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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: BAKSHI: Jon M. Gibson, Dennis Bartok and Chris D with the special assistance of Victoria Bakshi Yudis.


Special Thanks to: Amy Lewin/ PARAMOUNT REPERTORY; John Kirk, Latanya Taylor and Irene Ramos/MGM-UA; Saul Zaentz and Nancy Eichler/THE SAUL ZAENTZ CO.; Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Anne Goodman/CRITERION PICTURES; XENON FILMS; Office of Albert Ruddy.



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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(Egyptian 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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<<< May 2005 >>>

Special Events in May:

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. Some events will repeat at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.



May 1, 2005 at the Aero Theatre

Presented in conjunction with ASIFA-Hollywood (International Animated Film Society) and Golden Apple Comics.

These and additional films will play April 29 – May 1, 2005 at the Egyptian Theatre

Blasted into public consciousness — and controversy — by the first X-rated cartoon, FRITZ THE CAT, legendary writer/director/producer Ralph Bakshi’s career in animation spans an astounding 50 years. Highlights of the series THE LORD OF THE RINGS & WIZARDS are his own personal prints and are rarely seen. A selection of Bakshi rarities and a long-lost series of Coca-Cola commercials.

As part of our ongoing "Animation A-Go-Go!" Series, this three-night tribute celebrates the films that solidified Bakshi’s stake in animation history while digging up rarities from his personal collection that have rarely—if ever—been viewed publicly. Retailer Golden Apple Comics will be on-site at the Egyptian for this special Bakshi event. Details on the web The series is highlighted by screenings of Bakshi’s personal prints of LORD OF THE RINGS (1978) and WIZARDS, which rarely, if ever screened; as well as a selection of rareties including the World Premiere of an unseen Bakshi short, plus a long-lost series of 1960s Coca-Cola commercials made by Bakshi and Peter Max.

He started as a cel polisher at Terrytoons Animation Studio, and rose to the rank of creative director by the age of 28. That led to headlining directorial gigs for decades to come: theatricals for Paramount; translating Spider-Man from comic book panels to the small screen; opening his own production house, Ralph’s Spot, for shorts and commercials; and eventually colliding head-on with the world of features. COONSKIN, HEAVY TRAFFIC, WIZARDS, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, AMERICAN POP, FIRE & ICE and a slew of others led up to his re-invention of Saturday morning cartoons with "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse," a show that proved to be a precursor for irreverent fare like "The Ren & Stimpy Show." And after a fierce yet legendary career in animation, Bakshi has since found solace with his paintbrush. His work can be viewed at

As part of our ongoing "Animation A-Go-Go!" Series, this three-night tribute celebrates the films that solidified Bakshi’s stake in animation history while digging up rarities from his personal collection that have rarely—if ever—been viewed publicly. We’re thrilled to welcome Ralph Bakshi to the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for the first major Los Angeles retrospective of his work!!


Sunday, May 1 – 5:00 PM

Double Feature:

FRITZ THE CAT, 1972, MGM/UA, 78 min. Dir. Ralph Bakshi. Slapped with the first X-rating for an animated feature, FRITZ charts the odyssey of a drop-out tom-cat through 60’s over-indulgence — humping, hash, hippies, and Hell’s Angels — as writer R. Crumb originally chronicled it in his comics.

WIZARDS, 1977, 20th Century Fox/Criterion, 82 min. Dir. Ralph Bakshi. A post-apocalyptic vision like none before, where twin wizards — the wicked Blackwolf and the good-hearted Avatar — battle for rule over an epic, fantasy wasteland. This is rarely, if ever screened – we’ll be showing Bakshi’s personal print of the film, so don’t miss it!! Discussion between films with director Ralph Bakshi, moderated by Jon M. Gibson.

>> FRITZ THE CAT also playing at the Egyptian on April 29.

>> WIZARDS also playing at the Egyptian on April 30.



Thursday, May 5 – 7:30 PM

In 70 mm! LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Columbia, 216 min. The beautiful, near-godlike Peter O’Toole stars as the tortured, Man Who Would Not Be King in director David Lean’s absolute masterpiece – as close to perfect as a film can get. Featuring one of the finest casts in any motion picture: Omar Sharif (in his first major English-speaking role), Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec Guinness as Prince Feisal. D.P. Freddie Young’s 70 mm. photography is rightly considered to be a work of genius, matched by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson’s screenplay, Maurice Jarre’s stirring score and John Box’s production design. Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. "When you’re in the desert, you look into infinity … It makes you feel terribly small, and also in a strange way, quite big." – David Lean.

Thursday, May 5 – 7.30 PM

Friday, May 6 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 7 – 2:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Sunday, May 8 – 4:00 PM

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!



Friday, May 13 –7:30 PM

Movies Not On Video!

CISCO PIKE, 1972, Columbia, 94 min. Dir. Bill Norton. One of the greatest "lost" films of the 1970’s: has-been folk-rock star Kris Kristofferson tries to put his drug-dealing days behind him so he can get back to his music roots – but corrupt cop Gene Hackman blackmails him into selling a hundred stolen kilos of marijuana over one weekend. Both fast-moving modern noir and a perceptive look at a songwriter with integrity trying to survive on the pop mainstream fringe. With Harry Dean Stanton, Karen Black, Viva, and views of a since-disappeared L.A. you’ll never see again.

>>Also playing at the Egyptian May 14.