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‘Time of the Heathen’ Video Showcases the Film’s 4K Restoration

May 6, 2024 —

Another classic is getting the restoration treatment thanks to Arbelos Films as Peter Kass’ 1961 independent feature, Time of the Heathen, has been restored to an impressive 4K and will celebrate screenings on both the East and the West Coast in May. First up, the film will make its debut in New York City, rolling across a big screen in the Big Apple for the first time in history. That showing will take place on May 10, courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center. Jumping across the country, audiences in Los Angeles can expect to enjoy Time of the Heathen on May 12 thanks to the folks at American Cinematheque.

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‘No Longer a Matter of Film Versus Digital’: What Film Preservation Means Today

May 3, 2024 —

A highlight of 2024’s TCM Classic Film Festival was the world premiere of a pristine restoration of John Ford‘s “The Searchers,” one of the greatest Westerns ever made and certainly — given its impact on directors like Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and Paul Schrader — one of the most influential. “The Searchers” was photographed in VistaVision, arguably the best of the widescreen formats that emerged in the 1950s to combat television’s encroachment on the film business, and to see it projected on the big screen is a transcendent experience — especially if one is lucky enough to view the 70mm print that premiered at TCM’s fest and is currently making its way around the revival circuit (it screens in Los Angeles at the American Cinematheque on May 3 and 4).

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American Cinematheque to Host Return of Allison and Tiffany Anders’ ‘Don’t Knock the Rock’ Film Festival

April 24, 2024 —

Throughout the early 2000s, the rock ‘n’ roll film festival “Don’t Knock the Rock” was one of the highlights of any L.A.-based cinephile’s year, an impeccably assembled program of movies, live performances, and panels celebrating the intersection between rock ‘n’ roll and cinema. Created by writer-director Allison Anders (creator of three of the greatest movies about music ever made — “Border Radio,” “Grace of My Heart,” and “Sugar Town”) and music supervisor Tiffany Anders (who possesses the best taste in television as the curator of songs for “Reservation Dogs,” “Beef,” and “PEN15”), “Don’t Knock the Rock” was beloved for its determination to showcase difficult-to-see music documentaries and for the breadth and depth of its programming.

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The Greatest Crime Movie Ever Made Was Written by A.I.

April 15, 2024 —

It’s one of several stone-cold masterpieces written by the novelist-turned-screenwriter, whose work is being properly acknowledged by the American Cinematheque in their upcoming series “Written by A.I.,” a retrospective consisting of five essential films either scripted by Bezzerides or based on his fiction. The play on words in the retrospective’s title goes beyond a cute reference to a buzzy topic; it references the intersection between film and technology that characterized Bezzerides’ best work in movies about mankind’s complicated relationship to the machines that both make life easier and ultimately lead to self-destruction.

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Montage Of Greatness: L.A’s Newest Film Festival Showcases Documentaries, Mockumentaries (‘Guffman’!), Concert Docs, Jon Bon Jovi

April 17, 2024 —

The documentary world has been rocked by news of Participant shutting down, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival ending after a 35-year run, and the possibility this may be the final year for the Hot Docs festival in Toronto. But there is one bright spot on the firmament: the debut of a new festival in Los Angeles dedicated to nonfiction cinema.

The American Cinematheque’s inaugural This Is Not a Fiction festival began April 10 and runs through this Thursday, presenting a program of 44 feature docs and 11 shorts.

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Celebrating the midnight movie, plus the best films to see in L.A. this week

April 12, 2024 —

Already underway, “This is Not a Fiction” is a new festival launched by the American Cinematheque. The lineup of documentary films and attending filmmakers is quite impressive, showing both classics of the form as well as boundary-breaking newer works.

“It feels like it’s exploding and we have quite a big team now,” said Chris LeMaire, senior film programmer at the American Cinematheque, who put the series together with programmer Cindy Fernanda Flores. “And it all feels like in keeping with the goal that the Cinematheque has had for many years, which is to put on a year-round film festival.”

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Comedies make life more fun, plus the best films to see in L.A.

March 29, 2024 —

The screenwriting duo of Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah has produced a unique and distinctive body of work that exists in its own reality, where dreams come true, underdogs win and everyone lives with a song in their heart. It speaks to the strength of their shared vision that the films feel aligned — even though they are made by different directors and producers. Beginning Sunday, the American Cinematheque is launching a tribute series to the pair, taking place at the Egyptian, Aero and Los Feliz theaters.

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Comedies make life more fun, plus the best films to see in L.A.

March 29, 2024 —

The screenwriting duo of Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah has produced a unique and distinctive body of work that exists in its own reality, where dreams come true, underdogs win and everyone lives with a song in their heart. It speaks to the strength of their shared vision that the films feel aligned — even though they are made by different directors and producers. Beginning Sunday, the American Cinematheque is launching a tribute series to the pair, taking place at the Egyptian, Aero and Los Feliz theaters.

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Make it a Nancy Meyers weekend, plus the best films to see in L.A.

March 22, 2024 —

Honestly, just about any weekend could be / should be a Nancy Meyers weekend, but the American Cinematheque is celebrating the writer-director-producer with three of her films this weekend.

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American Cinematheque Launches Major New L.A. Documentary Festival This Is Not a Fiction

March 19, 2024 —

The American Cinematheque is kicking off a robust new Los Angeles nonfiction film festival dubbed This Is Not a Fiction, running from April 10-18. The festival opens with docuseries “Thank You, Good Night: The Bon Jovi Story,” with Jon Bon Jovi in-person at the Aero Theatre for the L.A. premiere screening.

The event will include in-person tributes to distinguished documentary filmmakers including Barbara Kopple, Joe Berlinger, Brett Morgen, Bill Morrison, Kirsten Johnson, Terry Zwigoff, Jeff Tremaine and Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, as well as a virtual Q&A with Frederick Wiseman.

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To see the real Los Angeles, visit its historic movie theaters

March 11, 2024 —

It’s thanks to filmmakers’ passion to keep theaters alive and a new generation of fans, says Ken Scherer, executive director of the nonprofit American Cinematheque, which runs programming at the Egyptian and other theaters.

“New voices coming to the screen, new stories being told—all of that is playing into the cultural sense of [this] generation coming into its own,” he says, noting a membership uptick in his organization since the pandemic. “And yes, they’re seeing clips on YouTube or TikTok. [But] people have discovered sitting in a movie theater is really cool.”

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The unsettling power of Black horror, plus the week’s best films to see in L.A.

February 23, 2024 —

The American Cinematheque has launched a series on New Black horror at the Los Feliz 3. Having already opened with Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning “Get Out,” the program really kicks into gear this week with Nikyatu Jusu’s “Nanny,” Bomani J. Story’s “The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster,” Mariama Diallo’s “Master” and Peele’s “Us.” This is a smartly curated series with a group of films that, taken together, show the power of the horror genre to address contemporary social issues while also providing audiences with a thrilling time.

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Miyazaki And More: American Cinematheque's 14-Film Studio Ghibli Retrospective

February 23, 2024 —

The American Cinematheque is screening 14 films from Ghibli, which was founded in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and has produced “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” to name its most famous movies.

But this retrospective at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres also includes movies you probably haven’t seen.

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‘Nyad’ Stars Annette Bening and Jodie Foster Recall Wearing a Simliar Dress at the Oscars

February 22, 2024 —

The two are both Oscar nominated for portraying swimmer Diana Nyad (Bening) and her best friend/coach Bonnie Stoll (Foster.) In a Q&A at the Aero Theatre for the American Cinematheque, the pair revealed they had only met in passing and Bening was a bit intimidated when she heard Foster was being offered the part of Stoll.

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Helen Mirren Gets Cinematheque Love

February 16, 2024 —

Helen Mirren got the royal treatment a queen deserves Thursday night from the American Cinematheque in a ceremony delayed by the actors strike but finally taking place right during crunch time in the Oscar race.

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Harrison Ford, Vin Diesel Pay Tribute to Helen Mirren at American Cinematheque Awards

February 16, 2024 —

Harrison Ford, Vin Diesel, Patrick Stewart, Bryan Cranston, Pierce Brosnan, Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough and Mirren’s husband Taylor Hackford toasted the star at the event, which is an annual fundraiser for the American Cinematheque that supports its programming at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, Los Feliz 3 Theatre in Los Feliz and Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

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Helen Mirren Fooled the Crowd with an A.I.-Generated Speech (and Ripped It Up) at the American Cinematheque Awards

February 16, 2024 —

When Dame Helen Mirren took the stage at the Beverly Hilton to accept the 37th annual American Cinematheque Award on Thursday night, she began by reciting an elegant, if cliched, declaration of gratitude for her lifetime spent working in Hollywood. It was the kind of predictable lifetime achievement speech fare that award circuit veterans have heard far too many times, so anyone could be forgiven for thinking it was genuine. But as soon as she reached the end, Mirren gleefully ripped up her papers as she announced “That was written by AI!”

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Helen Mirren Reflects On This ‘Exciting’ Time For Female-Led Films In Hollywood

February 16, 2024 —

When introducing Mirren with her American Cinematheque Award, Harrison Ford said of his longtime scene partner and friend, “You are the kindest, funniest, wackiest broad, and I thank you for it.” Other actors who took the stage to honor Mirren were Bryan Cranston, Patrick Stewart, Pierce Brosnan, Andrea Risenborough, Alan Cumming, Vin Diesel and Mirren’s filmmaker husband Taylor Hackford, each of them sharing fond memories of their experiences alongside the evening’s honoree.

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Helen Mirren Rips Up AI-Generated Speech at American Cinematheque Awards

February 16, 2024 —

Helen Mirren ripped AI to shreds while being honored Thursday night at the American Cinematheque Awards.

After being presented with the lifetime achievement award by her “Mosquito Coast” and “1923” co-star Harrison Ford at the Beverly Hilton gala, Mirren began to read her acceptance speech from a piece of a paper. Then she added, “And that was written by AI,” before proceeding to tear up the speech and letting the pieces of paper fall to the stage floor.

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American Cinematheque Awards Honoring Helen Mirren

February 15, 2024 —

The American Cinematheque rolled out the red carpet for this year’s American Cinematheque Awards ceremony honoring Helen Mirren. One of the Hollywood nonprofit’s biggest fundraising events of the year, tonight’s ceremony was originally set for November, before the SAG-AFRTA strike forced organizers to delay.

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Robert Downey Jr. Reveals the Surprising Roles He Almost Got—And Almost Lost

February 6, 2024 —

Robert Downey Jr. still has some secrets to share, despite a life lived in public since he was around five years old. At an American Cinematheque event celebrating his filmography at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, just a short distance from where he went to high school, the actor repeatedly surprised the audience with previously untold tales about some of the most beloved movies ever made. If things had gone differently, comic book movie history could have been vastly different—with Downey playing the villain in a DC comics blockbuster, and Tom Cruise taking the lead of Iron Man.

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The Sopranos Creator David Chase, The Film That Lit My Fuse

February 2, 2024 —

The Sopranos creator David Chase is in Los Angeles this weekend to honor the 25th anniversary of TV’s greatest drama series this Sunday, when he joins Matt Weiner and Terry Winter to swap stories in a sold out event at the American Cinematheque. What better time to hail such an important milestone by drawing Chase out on the influences and experiences that honed the unique creative outlook, sense of humor and yes, demons, that informed the groundbreaking HBO series that changed TV in its six season run from 1999 to 2007?

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Two Chilean films depict Tierra del Fuego’s brutal colonization — and with it, art’s role

January 27, 2024 —

For the last couple of months I’ve been working my way through Oscar contenders, and last night I managed to catch the final screening of Chilean director Felipe Gálvez’s “Los Colonos” (“The Settlers”) at the American Cinematheque. The film is a western that is also an anti-western, recounting the genocidal settlement of Tierra del Fuego by European and criollo ranching families who hired mercenaries to systematically kill Indigenous Selk’nam people to seize their land.

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Nancy Savoca on the small miracles of ‘Household Saints,’ plus the best movies in L.A.

January 26, 2024 —

Directed by Nancy Savoca and adapted by Savoca and her husband Richard Guay from the novel by Francine Prose, 1993’s “Household Saints” has gotten a new restoration and re-release. The film is playing tonight at the American Cinematheque’s Los Feliz 3 with Savoca and Guay in person for a Q&A.

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Ava DuVernay on her intimate yet epic ‘Origin,’ plus the best movies to see in L.A.

January 12, 2024 —

At the Aero theater on Monday, the American Cinematheque is showing Ava DuVernay’s new ORIGIN ahead of its theatrical release on Jan. 19, along with DuVernay’s 2014 drama SELMA. The filmmaker will be there for a Q&A with Black List founder Franklin Leonard.

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‘Household Saints,’ Once Lost, Has Been Found and Restored in All Its ’90s Glory

January 12, 2024 —

A few years ago, filmmaker Nancy Savoca came to believe that one of her movies had been lost forever. Now, HOUSEHOLD SAINTS gets a second shot at its own canonization.

[The film] opens in Los Angeles on Friday, January 26 at American Cinematheque.

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Michael Mann Considers a Return to Celluloid for ‘Heat 2’

January 9, 2024 —

Ever since Michael Mann became one of the first A-list directors to embrace digital filmmaking with 2004’s COLLATERAL,  he’s left film behind, shooting all of his subsequent features using digital capture rather than celluloid. That might change, however; as Mann told a sold-out crowd at the American Cinematheque on January 5, he’s considering a return to film — and it will be for a sequel to his most beloved movie.

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L.A.'s Historic Movie Theaters Are Springing Back to Life in 2024

January 9, 2024 —

With bold renovations and new ideas, deep-pocketed investors have renewed faith in the brick-and-mortar movie business after it suffered devastating pandemic closures.

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The many stages of Michael Mann, plus the best movies to see in L.A. this week

January 5, 2024 —

The American Cinematheque is launching a tribute series this weekend, with Mann in person for a number of Q&As. The sharpness and vividness with which he recalls production details of his older films is riveting and will make for a great series of conversations. The series will also bring into focus the ways in which Mann returns to certain archetypes throughout his work, but always brings something new, whether technically in his craft or in his ongoing examinations of masculine identity.

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‘Perfect Days’ to Kick Off Wim Wenders Retrospective From American Cinematheque and Neon

January 4, 2024 —

The American Cinematheque has programmed a retrospective to celebrate the work of three-time Oscar nominee Wim Wenders ahead of the Feb. 7 nationwide release of his latest film PERFECT DAYS, Neon announced.

The retrospective screenings and in-person Q&As will begin on Jan. 11 at the Aero Theatre with a double feature of PERFECT DAYS and TOKYO-GA at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Q&A segment with the director in between the films.

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Movies to watch on New Year’s Eve, plus the best to see in L.A. this week

December 29, 2023 —

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” knowingly cribs from David Lean’s 1949 drama “The Passionate Friends” for the staging of its New Year’s Eve sequence, with Anderson creating an all-timer of romantic longing. In the film, a fashion designer living in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock, in what for now seems to be his final screen role, falls for a woman, Alma, who upends the precise order of his existence.

The film is playing at the Egyptian Theatre in 70mm on New Year’s Eve, with a 5 p.m. showtime that means you’ll still have plenty of time for festivities after.

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How the West Was Revised

December 22, 2023 —

LONE STAR at the Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, December 14, 2023. At its 4K restoration premiere at the newly renovated Egyptian Theatre, I learned secrets that changed how I see LONE STAR, John Sayles’s 1996 Western.

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The best screenings of 2023 according to L.A. film programmers

December 22, 2023 —

This year, I had a few times when I went to a see a movie and got more than I expected, with surprise guests that only deepened my appreciation for the work onscreen. I went to see a rare 70mm print of Luis Valdez’s 1981 film, “Zoot Suit,” at the Aero Theatre, and the film’s star, Edward James Olmos, made an unannounced appearance, having just watched the film himself for the first time since its release.

I reached out to a handful of local film programmers [incl. Imani Davis, Cindy Fernanda Flores, Chris LeMaire]to ask them for their most memorable individual screening events from this year, whether they were ones they attended or ones they put on themselves.

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Origin’ & Emerald Fennell’s ‘Saltburn’ To Kick Off Black List 20th Anniversary Screening Series With American Cinematheque

December 19, 2023 —

Leaning into to two decades of shining a spotlight on Tinseltown’s most liked unproduced screenplays, the Franklin Leonard-founded Black List has teamed up with American Cinematheque for a screening series to kick off next month. Going into the Black List crates, a heavy hitting double bill of Emerald Fennell’s SALTBURN and PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN and Ava DuVernay’s January 19 released ORIGIN and her 2014 picture SELMA are the first films in the series.

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American Cinematheque Announces Tribute to the Crafts Honorees

December 14, 2023 —

The American Cinematheque announced the honorees for the third annual Tribute to the Crafts, which include OPPENHEIMER for cinematography and editing, POOR THINGS for costume design and “I’m Just Ken” from BARBIE for song. The event will take place on Jan. 19, 2024, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

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American Cinematheque Honorees 3rd Annual Tribute To The Crafts

December 14, 2023 —

In its continuing effort to shine the spotlight on industry artisans who toil behind the scenes to make movie magic, the American Cinematheque on Thursday revealed the 2023 honorees for its third annual Tribute to the Crafts.

Tribute to the Crafts honors those who are at the heart of filmmaking and have exhibited extraordinary work behind the camera over the past year. The evening will celebrate individuals in 15 categories covering all aspects of filmmaking and will showcase clips from each of their respective films.

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Talent Behind ‘Barbie,’ ‘Oppenheimer’ Among American Cinematheque Crafts Honorees

December 14, 2023 —

Talent behind movies including BARBIE, OPPENHEIMER and MAESTRO are among the honorees for the American Cinematheque‘s third annual “Tribute to the Crafts,” which will be held Jan. 19 at the newly renovated Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

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Best of the City: The 12 best things Time Out L.A. editors saw, ate and visited in 2023

December 5, 2023 —

Best new old venue: Egyptian Theatre.

After a few dark years in the world of local screening rooms, there was finally some light for cinema-loving Angelenos thanks to the reopening of Vidiots, the Vista and—most marvelously—the Egyptian Theatre. Now under the ownership of Netflix but still largely programmed by the nonprofit American Cinematheque, the 101-year-old venue looks a little closer to its Old Hollywood days.

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After a ‘Disastrous’ ‘Goodfellas’ Screening, Producer Irwin Winkler Protected Scorsese’s Vision

December 4, 2023 —

As the American Cinematheque pays tribute to the “Rocky” and “Raging Bull” producer, Winkler and Scorsese reflect on their partnership.

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Post Mortem With Mick Garris Is Going Out In Style

November 28, 2023 —

As the end of the year draws ever closer, so does the eventual conclusion of the iconic horror podcast, Post Mortem With Mick Garris. While our hearts are heavy about the end of an era, we’re excited to celebrate seven years of Mick Garris with an incredible farewell event in partnership with the incredible folks at Beyond Fest and American Cinematheque.

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The best movie theaters in L.A. and what to see this week

November 24, 2023 —

[Mark Olsen] recently spoke to writer-director-producer James L Brooks for the 40th anniversary of TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, his debut feature as director that netted him three Oscars.

[…] Brooks mined that sad-funny tone further in his follow-up with BROADCAST NEWS.  It is a near-perfect film about deeply flawed people. As part of a celebration of Brooks’ career, the American Cinematheque will be showing BROADCAST NEWS on Friday and Saturday at the Los Feliz 3.

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How The Egyptian Theatre Helped Establish Hollywood

November 17, 2023 —

“To make this deal with Netflix and have it come back stronger than ever,” said Grant Moninger, the artistic director at the American Cinematheque, “it is a real blessing.”

Film fans can take heart in this fact: The programming slate at the Egyptian will offer more than Netflix films. As part of the deal with the streaming service, the American Cinematheque has a 100-year-lease to show films every weekend. Classic films like ALIENS and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA will be projected on 70mm, as well as some smaller art house movies.

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The Egyptian Theatre Has Finally Reopened. How It Helped Establish Hollywood

November 14, 2023 —

The historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood officially reopened its doors after a three-year closure and extensive renovation. It’s sale to Netflix in 2020 drew some criticism but moviegoers so far have been enthusiastic about it being able to sit in its seats once again to watch a film.

The theater has a long history in Los Angeles. When Sid Grauman first opened it in 1922 it helped establish Hollywood as a destination and the city as a place for the movies.

Additional Guests: Ross Melnick, theater historian who teaches film and media at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Grant Moninger, Artistic Director at the American Cinematheque

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Hollywood Flashback: The Egyptian Theatre Was First Reborn 25 Years Ago

November 12, 2023 —

More than a century after its first screening, the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is coming back to life following a restoration process that kept it dark for three years. But this isn’t the storied venue’s first makeover.

Sid Grauman’s homage to Egyptian culture debuted in 1922 and hosted the first Hollywood premiere in history, for Douglas Fairbanks’ Robin Hood. After the theater shut down in the early 1990s and was nearly destroyed by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, it was purchased for a dollar in 1996 by the nonprofit American Cinematheque.

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Cinema City: The Best Places to Enjoy Movies in Los Angeles

November 10, 2023 —

It can be far tougher than it once was to get a ticket to top events [at the American Cinematheque] where Larry Karaszewski and Paul Thomas Anderson lurk as regular moderators, but there’s an engaged membership unlike the organization has ever had before, encouraging regular attendance with series such as the cult haven of Cinematic Void and the black-and-white matinees Sunday Print Edition and creating the trust necessary to take a chance on films that one might otherwise shy away from. [Grant] Moninger recently promised rare nitrate prints at the Egyptian when it’s one of only a handful in the world that can project the flammable format, but now if anyone knows about handling something precious, it seems like it’s the Cinematheque.

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American Cinematheque Announces 70mm Titles for Reopening of Egypt

November 2, 2023 —

Clear your calendar, L.A. cinephiles! The American Cinematheque has announced the titles for its extraordinary 70mm festival taking place at the iconic Egyptian Theatre in the days after the movie palace reopens following a three-year restoration. Chief projectionist Ben Tucker will be in the booth along with American Cinematheque union projectionists when the theater reopens November 9 and after.

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American Cinematheque Announces Programming for Iconic Egyptian Theater

November 2, 2023 —

One of Los Angeles’s most revered film locations, the iconic Egyptian Theater, is all set to not only reclaim its place in Hollywood’s illustrious history as it was announced earlier this year, but American Cinematheque has also announced to kick things off with a 70mm film festival titled Ultra Cinematheque 70: Hollywood from November 10 to 21. This festival will feature rare 70mm presentations of classic and popular films.

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LA’s Iconic Egyptian Theatre Sets Reopening Date with ‘The Killer,’ ‘Maestro,’ and a 70mm Festival

October 18, 2023 —

The American Cinematheque will curate the Egyptian’s repertory offerings, including a 70mm festival titled “The American Cinematheque Presents: Ultra Cinematheque 70 Fest 2023” that’ll run from November 10 to November 21.

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Hollywood’s renovated Egyptian Theatre is finally reopening. Here’s a look inside.

October 18, 2023 —

L.A.’s beloved not-for-profit film organization revived the venue in the late ‘90s and has kept it stocked with double bills and top-talent conversations ever since—including going forward on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

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Movie News Egyptian Theatre to Reopen with Q&A and Screening of David Fincher's 'The Killer'

October 18, 2023 —

October 18 marks the 101st anniversary of the grand opening of the iconic Egyptian Theatre. To mark this historic milestone, Netflix and the American Cinematheque have joined forces to announce that, on Thursday, November 9, this venerable theater will come back to life with a special screening of David Fincher’s upcoming film, The Killer, which will be followed by a question and answer session with the acclaimed filmmaker.

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Egyptian Theatre announces its reopening date and first wave of programming

October 18, 2023 —

The Egyptian will host the American Cinematheque’s annual 70mm festival, Ultra Cinematheque 70 Fest, Nov. 10-21, featuring classics from the golden age of the wide, high-resolution format through its modern-day revival. That lineup will be announced on Oct. 24 with tickets available on the American Cinematheque’s website.

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Indie Box Office: 'Anatomy Of A Fall' Strong; 'Divinity' Debut

October 15, 2023 —

Divinity expands to LA next weekend for special 35mm screenings with the American Cinematheque before a national expansion Nov. 3.

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Events of the Week: ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,’ Beyond Fest and More

October 13, 2023 —

Guillermo del Toro attended a Beyond Fest screening and Q&A, in partnership with the American Cinematheque, for Pacific Rim on Saturday… Nicolas Cage attended a Beyond Fest screening and Q&A, in partnership with the American Cinematheque, for Dream Scenario on Tuesday.

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Beyond Fest Beckons with Weird and Wonderful Screenings

October 6, 2023 —

The American Cinematheque and NEON-backed ‘Beyond Fest’ is the highest-attended film event of its kind in the U.S. and its line-ups –both on screen and off– are the reason, with discussions, panels and more. From the opening night premiere of Gareth Edwards’ The Creator to a celebration of Roger Corman and the controversial “ultimate” cut of Caligula, to appearances by legends Michael Mann and James Cameron, the fest has been showcasing impressive line-ups, and this year’s have been bigger than ever.

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