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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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Where the Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets, 1965 - 1968

This is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!



The Cinematheque presents an ongoing series celebrating Los Angeles' legendary music scene. This month we mark the release of Rhino's landmark box set (**** Mojo, Uncut, The Guardian) with a full day of sights and sounds from the era. The big screen will be filled with one-of-a-kind musical rarities of the era and the Egyptian courtyard will come alive with vintage memorabilia dealers, way-out guests and righteous Rhino giveaways. Enjoy live music by L.A.’s newest and coolest ’60s garage punk band The Living Sickness, plus Go-Go dancing by Moana Santana (Lucha Va Voom) and Brandy (Satisfaction).

Between the 2-4 PM, there will be a special signing session. Merrell Fankhauser (Fapardokly), Bobby Hart (Boyce & Hart), Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi & Billy), Van Dyke Parks, and Mark Tulin (The Electric Prunes) will all be on hand to sign copies of Where The Action Is and whatever other items fans might bring. Action producer Andrew Sandoval will also be signing copies of his book The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story Of The '60s TV Pop Sensation along with Monkees screenwriter David Evans. Domenic Priore will also be on hand to sign copies of his book Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock ’n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood.



Sunday, November 1 – 12:00 PM L.A. NUGGETS

"The Monkees," approx. 120 min. Revisit the ’60s with four episodes of the Monkees' Emmy Award-winning television series: "The Case of the Missing Monkee," "Monkees Marooned," "The Chaperone" and "The Frodis Caper." These rare 35mm prints have never been screened theatrically and feature unique soundtracks unheard since 1973 (and unavailable in this form on DVD)! Monkees authority Andrew Sandoval will treat the audience to some rare trailers and commercials featuring the pre-fab foursome. Discussion with key songwriter Bobby Hart and other surprise guests.

Between the matinee and the evening show, groove to live music by L.A.’s newest and coolest ’60s garage punk band The Living Sickness, with Go-Go dancing by Moana Santana (Lucha Va Voom) and Brandy (Satisfaction) plus band introduction by a legendary ’60s L.A. DJ to be announced!


Sunday, November 1 – 4:00 PM L.A. NUGGETS

60s L.A. Promotional Film Potpourri. From deep in the archives of director Malcolm Leo ("This is Elvis," "Heros of Rock 'n' Roll"), we bring you back to a time when "music videos" were known by a name better suited to their true purpose: "promotional films." As part of this flavor-based presentation, see The Mamas & The Papas foolin’ around inside Sunset Strip youthquake boutique deVoss, Sonny & Cher recording at Gold Star Studios, Boyce & Hart trapezing around Hollywood Boulevard singing "Out and About" and The Turtles prancing all over the Strip, with stops at The Plush Pup and Pandora’s Box.

MONDO MOD, 1967, 72 min. Dir. Bethel Buckalew. Narrated by KHJ disc jockey Humble Harv, the film is a full-color, self-indulgent pastiche of what made Los Angeles teenagers tick in '66. You'll hit Belinda boutique on the Sunset Strip, where the owner encourages wearing micro-minis with nothing underneath. Check Hollywood Boulevard hip at Lewin’s Records. Karate is clearly mod, as inspired by the Green Hornet’s Bruce Lee. LSD trips, bongo-blastin’ pot parties, a bird’s-eye view of dancing inside Whisky a Go Go, surfing and more. Those of us who lived here then feel as if we were cast out of Eden, so at the very least, MONDO MOD provides a glimpse of that time. The whole shebang will be kicked off by a brief color slide show by Domenic Priore, author of Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock ’n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood.


Sunday, November 1 – 7:30 PM L.A. NUGGETS

RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP, 1967, MGM Repertory, 85 min. Dir. Arthur Dreifuss. Sam Katzman (Alan Freed's DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK, etc.) was hip enough to film Little Richard and Chuck Berry when Hollywood wouldn’t touch them. In 1966 he instinctively lensed The Standells, The Chocolate Watchband and The Enemys, who at the time may not have been as big as, say, The Mamas & The Papas, but whose ’60s punk sound would resonate in years to come. Based inside threatened nightclub Pandora’s Box, RIOT follows the exploits of L.A. Mods and their corporate grandfathers trying to rub out all the fun. The protest follow-up in real life would lead to MONTEREY POP. RIOT captures the vigor prior to the consolidation of the "rock" industry and its eventual corporate demise. Trailer

THE PAD (AND HOW TO USE IT), 1966, 88 min. Dir. Brian G. Hutton. This obscure ’60s feature (adapted from a stage play) follows the exploits of a lonely bachelor hoping to find love at a symphonic recital who instead finds himself mixed up with a sexy swinger turned on by the Sunset Strip scene. A color copycat combination of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in THE APARTMENT and Richard Lester’s 1965 THE KNACK AND HOW TO GET IT, THE PAD’S ’66 L.A. spin features a healthy dose of Whisky a Go Go footage when the place was still cool, and folks there knew how to DANCE. Red Velvet house band The Knickerbockers (of "Lies" and "One Track Mind" fame) are featured on stage; that alone makes this rarely seen Hollywood hacker flick a worthy trip for the discriminating L.A. Nuggets audience.