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Series programmed by: Dennis Bartok, Gwen Deglise, Chris D.


Alternative Screen Coordinated by:
Margot Gerber & Bernadette DeJoya.

Special Thanks to:



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.



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Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling.

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Special Events in February:



Monday, February 7 – 7:30 PM

Special Sneak Preview Screening!!


The groundbreaking Internet website Ain’t It Cool News and the American Cinematheque are joining forces once again to present a special Sneak Preview of an upcoming movie that we think is really exceptional and exciting.

Eight years in the making with a budget of $27 million, STEAMBOY is the costliest animated feature film ever produced outside of the United States. A seamless hybrid of traditional hand-drawn animation and 3-D computer-generated effects, STEAMBOY also showcases several new breakthroughs in animation and digital technology. These include the use of tracking camera effects and the rendering of astoundingly life-like “steam” effects. 


Set in 19th Century Great Britain, at the time of the Great Exhibition, STEAMBOY is a epic story about the power of science, man’s quest to control nature, and above all – courage.  STEAMBOY features an inventor prodigy named Ra Stim, who receives a mysterious metal ball which contains a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation. This young boy must use it to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction. The lush Victorian interiors and the elegance of the era's mechanical design allow Otomo to create dazzling visual backgrounds and machines. With more than 180,000 drawings and 400 CG cuts, STEAMBOY is one of the most elaborate animated features of 2005.


In 1988, Katsuhiro Otomo took the worlds of anime and science-fiction by storm with his post-apocalyptic cyberpunk adventure Akira. The film set new standards for the genres and is internationally regarded as a benchmark achievement in animation. Born in Miyagi, Japan in 1954, Mr. Otomo began his career as a comic book illustrator in 1973. His unique style helped Otomo quickly establish himself as a leading figure in the world of Japanese manga. Since Akira, Otomo has directed the live-action comedy/horror film World Apartment Horror and several animated shorts, as well as written the screenplays for the anime hits Rojin Z and Metropolis. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Tuesday, February 8 – 7:30 PM


Presented in Association with ASIFA-International Animated Film Association

Chris Landreth began his career as an engineer, not an animator. When he made the leap to animation, that training came in handy while working for Alias/Wavefront, where he tested new animation software, before it was released to the public. This led to his first to shorts, "the end" and "Bingo". Chris has evolved into a realm of animation he calls "psycho-realism" with his latest short "Ryan", which challenges our notions of documentary and animation. We will also show two of Ryan Larkin’s shorts, the acclaimed, mysterious animator and subject of "Ryan". Chris Landreth’s "The End" (6 min, 1995) This twisted, surreal film about the director’s challenge to create was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996 for Best Animated Short Film. This was produced by Alias/Wavefront to test new features in the development of its animation software MAYA. Chris Landreth’s "Bingo" (5 min, 1998) Award-winning short full of Chris’s bizarre imagery and exaggerated characters. This short announces "Chris’s particular style of "psychological realism". Chris Landreth’s "Ryan" (14 min, 2004) Chris’s evolving "psycho-realism" style is represented through "Ryan’s"combination of hand-animated combination of photo-realism, animation and documentary..

Ryan Larkin’s "Walking" (5 min, 1968). Nominated for Academy Award for Animated Short in 1968. Extraordinarily influential observation of the way people walk. This film is still used to teach animation students the basics of human motion. Ryan Larkin’s "Street Musique" (9 min, 1972). Amusing and imaginative abstract and caricactures of familiar rituals fill this tribute to street musicians. Chris Landreth will appear for an extended Q & A to discuss his groundbreaking techniques in animation and the influence of the work of Ryan Larkin.


Saturday, February 12  - 10:30 AM     

Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Tour!
The highlights of our regular tour
with a lover’s twist -- tidbits from the life of America's original Sweetheart, Mary Pickford and her husband Douglas Fairbanks (who were frequent visitors to Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre in the 1920's) will be featured along with some tasty sweets. Bring your Sweetheart and one of you will get in for free with this two for one Valentine's Day special offer.
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours &

10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour (Special Sweetheart tour plus an abbreviated version of our regular tour.
11:30 AM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD


Sunday, February 13  - 10:30 AM     

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours &
10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour

For the total “Old Hollywood” experience add a tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history.
Tickets: $5. Tour & movie: $10. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 3 for schedule changes. Screening Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM and with behind the scenes historic theatre tours (offered once a month).

11:30 AM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM


Monday, February 14 – 7:30 PM

Ain’t It Cool News/American Cinematheque Sneak Preview Showcase:

If you’re looking for a little supernatural action and romance on Valentine’s Day, the groundbreaking Internet website Ain’t It Cool News and the American Cinematheque are joining forces once again to present a special Sneak Preview of an upcoming movie that we think is really exceptional and exciting:

CONSTANTINE, 2005, Warner Bros. Dir. Francis Lawrence. Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book "Hellblazer" and written by Kevin Brodbin, Mark Bomback and Frank Capello, CONSTANTINE tells the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who has literally been to hell and back. When Constantine teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister (also played by Weisz), their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldy events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost. We should add that director Francis Lawrence makes his debut with this film, and will be joining us afterwards for a discussion!



If you didn't make the trek to the snow-capped peaks of Park City, Utah for the 11th annual Slamdance Film Festival - or simply couldn't see EVERYTHING while you were there - you'll be able to catch up with 2005 festival winners at the Egyptian with a double feature of the Grand Jury and Audience Award Winners. Schedules permitting, filmmakers, still clutching their coveted "Sparky" award statuettes, will appear with their films. Winners will be announced at by Jan. 31st. The exact screening schedule will be available here in early February.

Thursday, February 17 - 7:00 PM


Audience Award & Grand Jury Winners From the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival.

ABEL RAISES CAIN 2004, 84 min. Dir. Jenny Abel. This documentary about professional prankster Alan Abel, who amongst other things, campaigned for clothes for animals, faked his own death, and claimed to be Deep Throat. In this exploration, lovingly shot by his daughter, Jenny, she reflects on this extraordinary man, her father, who marches to the beat of his own drum, the media and the old adage, "Don’t believe everything you see or hear." Discussion following the screening with the director.

"Run To Jay's" 2004, 16 min, dir. Brett Spackman documents a competition that spanned 3 years with one simple mission: sprint from the front door to Jay’s Market across the street and around the corner, buy a soda, and then return to the front door… …in under two minutes.

Due to screening availability, this show will not be a double feature. A feature length documentary and a 16 min. short (preceding the feature) will be shown.

More information at:

An Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!


Saturday, February 19 – 7:45 PM

"The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" Celebrating 75 Years of THE MALTESE FALCON!!

Since 1930, when writer Dashiell Hammett first published his classic novel The Maltese Falcon, his hard-luck detective hero Sam Spade and the hunt for that certain "Black Bird" has held the public imagination an almost-mystical grip. Warner Bros. Studio immediately seized on the book’s potential, quickly turning out three adaptations in the space of a decade: THE MALTESE FALCON (aka DANGEROUS FEMALE) in 1931, SATAN MET A LADY (1936), and finally the definitive FALCON in 1941. To celebrate the 75th publication of the book, join us for a special double feature screening of the first and third versions:

THE MALTESE FALCON (aka DANGEROUS FEMALE), 1931, Warner Bros., 80 min. Dir. Roy Del Ruth. This first take on Dashiell Hammett’s classic detective noir, subsequently overshadowed by the later Bogie version, is surprisingly good and deserves a much wider audience. Ricardo Cortez holds his own as a somewhat more unscrupulous Sam Spade,while Duddley Digges and Otto Matieson as Gutman and Cairo match the chemsitry of the later Greenstreet/Lorre villain team. With Bebe Daniels, Thelma Todd.

THE MALTESE FALCON, 1941, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. John Huston. The most-justly famous of "Falcon" adaptations, this classic film noir gives definitive life to Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) and a masterfully drawn group of characters involved in a dangerous and double-crossing hunt for a bejeweled golden falcon statue. The first-rate cast includes Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Elisha Cook Jr.

>> Both films also playing at the Aero on March 3.


Sunday, February 20 – 6:00 PM


Los Angeles Premiere! Exclusive Engagement!

This rare chance to see live-action and animated short films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards will provide multiple viewing opportunities of magnificent work by short filmmakers. Please check for updates.

An Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!

Jeff Fowler's "Gopher Broke" (US, 5 min, Animation). A hungry gopher devises a scheme that he hopes will provide him with a tasty snack. Taika Waititi and Ainsley Gardiner's "Two Cars, One Night" (New Zealand, 13 mins, Live-Action). As they wait for their parents in the parking lot of a motel bar, two boys and a girl begin a tentative friendship. Sejong Park's "Birthday Boy" (Australia, 10mins, Animation). Too young to realize its consequences, a little Korean boy plays at war while his father fights at the front. Ashvin Kumar's "Little Terrorist" (India, 15 mins, Live-Action). When a young Pakistani boy accidentally crosses the mine-strewn border into India in pursuit of his cricket ball, he is helped by a Hindu teacher. Chris Landreth's "Ryan" (Canada, 14 mins, Animation). Ryan Larkin, one of the most influential figures in Canadian animation, now lives on skid row following years of drug and alcohol abuse. Nacho Vigalondo's "7:35 in the Morning" (Spain, 8 mins, Live-Action). A woman enters the cafe where she has breakfast every morning and finds that all of the other diners are staring at their plates in silence. Student Academy Award Winner - Animation. Alex Woo's "Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher" (12 mins). It is 1941, and the United States is at war with Nazi Germany. The U.S. Government has just been informed that Eval Schnitzler has occupied a remote location near the mysterious source of the Amazon River. Convinced that his motives are more than leisurely, the United States sends Rex Steele, Nazi smasher extraordinaire, to find and foil Eval's evil plans. Andrea Arnold's "Wasp" (UK, 23 mins, Live-Action). Zoe is twenty-three years old and already the mother of four children. A chance meeting with an old flame offers her a temporary escape from her bleak life. Several of the filmmakers in person for introductions and discussions at various shows.

Ashvin Kumar. Director of "Little Terrorist". Q & A after Sunday/Feb 20th show at 6:00pm

Chris Landreth Director of "Ryan". Q & A after Thursday/Feb 24th, show at 8:00pm

Andrea Arnold. Director of "Wasp" Q & A after Friday/Feb 25th show at 8:00pm

Taika Waititi Director of "Two Cars, One Night" on Sat/Feb 26th, 8:00pm show, plus her producers, Ainsley Gardiner

Additional screenings in the Spielberg Theatre:

Thursday, February 24th, 8:00 PM

Friday, February 25th 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 26th - 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Thursday, March 3rd - 8:00 PM

Friday, March 4th - 8:00 PM

Saturday, March 5th - 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sunday, March 6th - 1:00 PM


Wednesday, February 23 – 7:15 PM

Sam Peckinpah 80th Birthday Salute:

World Premiere!! A SIMPLE ADVENTURE STORY: SAM PECKINPAH, MEXICO AND THE WILD BUNCH, 2005, Warner Bros., 40 min. Dir. Nick Redman. To celebrate the late Sam Peckinpah's 80th birthday (February 21), we’re pleased to premiere a new documentary on his greatest filmic achievement, unveiling yet another remarkable discovery from the Warner Brothers vaults: a treasure trove of never-before-seen, Technicolor and Techniscope outtakes from the movie's remarkable shoot in northern Mexico. Conceived as a sequel to the Oscar-nominated THE WILD BUNCH: AN ALBUM IN MONTAGE (1996), this new documentary juxtaposes rare footage with a trip to the actual locations by authors Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle, along with Peckinpah's daughter Lupita, and filmmaker Nick Redman in April 2004. This unusual film shows the effect a piece of art can have when it strikes unerringly to the heart of a person at an impressionable age -- its memory staying with them all their lives. Followed by:

THE WILD BUNCH, 1969, Warner Bros., 145 min. Saddle up for a screening of director Sam Peckinpah’s magnificent, ultra-violent Western, starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates and Jaime Sanchez as a band of doomed outlaws trying to outrun history. Exceedingly controversial upon its initial release, THE WILD BUNCH forever changed the way violence was depicted and perceived in the movies. Co-starring Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins and Strother Martin. Discussion between films with SIMPLE ADVENTURE filmmaker Nick Redman and participants Lupita Peckinpah, Paul Seydor, David Weddle and Garner Simmons.

An Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!


Thursday, February 24 – 8:00 PM


(120 min.) Larry Mantle, host of AirTalk and FilmWeek on 89.3 KPCC FM, and a panel of film critics will review the major Oscar nominations in front of a live audience. The two hour program will be recorded for broadcast Friday, February 25th at 10AM on 89.3.

FilmWeek’s two hour special Academy Awards Preview with local film critics including: F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly; Andy Klein, film editor and chief critic of both CityBeat and ValleyBeat; Lael Loewenstein, Variety; Jean Oppenheimer, New Times; Peter Rainer, Past President of the National Society of Film Critics; Henry Sheehan,; Charles Solomon, animation critic for; and Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly.

A special dinner for KPCC Leadership Circle members will be held at the Pig & Whistle at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the KPCC Leadership Circle go to

Cinematheque Members will be admitted free (1 or 2 tix depending upon level of membership) to this program. Tickets available the day of the screening only from the Box Office)

An Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!


Saturday, February 26 - 10:00 AM         FREE SEMINAR
Presented by American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.).

Discover how these films went from dailies to Oscar-nominees. An open discussion with Thelma Schoonmaker (THE AVIATOR), Jim Miller and Paul Rubell (COLLATERAL), Matt Chesse (FINDING NEVERLAND), Joel Cox (MILLION DOLLAR BABY), and Paul Hirsch (RAY).

This event is free but it traditionally "sells out" so please arrive early to insure seating.