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Series compiled by:Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Beth Hanna.
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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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Platinum Career: A Tribute to Kim Novak


This is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!



Co-presented by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Los Angeles magazine.

Legend.....a person who is the center of stories perpetuated by their telling through history...someone who is timeless in their style and appeal. That was Garbo…that was Dietrich, and that IS Novak.

A star is a magical, incandescent quality that shines on screen. One is born with the magic; it cannot be taught or created from the outside. Kim Novak’s soul reaches out and touches you with her truth.

Her work is receiving more acclaim with the passage of time. Recently Novak was honored with the prestigious Golden Bear Award for her lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2003 she was presented with the Eastman (Kodak) Archives Award for her contribution to film (prior honorees include Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep).

Novak never dreamed of being an actress. As a young girl, she received an art scholarship to the prestigious Chicago Art Institute and was planning to attend. During a summer trip to Hollywood with a friend, she was discovered by an agent and signed to Columbia Pictures.

In 1956 Novak became the No. 1 box office star in the world for three years. At the height of her fame she had the courage to walk away from fame and fortune in search of her own identity. She is an artist in the worlds of motion pictures, painting, writing, sculpting and photography. Novak possesses a magic that enables her to endure the test of time. She is luminescent both on and offscreen, and is timeless. That is what makes a legend.

Join us for a weekend tribute to the career of Kim Novak.

The 35mm prints of PICNIC, PAL JOEY, BELL BOOK & CANDLE and MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT have been beautifully restored courtesy of Sony Pictures in anticipation of the "Kim Novak Film Collection" DVD box-set to be released by Sony later this summer. Join the Cinematheque during the series at the Friend level or above and take home a copy of the "Kim Novak Film Collection."


Friday, July 30 – 7:30 PM

Kim Novak In Person! Double Feature:

New 35 mm Restored Print! BELL BOOK & CANDLE, 1958, Sony Repertory, 103 min. Dir. Richard Quine. When modern-day witch Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) casts a love spell on unsuspecting neighbor and publisher Shepherd Henderson (James Stewart), both parties find themselves in for much more than they bargained. With Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs.

New 35 mm Restored Print! PAL JOEY, 1957, Sony Repertory, 111 min. Dir. George Sidney. When chorus girl Linda English (Kim Novak) holds out against the advances of womanizing crooner Joey Evans (Frank Sinatra), his interest in her increases ten-fold. Wealthy widow Vera Simpson (Rita Hayworth) meets Joey and agrees to underwrite his private nightclub venture, but has a jealous change of heart when she finds out about young Linda.

Discussion between films with actress Kim Novak (schedule permitting), co-moderated by Los Angeles magazine editor Mary Melton and award-winning author and screenwriter Stephen Rebello. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Saturday, July 31 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: New 35 mm Restored Print! PICNIC, 1955, Sony Repertory, 115 min. Dir. Joshua Logan. When handsome drifter Hal Carter (William Holden) stumbles into town to visit an old friend, Kim Novak and the rest of the community find that their lives have been forever changed.

New 35 mm Restored Print! MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, 1959, Sony Repertory, 118 min. Dir. Delbert Mann. A solidly middle-aged clothing manufacturer (Frederic March) falls for the delectable 24-year-old Betty (a terrific Kim Novak), and their seemingly inappropriate romance is met with an uproar. Buy Tickets




Sunday, August 1 – 7:30 PM

70 mm Print! VERTIGO, 1958, Universal, 128 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Detective Scotty Ferguson (James Stewart) becomes obsessed with the seemingly possessed Madeleine (Kim Novak) he is hired to follow, and tragedy ensues. When he later stumbles upon Judy (also played by Novack), a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine, Scotty’s desire to literally re-create his lost love spirals out of control. Trailer | Buy Tickets