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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 programmed by: Dennis Bartok, Gwen Deglise.


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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.

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.
(Aero by series)
(Aero by 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 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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<<< January 2005 >>>

Special Events in January:

Please check this page before coming to the theatre to make sure that scheduled events will take place as planned. Tickets are only available at the door, the day of an event.

Thursday, January 6 - 7:30 PM

A Houston, Texas native, actor Dennis Quaid launched his acting career in high school and debuted with the role of a small-town boy in James Bridges’ 9/30/55 (1977). Quaid gained his first notice in the coming-of-age drama Peter Yates’ BREAKING AWAY (1979), and his first big break as the astronaut Gordon Cooper in Philip Kaufman’s THE RIGHT STUFF (1983). Since then he has proven one of the most charismatic actors working, assaying diverse roles from sleazy lawyer Arnie Metzger in Steven Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC to closet homosexual Frank in Todd Haynes’ FAR FROM HEAVEN .

IN GOOD COMPANY, 2005, Universal, 109 min. The latest from Paul Weitz, the director of ABOUT A BOY, is an insightful comedy about the relationship between a 50-year-old businessman and his new 26-year-old boss. Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) is demoted from head of ad sales for a major magazine when the company he works for is acquired in a corporate takeover. His new boss, Carter Duryea (Topher Grace), is a business school prodigy half his age, and Dan and Carter's uneasy new relationship is thrown into jeopardy when Carter falls for Dan's daughter Alex (Scarlett Johansson). A humorous and tender examination of life's ironies and coincidences. Discussion following with director Paul Weitz. The previously scheduled appearance by actor Dennis Quaid has been cancelled due to a schedule conflict.


Friday, January 7 – 7:30 PM

Jeremy Irons Tribute

Double Feature: THE MISSION, 1986, Warner Bros., 125 min. Dir. Roland Joffe. Visually and dramatically magnificent 18th century epic of a Jesuit missionary (Jeremy Irons) who first clashes, then bonds with a murderous former slave-trader (Robert De Niro) to try to save a remote religious outpost in the Brazilian jungle. Superb script by Robert Bolt (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA), with one of composer Ennio Morricone’s finest scores.

DEAD RINGERS, 1988, Morgan Creek, 115 min. Jeremy Irons turns in a stupendous pair of performances as twin gynecologists sinking in a swirling miasma of fraternal sexual jealousy, prescription drugs and junk food, in one of director David Cronenberg’s most disturbingly twisted and sharply executed thrillers. Astoundingly enough, another daring picture based on fact. With Genevieve Bujold. Discussion between films with actor Jeremy Irons.


Sunday, January 9 – 5:00 PM

Annette Bening Tribute

Annette Bening shows great versatility in both comic and dramatic roles, whether it be on screen or on stage. With her first starring role she portrayed the manipulative, seductive Marquise de Merteuil in Milos Forman's VALMONT, excelled as a ditsy wanna-be actress in Mike Nichols' POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE and delivered a brilliant portrayal as the treacherous con-artist Myra Langtry in Stephen Frears' THE GRIFTERS, for which she earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She gained further acclaim in movies such as REGARDING HENRY, GUILTY BY SUSPICION, BUGSY and the highly acclaimed AMERICAN BEAUTY, for which she won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award and an Academy Award nomination Her most recent screen appearance prior to BEING JULIA was in the western OPEN RANGE opposite Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. In the spring of 2005, she will be seen in the HBO film MRS. HARRIS.

Double Feature: BEING JULIA, 2004, Sony Pictures Classics, 105 min. Based on W. Somerset Maugham’s "Theatre," director Istvan Szabo’s intoxicating combination of wicked comedy and smart drama. In London in 1938, beautiful and beguiling actress Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) is at her peak, physically and professionally, but her successful theatrical career and her marriage to handsome impresario Michael Gosselyn (Jeremy Irons) have become stale and unfulfilling.  Longing for novelty and excitement, Julia embarks on a passionate affair with younger Tom Fennell (Shaun Evans).

70 mm print! VALMONT, 1989, MGM/UA, 137 min. Director Milos Forman’s stingingly sharp and tragically poignant adaptation of the 18th century classic novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Annette Bening is a standout as the too-cynical and-coldhearted-for-her-own-good Marquise de Merteuil and Colin Firth superb as the Vicomte de Valmont, a worldly decadent shattered when he realizes he actually has a heart capable of breaking. Meg Tilly is touchingly memorable as vulnerable Madame de Tourvel, the young woman they inadvertently destroy. Discussion between films with actress Annette Bening.


Tuesday, January 11 – 7:30 PM

Thomas Haden Church will not be able to appear as was previously announced. The film will still be shown and additional guests will announced as they are confirmed.

Best known for his role as Lowell Mather on the popular series "Wings" and as Ned Dorsey in the series "Ned and Stacy," Thomas Haden Church starred-in, among other films, the blockbuster hit GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, and 3,000 MILES TO GRACELAND, with Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner. Last year, Church made his directorial debut on ROLLING KANSAS, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

SIDEWAYS, 2004, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 123 min. Writer-director Alexander Payne's fourth feature film (following CITIZEN RUTH, ELECTION and ABOUT SCHMIDT) starts with two old friends setting off on a wine-tasting road trip . . . only to veer dizzily SIDEWAYS into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love and friendship, the damnable persistence of loneliness and dreams and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet. Thomas Haden Church plays Jack, a womanizer who is about to be married. Best friend/wine lover Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his buddy on a tour of the wine country as a last hurrah before Jack ties the knot. The two buddies soon find themselves caught in a heady mix of wine and woman, with Jack's upcoming nuptials fast approaching.


Sunday, January 16 – 4:00 PM

Ray Harryhausen Tribute

An Afternoon with Ray Harryhausen In Person!

Please join us for a special two days visit for the first time to the Aero Theatre from one of the Egyptian Theatre favorite guests, visual F/X legend Ray Harryhausen, featuring two of his classic films, plus more rarities from the Harryhausen archives!!

Children's Matinee: Double Feature: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, 1961, Columbia, 101 min. Based on Jules Verne's sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea," MYSTERIOUS ISLAND follows a group of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War who escape using an enemy balloon, only to find themselves blown off course to a remote island, populated by monstrous creatures and the enigmatic Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom) himself! Directed by Cy Endfield (ZULU, TRY AND GET ME) in a rare fantasy outing, with a superb score by maestro Bernard Herrmann. With Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill.

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, 1963, Columbia, 104 min. Dir. Don Chaffey. Hercules, harpies, the bronze giant Talos and an army of living skeletons – what more could you ask for?! Heroic Greek warrior Jason (Todd Armstrong) travels to the farthest ends of the earth in search of the legendary Golden Fleece, in this glorious adventure featuring some of Ray Harryhausen’s most memorable visual effects, along with music by Bernard Herrmann. Co-starring Nancy Kovack, Laurence Naismith, Nigel Green. Discussion between films with visual F/X legend Ray Harryhausen and actor Michael Callan (THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND).

Ray Harryhausen will appear at 3:00 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story to sign copies of his new book "Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life."


Thursday, January 20 – 7:30 PM

Rosemount Australian Film and Style Festival.

Australia Week 2005 -G'Day LA - a celebration of art, commerce, culture, and history, showcasing all things Australian, from food and wine, to film, the arts, the lifestyle, the indigenous culture and tourism. For more information visit:

SOMERSAULT, 2004, 106 min. 16-year-old Heidi (Abbie Cornish) runs away from her Canberra home after seducing her mother's boyfriend. Forced to fend for herself and still a child-at-heart, she lands in Jindabayne in the snowy mountains of New South Wales. Bewitched by the startling beauty of the gray lake and falling snow, she begins to create a new life for herself. When she falls for Joe (Sam Worthington), the son of a wealthy local farmer, her self-destructive desires surface, and her world threatens to come tumbling down. The sparkling musical score, the palette of blue and red and the fast editing all beautifully reflect Heidi's stormy frame of mind. This stunningly poetic film from first time director Cat Shortland made a clean sweep at the Australian Film Institute awards in 2004 winning in all 13 film categories – for the first time in the award's history. Discussion following with actress Abbie Cornish - to be confirmed.