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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: 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.
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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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<<< 2005 >>>

Family Matinees!



Sunday, May 1 – 2:00 PM

Family Matinee – Bring the Children!

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, 1971, Warner Bros., 100 min. Dir. Mel Stuart. "Come with me, and you’ll be in a World of Pure Imagination," croons mysterious pied piper Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) in this truly wondrous musical adaptation of writer Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, as the five lucky holders of the Golden Tickets (Veruca Salt! Augustus Gloop! Charlie Bucket!, Mike TeeVee and Violet Beauregarde) and their parents venture inside the enchanted Wonka Chocolate Factory. Glorious, candy-colored direction by Mel Stuart, matched by the irridescent score by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley (DR. DOLITTLE). With Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear. Get your own "Golden Ticket" (redeemable at the Aero Theatre box office) when you shop at Di Dio’s Italian Ices (and Candy Store) starting April 15th (while supplies last). Di Dio’s is located at 1305 Montana Avenue across the street from the Aero.

Come early and you might go home with a poster from the new Warner Bros.' film CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY! Buy A Wonka Chocolate Bar at the screening, for a chance to win a prize! Sorry, but we won't have any Everlasting Gobstoppers -- they are still being tested!

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!



Saturday, May 14 – 2:00 PM

Family Matinee – Bring the Children!

THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939, MGM (Warner Bros.), 101 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime, candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s favorite, one of the most beloved film classics of all time. Take a surreal stroll down the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she encounters the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), Glinda, the Good Witch (Billie Burke) and the Wicked Witch Of The West (Margaret Hamilton). With the amazing Frank Morgan doing multiple duties in a variety of roles, including the Wizard. Song "Over The Rainbow" was an Oscar winner. Watch out for the Flying Monkeys! Join us for a reading of Oz stories Celebrating author L. Frank Baum’s Birthday at Every Picture Tells a Story (1311 Montana Ave.) followed by a WIZARD OF OZ costume contest at the Aero.

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!



Sunday, May 22 – 2 PM

Family Matinee - Bring the Children!

CAPTAIN BLOOD, 1935, Warner Bros., 119 min. Director Michael Curtiz directs one of the best swashbucklers ever made and also the film that made Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland stars in the process. Dr. Peter Blood (Flynn), a man unjustly convicted of treason, is exiled to Port Royal, sold into slavery and bought by the lovely Lady Arabella (de Havilland). He and fellow convicts manage to escape, take over a Spanish galleon … and pirate Captain Blood is born!! Lionel Atwill and villainous Basil Rathbone are standouts in the exceptional supporting cast.

Join us for a reading of Pirate Stories at Every Picture Tells A Story (1311 Montana Ave.) at 1 PM.

Swashbucklers from Film Fighting LA will present a demonstration of pirate sword fighting (in the theatre) prior to the film. On Guard, Matey!

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!



Sunday May, 29 – 2:00 PM

Family Matinee - Bring the Children!

DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 1959, 20th Century Fox, 171 min. Dir. George Stevens. Adapted from the diary of 13-year-old Anne Frank, recounting the real-life story of a Jewish family that went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland. One of many families that went underground during WWII, the Franks hid in an attic above a spice business, accompanied by a neighboring family - the Van Daans - and another man named Mr. Dussell. Anne (played here by Millie Perkins in a lovely, unguarded performance) began to write in her diary, describing her experience of living in concealment. An important, moving and true story that families should watch together. Director George Stevens received an Oscar nomination, and the film won Academy Awards for black-and-white Art Direction & Cinematography.

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!




Sunday, June 5 – 2:00 PM

Family Matinee - Bring the Children! Jr. Astronauts & Aliens Welcome!

DESTINATION MOON, 1950, Wade Williams, 91 min. Dir. Irving Pichel. Producer George Pal’s rarely-screened classic helped usher in the sci-fi boom of the 1950’s, and featured amazingly realistic depictions (for the time) of manned space flight and lunar landing, aided by German rocket expert Hermann Oberth (who worked on Fritz Lang’s similarly futuristic DIE FRAU IM MOND in 1929!) Starring John Archer (WHITE HEAT), Warner Anderson and Tom Powers. Academy Award winner for Best Special Effects. Real life legendary Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will introduce the screening.

Join us for a reading of outer space stories with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin at Every Picture Tells a Story at 1:00 PM.




Sunday, June 12 – 2:00 PM

Family Matinee – Bring the Children!

BATMAN, 1966, 20th Century Fox/Criterion, 105 min. Dir. Leslie Martinson. The 1960’s "Batman" TV show was so successful it spawned this feature length version, bringing to the big screen more tongue-in-cheek, Pop Art-styled antics from Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) as they battle a villainous alliance of The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and The Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). Join us for this live-action comic book extravaganza!! Discussion following with actress Lee Meriwether (Catwoman) (schedule permitting).

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!



Sunday, June 19 – 2:00 PM

Family Matinee – Bring The Children!!

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, 1968, MGM/UA, 142 min. Dir. Ken Hughes. In honor of Father’s Day take in this fantastical musical adventure story, adapted from the book by James Bond author Ian Fleming. Widowed father and eccentric inventor Caracatus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) transforms a broken-down old car into a flying machine - to the delight of his children (Heather Ripley & Adrian Hall), and the envy of the tantrum-prone Vulgarian king (Gert Frobe, who played "Goldfinger" in the 007 film), who has outlawed children in his kingdom. The Potts family with candy factory heiress Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), head to the kingdom to save the day! With a lovely score by the MARY POPPINS team of Richard and Robert Sherman! A short puppet show by puppeteer Steve Meltzer of the Santa Monica Puppetry Center ( will precede the screening followed by an introduction by legendary composer Richard Sherman.



Saturday, July 9 - 2:00 PM       

OLIVER! 1968, Columbia, 153 min. Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN) directs this larger-than-life musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian era tale (Oliver Twist) of an orphan boy (Mark Lester) who runs away to London where he is taken in by elderly mentor Fagin (Ron Moody), head of a pick-pocket ring of ragamuffin boys (including the charasmatic Artful Dodger, played by Jack Wild, who went on to star in Sid & Marty Krofft’s “H.R. Pufnstuf”). The late, great Oliver Reed is terrifying as ruthless criminal Bill Sykes. Winner of 6 Oscars, including Best Picture and Director. Songs from Lionel Bart’s original stage production include “Food, Glorious Food,” “You’ve Got to Pick A Pocket Or Two,” and many others. Brighten the day of a child or teen living at the Hollygrove Group Home, by bringing a donation to today’s screening. They would appreciate used CD’s, DVD’s, Kid’s Magazines or a New Lego or Craft Kit.


July 15 - 17

To celebrate the release of the new book Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince on July 16, please join us for all three of the Harry Potter movies Harry Potter candy, a magic show, a book release party, a marketplace of Wizardly wares courtesy of Whimsic Alley ( - and prizes! Come in costume and bring your favorite spell! Great fun for Wizards & Muggles of all ages!

Friday, July 15 - 8:00 PM        
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, 2001, Warner Bros. 152 min. Dir. Chris Columbus. On our hero's 11th birthday, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) discovers he is a wizard, then leaves his aunt and uncle for the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But he soon must face his deepest fear, in the form of "He Who Must Not Be Named" - !! With Rupert Gint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman. Party following at Every Picture Tells A Story (1311 Montana Avenue). The new book Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince, will be available at midnight at the bookstore!!

Saturday, July 16 - 7:30 PM   
, 2002, Warner Bros. 161 min. Dir. Chris Columbus. The adventures of Harry Potter continue! Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his second year at Hogwarts, despite an ominous warning from an elf named Dobby that an imminent threat awaits him. Kenneth Branagh joins the cast as the delightfully pompous Gilderoy Lockhart. With Rupert Gint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman.

Sunday, July 17 -- 5:00 PM   
, 2004, Warner Bros., 141 min. Dir. Alfonso Cuaron. In their third year at Hogwarts, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron and Hermione not only face the usual teen struggles with their transition into adolescence, but they are threatened by the sinister Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), who has just escaped from Azkaban Prison. Wonderful performances by Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, plus newcomers David Thewlis, Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon. Zachary Koretz, member of the Magic Castle, Hollywood, will mystify, amaze and astonish you before the screening. Don't miss his dazzling display of magic.


Saturday, September 10 – 2:00 PM

Family Matinee – Bring the Kids!

CHARLOTTE'S WEB, 1973, Paramount, 94 min. "Some Pig!!" Dirs. Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamoto. Adapted from E.B. White’s classic children’s book, CHARLOTTE’S WEB is the story of a barnyard spider who crafts an ingenious plan to save her friend Wilbur the Pig from the sausage factory. Beautifully animated from start to finish, with a terrific cast of voice actors including Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson and the unforgettable Paul Lynde as Templeton the Rat. With a lovely score by the legendary songwriting team of Richard and Robert Sherman (MARY POPPINS).



Sunday, October 30 – 2:00 PM

Family Matinee

PRINCESS BRIDE, 1987, 20th Century Fox, 98 min. Dir. Rob Reiner. This adaptation of William Goldman’s wonderful, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale stars Cary Elwes as the dashing Westley, who is forced to fight off the villainous Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and Count Tyron (Christopher Guest, from SPINAL TAP) to save his beloved princess, Buttercup (Robin Wright). A sheer delight from beginning to end, featuring marvelous sets (courtesy of production designer Norman Garwood) and high-spirited supporting performances by Billy Crystal (as Miracle Max), Carol Kane, Peter Falk and Andre the Giant.