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Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $11 general admission unless noted otherwise.

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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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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One Night Special Events in December:


These events are Egyptian Theatre exclusives!


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Sunday, December 5 – 7:30 PM

35th Anniversary! BARRY LYNDON, 1975, Warner Bros., 183 min. Winner of four Academy Awards, including one for John Alcott’s marvelous cinematography (the all-candlelit interiors must be seen to be believed), BARRY LYNDON stars Ryan O’Neal as Thackeray’s flawed 18th-century soldier of fortune, struggling to find his place in a rigidly structured social hierarchy. Kubrick re-creates a bygone romantic era with a bittersweet wistfulness and a wealth of nuance and realistic detail. With Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets



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Thursday, December 9 – 7:30 PM

ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT REELS, approx. 70 min. The 10th annual Attack of the 50-Foot Reels returns with a Super-8 special adieu to KODACHROME film. Fifteen filmmakers will shoot a Super-8 film on one cartridge of Kodachrome Super 8 film, which was discontinued by Kodak in 2005. Now the last lab in the world that processes it will discontinue its service at the end of this year. Films in this showcase are shot and edited in camera on one cartridge of Super-8 film. The filmmakers and the audience see them for the first time the night of the screening. Official Website. Filmmakers will introduce each short. Reception to follow the screening. Buy Tickets



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Friday, December 10 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: PLAY IT AS IT LAYS, 1972, Universal, 99 min. Director Frank Perry (DAVID AND LISA) delivered many edgy psychological classics, and none is more deserving of rediscovery than this rarely screened adaptation of Joan Didion’s bestseller, with a screenplay by Didion and her late husband, John Gregory Dunne. Tuesday Weld is at her best as fiercely intelligent Maria, an ex-model on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In-the-closet producer Anthony Perkins is her only friend and Adam Roarke is her estranged director-husband trying to jumpstart his career out of the biker-film ghetto. A scathing portrait of Hollywood in the early 1970s. [35mm]

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THE SWIMMER, 1968, Sony Repertory, 94 min. One of the most unjustly neglected figures of the New Hollywood generation, director Frank Perry made 10 low-key, razor-sharp dissections of modern morals and relationships between 1962 and 1975. Based on John Cheever’s acclaimed novel, THE SWIMMER follows vigorous, middle-aged, upper-middle-class Burt Lancaster on a metaphoric journey swimming from backyard pool to backyard pool in his lush, upscale suburban neighborhood, headed toward a "home" that may no longer exist. A nostalgic portrait of regret and despair lying beneath the gemlike surface of suburbia - here represented by the sprawling, outlying suburbs of Connecticut - featuring one of Lancaster’s finest performances. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets



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Saturday, December 11 – 7:30 PM

[SPIELBERG] Retroformat's First Anniversary Screening! RETRO FORMAT – THE DARKENING TRAIL, 54 min. Before Blu-ray, before even VHS, there was 8mm film. William S. Hart’s directorial debut from 1915 demonstrates the director’s intuitive grasp of the new medium with its deeply nuanced characterizations and shadowy compositions. A departure from Hart’s signature Westerns, this moody melodrama of unrequited love, infidelity and revenge takes place in frontier Alaska. With shorts including Pacific Electric's 1915 training film on trolley car safety and D.W. Griffith's "Oil and Water" (1913) with Blanche Sweet. Buy Tickets



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Sunday, December 12 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: DIE HARD, 1988, 20th Century Fox, 131 min. Dir. John McTiernan. Bruce Willis plays wisecracking cop John McClane, an endearing everyman who becomes an unlikely hero when a group of professional thieves take his wife’s office building hostage at Christmastime. One of the most purely entertaining movies ever made, this fast, funny and visually elegant thriller set the template for the Hollywood action flicks that followed it, and made Willis a movie star. [35mm] Trailer

DIE HARD 2, 1990, 20th Century Fox. 124 min. Dir. Renny Harlin. John McClane returns to battle terrorists who have taken control of Dulles Airport on the holiday evening that his wife is flying into town. Director Renny Harlin infuses the action with high style to create a sequel that's every bit as rousing as the original, with a terrific performance by William Sadler as the main bad guy. John Amos, Dennis Franz and Fred Dalton Thompson add support. [35mm] Discussion between films with director Renny Harlin and screenwriter Steven de Souza. Trailer | Buy Tickets




Wednesday, December 15 – 7:30 PM

[SPIELBERG] BIG WORLD FOR LITTLE MOVIES: THE COMPLETE GUIDE FOR SHORT FILM CONTENT, 180 min. Whether the renewed vitality of short film content is based on the rise of consumer pod casts, the content-crazed appetite of the internet or the internet’s short-content offspring - Webseries - there's no denying it's a BIG world out there for "little movies." Uncover a wealth of information on short filmmaking trends, current channels of distribution and the future of short film exposure from a panel of short film business and programming leaders. $12 Members, $15 Students/Seniors, $20 General. Buy Tickets | Buy Tickets

Whether the renewed vitality of the short film content is based on the rise of consumer "pod casts", the content crazed appetite of the internet or the internet’s short content offspring – Webseries -- there's no denying it's a BIG world out there for "little movies." Uncover a wealth of information on short filmmaking trends, current channels of distribution and the future of short film exposure from a panel of short film business and programming leaders.

The world of short film content has changed dramatically in recent years.

In fact, not since the ".com era" of the 1990s, have we seen such rethinking of how the short film figures into overall landscape of the entertainment industry.

Today there are literally thousands of film festivals for you to consider as you move your short film out to festival audiences. With cable television exposure for short films part of the distant dream of the 1990s, short filmmakers now find themselves contending with the options of new virtual wild west -- The Internet, Video-On-Demand (VOD) and pod casts -- for greater content exposure than festival world could ever dream of or deliver.

But don't stop there! With the 1000s of internet sites available to you to post your film on, which site is best for your film? Is it more advantageous for your extended career to "YouTube" or "Vimeo" your short or for you to post your short on your own website and use your favorite social networking site to drive attention to your film? What is a "torrent site" and how can it figure into the distribution of your short? How do short film distributors (like Quat Media, SND Films, Shorts International) figure into today’s short film landscape?

Now consider this: With the incredible expansion of the methods of distribution and exhibition open to your short film, there has EVEN been a revolution in the very definition of what artistically comprises a short film.

What is a "festival" short? What is the difference between a "Sundance short," a "Cannes short," an "internet short" and a "Short Film Festival short"? What does the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences look for in a short film? What is the definition of the most desirable form of content for a short film distributor?

Finally, and most provocatively, is it more advantageous for a short filmmaker today to make a single short (festival) film or to develop and produce a webseries?

For our November seminar, BIG WORLD FOR LITTLE MOVIES: THE COMPLETE GUIDE FOR SHORT FILM CONTENT, we turn our total attention to unraveling the whole, overwhelming and complex world that today's short filmmaker must deal with to take good care of their work.

THE COMPLETE GUIDE FOR SHORT CONTENT begins with a focus on issues surrounding film festivals, film festival release strategies for short films, a list of the World's Best Short Film Festivals (and some not very good ones!) and establishing some definitions for the various forms or identities the short film artistically embodies today.

The second part of our evening's seminar will be dedicated to an in depth discussion of short film distribution and exhibition. Not only will we open the door to a greater understanding of overall design of the content favored by distributors, but we will examine rights and clearances issues AND help to sort out the vast offerings of the internet and the potential of having your very own webseries.

Panelists Include:

Kim Adelman, Author, Making It Big In Shorts, The Ultimate Filmmaker’s Guide To Short Films, Indiewire Short Film Columnist

Kimberley Browning, Executive Director/Filmmaker, HOLLYWOOD SHORTS

Andrew Crane, Short Film Programming, AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

Moderated By Thomas Ethan Harris, Producer, AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE FILM SEMINARS




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Friday, December 17 – 7:30 PM

70mm Print! 45th Anniversary! LORD JIM, 1965, Sony Repertory, 154 min. This vast, atmospheric adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s classic novel was aimed at recapturing the magic of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, pairing actor Peter O’Toole with a gifted director in Richard Brooks (IN COLD BLOOD) and prestigious literary material. O’Toole is perfectly cast as an idealistic sailor who is branded a coward for abandoning an apparently sinking ship during a storm - then given a chance to redeem his conscience and his soul by aiding in a native revolution in the South Pacific jungle. Equally mesmerizing are Eli Wallach as a sadistic warlord, James Mason as an avaricious mercenary and Daliah Lavi as a courageous native girl. [70mm] Buy Tickets



Saturday, December 18

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour


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. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.) following the tour.

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. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: $5. Buy Tickets




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Sunday, December 19 – 7:30 PM

BEN-HUR, 1959, Warner Bros., 212 min. Director William Wyler’s grand epic, adapted from the novel by Lew Wallace, tells the timeless saga of two boyhood comrades (Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd), who grow up to be fierce enemies in the time of Christ. The grueling chariot race alone is worth the price of admission. Winner of 11 Oscars including Best Picture. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre and reportedly ran for two years! [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets



Wednesday, December 29 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: LAURA, 1944, 20th Century Fox, 88 min. Dir. Otto Preminger. Investigating a murder, chain-smoking Detective McPherson (Dana Andrews) falls in love with the dead woman - only to find out that it wasn't she who was murdered. Even in a genre known for its convoluted twists, LAURA is a one-of-a-kind film noir. The brilliant cast includes Gene Tierney as the gorgeous Laura, Clifton Webb as Waldo Lydecker and Vincent Price as Laura's fiancÚ, Shelby Carpenter. The famous haunting and nostalgic musical theme by David Raskin is unforgettable. The film is said to have been an inspiration for David Lynch’s "Twin Peaks." [35mm] Trailer

70th Anniversary! REBECCA, 1940, Walt Disney Co., 130 min. Director Alfred Hitchcock’s Gothic romance asks the question: Did guilt-ridden, rich widower Laurence Olivier do away with his notorious wife Rebecca or not? And what secret does sinister, manipulating housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson) hold that may unlock the mystery? As the widower’s second wife, a young Joan Fontaine attempts to unravel the mystery. [35mm] Buy Tickets



Thursday, December 30 – 7:30 PM

Digitally Restored! THE GODFATHER, 1972, Paramount, 175 min. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall join Marlon Brando, who gives an unforgettable, career-reviving performance as Don Vito Corleone. When a mob war breaks out and Don Vito is seriously wounded, returning veteran Michael (Pacino), previously uninvolved in the family "business," is the only one cool and collected enough to pull the irons out of the fire. [DCP] Trailer | Buy Tickets



Saturday, January 1 – 7:30 PM

Restored Version! THE GODFATHER PART II, 1974, Paramount, 200 min. Francis Ford Coppola expands upon and deepens the themes of THE GODFATHER with this ambitious sequel. The film follows two stories of gangsters rising to power: a young Don Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro), and his son Michael (Al Pacino) decades later. Coppola’s parallel structure allows him to compare and contrast two American eras and consider the political and cultural changes of the 20th century; it’s an approach that makes THE GODFATHER PART II an epic work of art as well as one of the most entertaining crime movies ever made. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets



Sunday, January 2 – 3:00 PM

Triple Feature: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, 1981, Paramount, 115 min. Archaeologist Harrison Ford battles occult-obsessed Nazis and former girlfriend Karen Allen as he attempts to save the Ark of the Covenant. Brilliant, non-stop adventure from director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas. [35mm] Trailer

INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, 1984, Paramount, 118 min. Dir. Steven Spielberg. This time we find Jones fleeing Shanghai and attempting to help free a village’s children from indentured servitude to a maniacal cult. Before the last reel unspools, Jones will fight for survival in the nefarious Temple of Doom. [35mm] Trailer

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, 1989, Paramount, 127 min. Director Steven Spielberg returns for the third entry in the series with Indiana (Harrison Ford) searching for his father (Sean Connery), a brilliant archaeologist who has been kidnapped by the Nazis. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets