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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.

 

 

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Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $10 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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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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Sunday, September 13 - 7:30 PM
70mm Print! WEST SIDE STORY
, 1961, MGM Repertory, 151 min. Ultra-classic musical, co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, with Natalie Wood as the lovely Maria and Richard Beymer as her star-crossed lover Tony, surrounded by switchblade-carrying New York gangs led by Russ Tamblyn and George Chakiris. Fiery, charismatic Rita Moreno is Chakiris’ sister Anita. Leonard Bernstein’s soaring, instantly memorable score, with lyrics by a young Stephen Sondheim, stands as one of the finest ever written for the American musical theater. Trailer | Roger Ebert’s Great Movies

 

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Wednesday, September 16 - 7:30 PM
70mm Print! BARAKA
, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. Inspired by the Sufi word meaning "breath of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe -- shot in 24 countries on five continents -- from director-cinematographer Ron Fricke (who photographed the earlier KOYAANISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson (the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely without dialogue in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70mm images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. Discussion following with Mark Magidson (schedule permitting). Trailer | Roger Ebert’s Great Movies

 

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Thursday, September 17 – 7:00 PM

By Popular Demand!

[Spielberg Theatre] NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD, For most emerging filmmakers, the goal of launching a film on the film festival circuit begins with one singular dream: SUNDANCE! But what lies beyond Sundance for you and your film? In this informative seminar, film festival programmer/film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris (former Director of Programming Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International Short Film Festival)offers filmmakers practical skills to navigating the world of film festivals to maximum effect. More General: $20, Students/Seniors: $15, Cinematheque Members: $12.

 

 

Saturday, September 19

Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: Tour & movie: $10.

 

 

 

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Saturday, September 19 – 2:00 PM

Co-Presented by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

Cedric Gibbons - Visionary Art Deco MGM Art Director
Cedric Gibbons is considered one of the most influential art production directors in the history of American film. Gibbons led the MGM art department from 1924 to 1956, but his most creative years were 1928-1939, when his movie settings invoked the Art Deco and streamline moderne styles. A Gibbons film’s elegant production designs offered a welcome distraction to Depression-era moviegoers. Gibbons created a new template from which interior designers would create "moderne" spaces for wealthy clients. John Thomas, vice president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and co-author of Long Beach Art Deco, will explore the designs and themes of Cedric Gibbons. Special price: Cinematheque & Art Deco Society members: $5 with membership card, or free with purchase of a ticket to GRAND HOTEL at 3:30 PM.

 

 

Saturday, September 19 – 3:30 PM

GRAND HOTEL, 1932, Warner Bros., 112 min. Director Edmund Goulding orchestrates a dazzling parade of iconographic stars and intersecting subplots. Ballerina Greta Garbo, aristocrat John Barrymore, secretary Joan Crawford and cutthroat mogul Wallace Beery are just a few of the legends who make their way through this classic ensemble drama, a film whose influence can be seen in later films by Robert Altman and P.T. Anderson, among many others. Cedric Gibbons’ stunning Art Deco art direction gives the players an opulent setting for their personal melodramas. Purchase a ticket to GRAND HOTEL and the Cedric Gibbons lecture detailed above is free. Members are $7.

 

 

Sunday, September 20

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

What Mother doesn’t like gossip on Hollywood legends, scintillating stories of the silent screen and dramatic tales of historical architectural preservation? Bring yours! Special Treats for Moms Attending the Tour Today!

bigparadepremiere.gif (78018 bytes)For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: $5. Tour & movie: $10.

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 23 - 7:30 PM
Japanese Cult Classics Double Feature: HOUSE (HAUSU), 1977, Janus Films, 87 min. This long-lost fantasy/horror masterpiece from director Nobuhiko Obayashi has finally surfaced in America. Oshare can’t wait to spend the summer with her father…until he informs her that he plans to remarry. She decides to go away with some friends to visit an estranged aunt…who, unbeknownst to the girls is immortal and can only remain that way by feeding on virgins. Her evil house, with its girl-devouring piano, does the killing for her. Based on an idea given to the director by his then 7-year-old daughter. With Kimiko Ikegami. Trailer | Insane Movie Clip! | Death by Piano

GOKE, BODYSNATCHER FROM HELL (KYUKETSKI GOKEMIDORO), 1968, Janus Films, 84 min. Director Hajime Sato unleashed one of the scariest 1960s sci-fi/horror films with this blend of surreal visuals and a 1950s-style storyline. Opening with a shot of a jetliner against an ominously orange sky (to which Quentin Tarantino paid homage in KILL BILL, VOL.1), Sato plunges us into action as the plane is disabled by a flying saucer and crash-lands in a mountainous desert. Heroic pilot Teruo Yoshida tries to control the panic but can’t keep several passengers from wandering off and promptly getting invaded by a creeping blue gel that turns them into vampiric killers. Screening preceded by a booksigning at 6:30 PM with author Chris D. and his re-released book Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film. Trailer

 

 

 

Sunday, September 27 - 5:30 PM
STAR TREK: 40 Years of Designing the Future  
Director’s Cut! STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, 1979, Paramount, 132 min. Director Robert Wise, ably assisted by Harold Michelson’s (DICK TRACY) otherworldly production design, Jerry Goldsmith’s stirring score and a special effects team including Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra and Ramon Sanchez, delivers the first STAR TREK film as a profound meditation on man’s struggle to survive against the negative forces in the universe. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta.

This program will review the full spectrum of STAR TREK’s visual achievements and its contributions to the art of narrative design for science fiction. Production Designers John Jefferies, Joseph R. Jennings, Herman Zimmerman and Scott Chambliss, along with moderator and VFX artist Darin R. Dochterman, will take us on a journey using visual clip pods based on design themes such as the ships, the bridge, alien worlds, gadgets & gizmos, and production challenges. Collaborating with Dochterman in the selection of the content for this program are Designers Michael and Denise Okuda, authors of The Star Trek Encyclopedia. Included are pre-recorded guest speaker clips from such STAR TREK veterans as a concept artist, VFX artist, set decorator, costume designer, graphic artist and producer. The panel and clip show will be presented first. Pre-show 5:00 PM, Program 5:30 PM, Film 8:00 PM. Trailer | Roger Ebert Review:

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 30 - 7:30 PM
Co-presented by The Reconnection:

Los Angeles Premiere! THE LIVING MATRIX, 2009, 83 min. Director Greg Becker traveled around the world, filming scientists, alternative-health advocates and others, exploring the role of
"bioenergetics" in health and healing. The film mixes new science, recovery stories and 3-D motion graphics to take the provocative discussion of quantum physics, energy fields and consciousness and apply it to health and healing. Leading researchers and health practitioners including Lynne McTaggart, Bruce Lipton, Peter Fraser and Eric Pearl will share their discoveries on the "miracle cures" traditional medicine cannot explain. Discussion following with director Greg Becker, producer Harry Massey, healer Eric Pearl, researcher and anthropologist Marilyn Mandala Schlitz and many more to be announced. Trailer | Whole Science Review
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