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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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Festival Produced by: Dennis Bartok, Chris D. and Martin Lewis.

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Special Thanks to: Amy Lewin and Barry Allen/PARAMOUNT REPERTORY; John Kirk, Irene Ramos and Latanya Taylor/MGM-UA; Nanine Funiciello/MIRAMAX FILMS; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS. CLASSICS; Schawn Belston/20th CENTURY FOX; Mike Schlesinger and Grover Crisp/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL DISTRIBUTION; Micki Sackler/FOX MOVIE CHANNEL; Julie Pearce/NATIONAL FILM THEATRE, London.


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)
(Egyptian by series)
(Egyptian by date)
24-Hour Information: 323.466.FILM
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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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<<< July 7 - 10, 2005 >>>

Mods & Rockers: The Return of Groovy Movies From The Shagadelic 60's!


This series is also at the Egyptian
July 5 - 17, 2005.

"Are you a Mod or a Rocker?" a female reporter quizzed Beatle Ringo Starr in A HARD DAY’S NIGHT. His famous response – "I’m a Mocker" – neatly summed up the cocky, carefree spirit of the 1960’s, when every teenager with pegged pants and a shag (haircut, that is) started his weekend with "Ready, Steady, Go!" and droves of dollybirds in Twiggy/Suzy Kendall gear roamed the swinging streets of London. After a one-year hiatus – which gave us time to dig up even MORE swinging classics and rarities -- our Annual Mods & Rockers Film Festival is back in all its day-glo glory for its 6th edition!! This year’s Fest features a three-film mini-tribute to one of the mod-est actors of the 60’s, John Phillip Law, kicking off with Mario Bava’s irresistible DANGER: DIABOLIK in an ultra-rare 35 mm. print, and continuing with screenings of the sci-fi classic BARBARELLA and THE LOVE MACHINE (which also shows as part of our tribute to author Jacqueline Susann, along with a brand-new print of THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.) Other highlights include a special "Ringo’s 65th Birthday" screening of perhaps the single greatest Mods & Rockers movie, A HARD DAY’S NIGHT starring The Beatles, plus the James Bond/007 classic GOLDFINGER, the Director’s Cut of the landmark concert doc WOODSTOCK, and a bevy of groovy 60’s nuggets that haven’t seen a projector in many years, including THE MILLION EYES OF SUMURU, ANGEL ANGEL DOWN WE GO and the wonderfully-titled Anthony Newley magnum opus CAN HIERONYMUS MERKIN EVER FORGET MERCY HUMPPE AND FIND TRUE HAPPINESS?




Friday, July 8 – 7:30 PM

Special Screening – Celebrating Ringo Starr’s 65th Birthday!!

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, 1964, Miramax, 85 min. Director Richard Lester's brilliant, carefree comedy set the tone for the rest of the 1960's and captured The Beatles at their best, clowning (as one respected reviewer said) like the new Marx Bros. From Lester's restless, handheld camerawork to writer Alun Owen's surreal day-in-the-life script and George Martin's sprightly score (both Oscar-nominated) to the Beatles themselves - exuberantly singing "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You" and ten other Beatles classics -- this is the essence of the Sixties.

>> Also screening at the Egyptian on July 9.



Saturday, July 9 – 6:00 PM

Double Feature:

New 35 mm. Print! VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, 1967, 20th Century Fox, 123 min. Dir. Mark Robson. "You know it’s bad to take liquor with those pills," warns small-town-girl turned super-model Anne (Barbara Parkins) to Broadway diva/train wreck Neely (Patty Duke). Neely’s answer: "They work faster." If you want to see the great, bitchy, booze/angst/sex/drugs-fueled godmother to "Desperate Housewives" – you’ve come to the right place!! Based on author Jacqueline Susann’s runaway best-seller – which practically created a cottage industry in glossy, sex-drenched soap operas on page and screen – VALLEY also co-stars the tragically beautiful Sharon Tate as B-movie queen Jennifer. Our enormous thanks to our friends at 20th Century Fox for striking a new print of this 60’s classic!! >> Also screening at the Egyptian on July 16.

BLOW UP, 1966, MGM (Warners), 111 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. In-demand fashion photographer David Hemmings shags half the models in London – before running into enigmatic beauty Vanessa Redgrave, who only wants a certain roll of film from him. A riddle within a riddle, Antonioni’s most famous film has often been imitated (De Palma’s BLOW-OUT, Greenaway’s THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT) – but never equaled. Look for a young Jane Birkin in one of her first film appearances – and for The Yardbirds mimicking the Who’s penchant for auto-destruction in the film’s frenzied nightclub scene!!

An Aero Exclusive!



Sunday, July 10 – 6:00 PM

GOLDFINGER, 1964, MGM/UA, 111 min. Dir. Guy Hamilton. "Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die …" cackles homicidal villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), as he prepares to re-arrange 007’s secret equipment with a laser beam, in what is widely considered to be the best of the classic Sean Connery Bond pictures and high point in 60’s pop culture (dig the Aston Martin! the Shirley Bassey-sung theme song!) Co-starring the saucy Honor Blackman as Bond’s nemesis-turned-partner Pussy Galore, with Shirley Eaton as the gold-painted girl, Harold Sakata as mute assassin Oddjob, and the venerable home office team of Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn. Terrific production design by series veteran Ken Adam. The film’s mod zeitgeist credentials are underscored by Bond’s priceless observation: "Drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit? That’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs …"

>> Also showing at the Egyptian on July 8.