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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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Series compiled by: Dennis Bartok.


Special Thanks to: LUCAS FILM; Bruce Snyder/20th CENTURY FOX; John Kirk, Irene Ramos and Latanya Taylor/MGM-UA; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL DISTRIBUTION; Amy Lewin/PARAMOUNT REPERTORY; IFC FILMS.


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.

All guests are subject to availability. The Cinematheque will offer a refund due to guest cancellations only IF the refund transaction is complete PRIOR to the start of the show.



Tickets are $9 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 newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< April 8 - 24, 2005 >>>

It Was 25 Years Ago... The Films of 1980

Some of these film, and others will screen at the Egyptian April 15 - 17, 2005.

To many looking back, the year 1980 signaled not only the end of the 70’s – a decade that saw Watergate, the end of the Vietnam War, the birth of punk and disco - but also the finish of the turbulent, brilliant creative decade that’s come to be known as The New Hollywood. So the question is: was 1980 the nail in the coffin of possibly the greatest period in Hollywood history – or was it a crossroads, when the movie industry began to split into two distinct but related camps, the Blockbuster and the Independent film? At the quarter century mark, it’s a good time to take a closer look at a watershed year that saw mainstream Hollywood in full force with mega-hit comedies (THE BLUES BROTHERS), horror films (FRIDAY THE 13th) and a terrific, much-anticipated sequel (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) to one of the most successful films of all time. At the other end of the spectrum, 1980 also fostered the nascent American indie film scene in movies such as director John Sayles THE RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS 7 and Jonathan Demme’s wildly offbeat MELVIN AND HOWARD. And before anyone says the creative explosion of the New Hollywood had died out, there’s Martin Scorsese’s towering masterpiece RAGING BULL and David Lynch’s eerie, heartbreaking THE ELEPHANT MAN.


Thursday, April 28 - 7:30 PM

RAGING BULL, 1980, MGM/UA, 128 min. Widely regarded as one of the finest American movies of the past 25 years, director Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece is a stunning B&W portrait of prizefighter Jake La Motta (Robert DeNiro) and his harrowing, destructive bouts in and out of the ring. Winner of Academy Awards for Best Actor (DeNiro) and Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker). With Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci.

>> Also playing at the Egyptian on April 14.


Friday, April 29 - 7:30 PM

STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, 1980, 20th Century Fox/LucasFilm, 127 min. Dir. Irvin Kershner. Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams, with the voices of Frank Oz and James Earl Jones. George Lucas’s action-packed (and surprisingly moving) sequel to the original STAR WARS is everything a great sci-fi/adventure film should be, filled with astounding set pieces (the battle on the ice planet Hoth, the Cloud City), rich and wonderful characters (look at Han Solo and Princess Leia’s ongoing romance, Luke and Darth Vader’s climactic light saber duel). And don’t forget one of the oddest heroes in all moviedom: 3-foot high Jedi Master, Yoda! This film originally played at the Egyptian when it was released 25 years ago!

>> Also playing at the Egyptian on April 15.


Saturday, April 30 - 5:30 PM

MELVIN AND HOWARD, 1980, Universal, 95 min. Director Jonathan Demme created one of his most enduring, rewarding films in this warmly funny sleeper, a hymn to independent dreamers everywhere. Paul LeMat is perfect as Melvin Dummar, a hapless average Joe who unknowingly gives a ride to the elderly Howard Hughes (Jason Robards) in the nocturnal Nevada desert and finds he may be the heir to Hughes’ vast fortune as a consequence. Mary Steenburgen, priceless as Melvin’s lovable, slightly daft spouse, won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Bo Goldman also won an Oscar for Best Screenplay. With a sterling cast that includes Michael J. Pollard, Jack Kehoe, Gloria Grahame.

>> Also playing at the Egyptian on April 17.


Saturday, April 30 - 8:00 PM

New 35 mm print! ELEPHANT MAN, 1980, Paramount, 122 min. Based on two books about the real-life Elephant Man, John Merrick, director David Lynch recounts this severely deformed man’s perilous life in Victorian England in breathtaking black and white. Sir Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), rescues Merrick from a circus freak show where he is assumed to be retarded, takes him to a hospital for tests, and discovers that Merrick, in fact, has great intellect and capacity for emotion. John Hurt’s ability to project Merrick’s humanity earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination, along with the film’s seven other nominations including Best Picture, and Best Director. Lynch’s use of costumes,

makeup, Freddie Francis’ cinematography, and John Morris’ score remain commendably understated, allowing the sadness of the film to avoid sentimentalism. With Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller. "Elephant Man has the power and some of the dream logic of a silent film, yet there are also wrenching, pulsating sounds--the hissing steam and the pounding of the start of the industrial age. It's Dickensian London, with perhaps a glimpse of the process that gave rise to Cubism."— Pauline Kael. Our enormous thanks to Paramount Pictures for striking a new 35 mm. print of the film for this screening!

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!