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Making Movie History for Over 80 Years!

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Alternative Screen Coordinated by:
Margot Gerber & Bernadette DeJoya.

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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 available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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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 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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The American Cinematheque was awarded 4 Stars by Charity Navigators for successfully managing the finances of the organization in an efficient and effective manner as compared to other non-profits in America.


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Special Events in July:




Wednesday, July 12 – 8:00

Visual Effects Wizard Dennis Muren and Producer Jack H. Harris In-Person!

EQUINOX, 1970, Tonylyn Productions/Worldwide Entertainment Corp., 82 min. Dirs. Dennis Muren & Mark McGee and Jack Woods. Teenagers in a duel with the devil! When four college kids discover an ancient, Necronomicon-like book, they unwittingly summon a legion of satanic creatures. Made for $6,500, this first feature by future Oscar-winning visual effects wizard Dennis Muren (STAR WARS, JURASSIC PARK) and 17-year old screenwriter/co-director Mark McGee was picked up for distribution by maverick producer Jack H. Harris (THE BLOB), who hired John Cassavetes’ film editor Jack Woods to shoot new scenes. The result is an eerie monster mash featuring stop-motion demons and atmospheric set pieces by Muren, animator David Allen, and matte painter Jim Danforth. Beware the bat-winged hell-god and giant blue ape! Frank Bonner ("WKRP In Cincinatti") and fantasy author Fritz Leiber co-star. Come celebrate the film’s first time release on DVD from The Criterion Collection! Please Note: Due to the unavailability of acceptable film prints, EQUINOX will be screened from the restored DVD transfer. Discussion with Dennis Muren, Mark McGee, Jack H. Harris, Jack Woods and original cast members, as well as a DVD signing, will follow the screening.




Saturday, July 15

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



Sunday, July 16

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



Thursday, July 20 - 8:00 PM ALTERNATIVE SCREEN

Sneak Preview!: THE LIMBO ROOM, 2006, 80 min., USA. Join us in July for a new feature about the blurring of reality and fiction in the lives of New York stage actors working on a play involving an onstage rape. Life in the theatre and the politics of sex are bared in the latest film from award-winning filmmaker Debra Eisenstadt (DAYDREAM BELIEVER). Long-time Off Broadway understudy Ann (Andrea Powell) gets a much needed dose of hope when a fellow understudy (Melissa Leo, THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES) takes over a principle role to much acclaim. Meanwhile Ann’s boyfriend encourages her to take a leading role in her own life. Discussion following with writer/director Debra Eisenstadt, co-writer Jill Eisenstadt and co-producer Alessandra Gatien - as well as the star of the film Andrea Powell (FX series, "Thief," NBC's "A Year Without Santa Claus, RUNAWAY JURY).





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Join us in the Egyptian Courtyard for a Royal Southern Californian-style Luau between a double feature of island adventures exotic musical entertainment from King Kukelele and his Friki Tikis There will also be Tiki vendors and other special surprises in the courtyard from 1:00 PM till we shut it down.

4:00 PM - IB Technicolor print! ENCHANTED ISLAND, 1958, Warner Brothers, 93 min. The movie poster tagline screamed: "He dared to love a cannibal princess!" Director Allen Dwan (SLIGHTLY SCARLET), no stranger to meager budgets, brought his trademark lyrical romanticism to this kitschy, bargain basement adaptation of Herman Melville’s Typee. Shot on location as well as some studio sets, this tiki-laden story of a deserting sailor (Dana Andrews) who falls in love with a native princess (Jane Powell, of all people!) gets the full Technicolor treatment. Co-starring Arthur Shields, Don Dubbins and tough guy Ted de Corsia, this was the last film RKO Pictures produced before going bankrupt. Also a pre-show selection of Tiki short films and surprise guests. Approx. 25 min. All pre-show shorts compiled by Kevin Kidney.

Join us in the Egyptian Courtyard for a Royal Southern Californian-style Luau sponsored in part by Gelson's.

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7:30 PM - BLUE HAWAII, 1961, Paramount, 101 min. Dir. Norman Taurog. Before all the formula sixties movies that turned Elvis Presley from an icon into a self-parody, came this sparkling original that subsequent filmmakers sought to use as the cookie-cutter guarantee to Presley movie success. But this was the original. Sumptuous cinematography, frothy plot, pleasing comic turns and skillful acting by co-stars Angela Lansbury and Joan Blackman, a thin, tanned and rested Elvis – and, above all, songs as enchanting as the island paradise depicted. From 'Rock-A-Hula Baby' to 'Can't Help Falling In Love' and the title song – this is classic Elvis 2.0. Post-army and pre-rhinestone. This Elvis is as luscious as the Hawaiian landscape, as lovable as a tiki god and just as skillfully shot. The movie and the soundtrack were among the most successful of his career. Remember Elvis THIS way… The Mods & Rockers Festival will present our first-ever celluloid salute to Elvis in August. This film serves as a delectable teaser... Plus a selection of "Blue Hawaii-themed" short films and special guests prior to BLUE HAWAII. Darlene Tomkins who played Patsy Simon in BLUE HAWAII will introduce the film. Approx. 45 min. All pre-show shorts compiled by Kevin Kidney.

Separate ticket prices for the films. Or enjoy just the luau and the music, or buy a ticket which includes all the films and the luau. For movies, General: $12.00, Sr/Students: $10.00, AC Member: $9.00 *Luau Only: $15.00 or Movies & Luau Dinner: General: $25.00, Sr/Student: $23.00 and Member: $22.00. *A limited number of dinners will be sold at the door. To guarantee a dinner ticket please purchase in advance.

Vendors may include: Tiki Tony, Adrift Clothing, Crazy Al's Bone Productions, "Dumb Angel" Magazine authors Dominic Priore and Brian Chidister, Tiki Diablo, Falling Cocos, Coconut Kids Clothing, Tiki Farm, the American Cinematheque selling poster and others...



Wednesday, July 26 – 8:00 PM

Movies Talk! THE SUMMER SOUND SHOW RETURNS! After revealing behind-the-scenes secrets of sound design and Foley effects the previous two summers, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will now demonstrate the craft of Dialogue and ADR. Using a recent major motion picture, the sound team will demonstrate how the various sources of dialogue (production recordings, dialogue replacement and loop groups) are massaged into the seamless track you hear in the theater. The Egyptian Theatre will once again be transformed into a recording studio and editorial suite so you can see how these Hollywood craftspeople put together the auditory smorgasbord you've come to expect as part of your moviegoing experience. A co-production of the American Cinematheque and Motion Picture Sound Editors.