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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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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

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Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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(Aero 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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Special Events in January:

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.



Friday, January 6 – 7:30 PM

The American Cinematheque at The Aero Theatre - One Year Anniversary!

HELL’S ANGELS, 1930, Universal, 127 min. This WWI epic, the legendary brainchild of producer Howard Hughes, still retains the capacity to make jaws drop with its spectacular display of aerial dogfights in battle-torn skies. The ‘making-of’ was chronicled in Martin Scorsese’s Hughes biopic, THE AVIATOR, and, although Hughes was the credited director, James Whale (FRANKENSTEIN) and Edmond Goulding (NIGHTMARE ALLEY), amongst others, also reportedly contributed heavily in that department. Originally shot as a silent film with another female lead, Norwegian Greta Nissen, Hughes decided to scrap her footage and reshoot it with an American actress when sound movies suddenly became all the rage. His choice proved to be an auspicious one. Jean Harlow launched her career as saucy Helen and supplied a good deal of sexy dialogue that marks this film a certified original in pre-Production Code Hollywood. Come join us to celebrate the American Cinematheque’s first year anniversary at our Aero-dynamic Santa Monica venue!




Saturday, January 14 – 7:30 PM

25th Anniversary!

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, 1981, Paramount, 115 min. Archaeologist Harrison Ford battles occult-obsessed Nazis and former girlfriend Karen Allen as he attempts to wrest the Ark of the Covenant from the lost Egyptian city of Tanis. Brilliant, non-stop adventure from director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas that mixes 1930's-style matinee thrills with the ominous threat of Hitler's henchmen controlling one of history's most powerful objects. With terrific support from Paul Freeman as Indy's suave nemesis Belloq, Ronald Lacey as the sinister Nazi officer Toht, and John Rhys-Davies as Indy's right-hand man Sallah. Imaginatively written by Lawrence Kasdan (based on Lucas and Philip Kaufman's original story), aided by a typically stirring John Williams score, one of his very best. Even if you've seen RAIDERS a dozen times - come back and see it again, in a gorgeous new 35 mm. print courtesy of Paramount Pictures!! Visual Effect Supervisor Richard Edlund will be introducing the screening.



Sunday, January 15 – 6:00 PM

Double Feature!

INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, 1984, Paramount, 118 min. Harrison Ford returns as adventuer, Indiana Jones in the second installment of director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas’ tribute to the bygone-era of cliffhanger movie serials. This time Jones, fleeing Shanghai with an American chanteuse (Kate Capshaw) and a teenage thief, suddenly finds himself in rural India, attempting to help free a village’s children from indentured servitude in the mines belonging to a maniacal cult. Before the last frame unspools, Jones will find himself fighting for survival, along with his comrades, in the nefarious Temple of Doom.

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, 1989, Paramount, 127 min. Director Steven Spielberg returns for the third entry in the trilogy with Indiana (Harrison Ford) searching for his ill-humored father (Sean Connery) after the brilliant archaeologist is kidnapped by the Nazis for his knowledge of the whereabouts of the Holy Grail, a sacred artifact that, like the first installment’s Ark of the Covenant, supposedly holds supernatural powers to redeem or destroy the world. With a great supporting cast that includes Denholm Elliot, Jonathan Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover and River Phoenix (in flashback) as the teenage Indiana Jones. Discussion between films with Visual Effects Supervisor, Mike McAlister.




Saturday, January 28 – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee – Animation A GoGo

BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM, 1993, Warner Bros., 76 min. Dir. Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski. As part of our weekend tribute to animator, Bruce Timm (see our January 29 listing at The Egyptian Theatre), we present Bruce’s critically-acclaimed animated feature spin-off from the BATMAN animated television show. Batman must exonerate himself after being framed by vigilante assassin, The Phantasm, for the murders of various mob bosses. With a great cast of actors doing the voices for the comic book characters, including Kevin Conroy, Dana Delaney, Hart Bochner, Stacey Keach, Abe Vigoda, Dick Miller, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., John P. Ryan, Marilu Henner and Mark Hamill.