOYAGE follows our resourceful hero as he tries to solve the riddle of a mysterious occult map. All ticket holders will be eligible for a drawing for a free Ray Harryhausen limited edition print from Every Picture Tells A Story. Trailer




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Thursday, October 22 – 7:30 PM PADDY CHAYEFSKY

Double Feature: NETWORK, 1976, MGM Repertory, 120 min. Director Sidney Lumet helmed this vitriolic dissection of network television from Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning script. Peter Finch won a posthumous Oscar as Best Actor for his performance as Howard Beale, the fired news anchorman who goes mad on nationwide TV. Faye Dunaway (Oscar winner for Best Actress) is the new creative honcho who angles to exploit Beale’s madness to boost ratings. Trailer

THE HOSPITAL, 1971, MGM Repertory, 103 min. Dir. Arthur Hiller. In a film that remains strikingly timely today, Paddy Chayefsky dismantles New York City’s disintegrating public healthcare system with this darkly comic indictment that won an Oscar for best screenplay. His personal life in a shambles, George C. Scott is the chief of medicine at a hospital where patients are dying from caregivers’ errors and mistaken identities, and absurdity takes over from science. Also starring Diana Rigg. Trailer




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Saturday, October 24 – 7:30 PM IN PERSON

Ray Bradbury Tribute: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, 1983, Disney, 95 min. Dir. Jack Clayton. A strange carnival comes to a small town, bringing with it Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce), a sinister impresario who bewitches many of the town’s inhabitants with apparent answers to their dreams. Or is it their nightmares? Ray Bradbury adapted the screenplay from his novel. Writer Ray Bradbury will introduce the screening. From 4 - 7 PM, Ray Bradbury will attend a reception and book signing at Every Picture Tells A Story, introducing a new limited edition print of his painting, THE DARK CARNIVAL. Trailer


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Sunday, October 25 – 7:30 PM IN PERSON

Steve Railsback In-Person!
Double Feature:
THE STUNT MAN, 1980, 20th Century Fox, 131 min. Dir. Richard Rush. Steve Railsback plays an escaped convict who stumbles onto a film set and accidentally causes the death of a stunt man. Peter O’Toole stars as the enigmatic, god-like director who offers to hide him from the police if he will replace the stunt man and help finish the film. Trailer

ED GEIN (aka IN THE LIGHT OF THE MOON), 2000, 89 min. Dir. Chuck Parello. Steve Railsback is both chilling and disturbingly human as Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, a reclusive farmer whose troubled relationship with his mother manifests itself in some of the most horrific crimes of the 20th century. Discussion between films with actor Steve Railsback and director Richard Rush. Trailer



Wednesday, October 28 – 7:30 PM SNEAK PREVIEW

Sneak Preview! THE GLASS HOUSE, 2009, 92 min. Dir. Hamid Rahmanian. Four Iranian girls strive to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-a-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of THE GLASS HOUSE take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran, examining sexual abuse, drug addiction and abandonment. Discussion following with director Hamid Rahmanian and writer Melissa Hibbard. Trailer



Thursday, October 29 – 7:30 PM 25th ANNIVERSARY

Director’s Cut! AMADEUS, 1984, Warner Bros., 180 min. Dir. Milos Forman. This sumptuous period biopic, adapted by Peter Shaffer from his play, was nominated for 11 Oscars and won eight, including Best Picture. In flashbacks from the insane asylum where he is confined, composer Antonio Salieri (Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham) tells the story of his rivalry with precocious genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), whose outlandish personality offends Salieri’s more finely tuned sensibilities. Trailer