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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

Click to print Page 1 or Page 2 or Full Text of a Nov./Dec. Calendar!
Series Compiled by: Martina Palaskov-Begov, Jeff Joseph, Gwen Deglise and Chris D.


Special Thanks to:

Bob Hoffman and Tiffany ; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROTHERS CLASSICS; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Nanine Funiciello and Elizabeth Nock/ELEGANT FILMS; Amy Lewin & Tracy Cargile/PARAMOUNT REPERTORY.


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
Contact Us
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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<<< December 9 - 11, 2005 >>>

Technicolor's 90th Anniversary: A Tribute to Dye-Transfer Printing

The American Cinematheque and SabuCat Productions, in conjunction with Technicolor, present:


Additional Screenings in this Series will take place Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 11 at the Egyptian Theatre

When Dr. Herbert Kalmus and his team of scientists and technicians invented Technicolor in 1915, they changed cinema forever. There had certainly been color moving images since almost the beginning of cinema, but only very labor intensive (and not particularly accurate) color renditions had been available. That all changed, first with "2 color" printing, and finally, dye-transfer printing of all three colors, in which the three color records are "soaked into" on one strip of film – "dye imbibition". The term "Glorious Technicolor" was coined for this, and as the examples in this festival show, the colors, so bright and vivid, almost bounce off the giant movie screen.

Dye transfer printing had the added advantage of not fading, and we'll be running 35mm prints of most of these films from their original issues. The festival will include such rarely screened classics as THE MUSIC MAN (in 4-track mag stereo), THE JOLSON STORY and COBRA WOMAN (original nitrate prints), EL CID, FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, and numerous others. Also be sure to join us for "The Archive Experts Seminar," and hear anecdotes and fascinating information from the major studios’ leading archivists and film preservationists regarding their experiences with Technicolor.

Original dye-transfer prints (in superb, runnable condition) are becoming scarcer every year. Many of the prints that will be presented are over 50 years old. Try not to miss this "Last Technicolor Picture Show" - most of these prints will never be publicly screened again. We are very excited to welcome in-person guest, legendary British cinematographer, Jack Cardiff for a screening of THE AFRICAN QUEEN (at The Egyptian Theatre only.)




Friday, December 9 - 7:30 PM

THE AFRICAN QUEEN, 1951, Paramount, 105 min. Dir. John Huston. Gin-soaked captain Humphrey Bogart decides to take pity on skinny, psalm-singin-g spinster Katharine Hepburn after her brother is killed in a German attack during WWI – and instead, winds up falling in love, and ferrying her downriver to launch a suicidal assault on a German warship! Brilliantly adapted from the C.S. Forester novel by Huston and James Agee (with uncredited help from Peter Viertel, whose novel White Hunter, Black Heart was inspired by his time in Africa during filming), and photographed by legendary British cinematographer, Jack Cardiff.

>> Also showing at The Egyptian Theatre, December 3.



Saturday December 10 - 2:00 PM

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, 1938, Warner Bros., 103 min. Dirs. Michael Curtiz & William Keighley. Comparable to opening a gilded storybook in what is commonly acknowledged as one of the most beautiful, spectacular early Technicolor films. Swashbuckling Errol Flynn ("Welcome to Sherwood-!!") rescues lovely Olivia de Havilland from the evil clutches of Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone in a rousing adventure for the ages.

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!



Saturday December 10 - 7:30 PM

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, 1952, Paramount, 153 min. Cecil B. de Mille’s wildly entertaining big-top spectacle stars Charlton Heston as a tight-lipped, two-fisted circus foreman pursued by lonely acrobat Betty Hutton and slinky elephant trainer Gloria Grahame, while trying to contend with train wrecks, clowns on the lam and more. "I can’t say what would’ve happened if GREATEST SHOW hadn’t come when it did, but that secured my place as an important performer long enough for me to get a few turns at bat." – Heston.

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!



Sunday, December 11 – 5:00 PM

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, 1956, Paramount, 220 min. "Let his name be stricken from every pillar and obelisk!," orders imperious pharaoh Yul Brynner, as favored son-turned-religious rebel Heston prepares to lead his people from bondage in Egypt. Cecil B. De Mille’s glorious remake of his earlier 1923 TEN COMMANDMENTS emphasized the colossal spectacle of the Biblical epic, but never downplayed the tremendous human emotions at the core of the story. Look for Heston’s three-month old, son Fraser as the baby Moses in the bulrushes. Actresses Lisa Mitchell & Paula Morgan will appear for discussion following the film.

An Aero Theatre Exclusive!