American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Presents...
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Alternative Screen Coordinated by:
Seminars coordinated by Margot Gerber & Tom Harris; Flicker coordinated by Andrew Crane..

Special Thanks to: Scott Haller (MPSE).



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 $10 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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Special Events in December:



Thursday, December 6 – 7:30 PM

Special Library of Congress Preservation Screening – German Expressonist Double Feature:

VARIETY (VARIETÉ), 1925, Paramount, 72 min. Dir. E.A. Dupont. Emil Jannings (THE BLUE ANGEL), considered one of the great actors of the silent era, stars as Boss Huller a former trapeze artist who abandons his wife and child for a young vamp. He ends up behind bars telling his sad story to a prison warden after he murders his mistress’ latest conquest. The original American release received a number of censorship cuts that reduced the running time by half, but here the uncensored version will be shown. VARIETY was skillfully shot by famed cinematographer Karl Freund, whose career spanned filming features in Germany in the teens and twenties to American television shows ("I Love Lucy" and "Our Miss Brooks") in the fifties. Cinematographer Freund also went on to become a director himself, helming the original THE MUMMY and MAD LOVE starring Peter Lorre. With English intertitles.

ASPHALT, 1929, 90 min. Dir. Joe May (THE INDIAN TOMB). A beautiful jewel thief seduces the honest policeman who arrests her after a robbery. Betty Amann and Gustav Frohlich (Freder in Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS) star in what is considered one of the last German Expressionist films of the era. The visual style combined with the pulp narrative gives ASPHALT the feel of a film noir, the Hollywood-created genre that became popular in the 1940’s and was influenced by German cinema of the 1920s. With English intertitles. Both films will be presented with live piano accompaniment provided by Daniel Redfield. The new book Silent Movies: The Birth Of Film And The Triumph Of Movie Culture by Peter Kobel, with a foreword by Kevin Brownlow and a preface by Martin Scorsese, will be on sale in the lobby. Christel Schmidt from the Library of Congress will be doing a live introduction before the screening.




Sunday, December 9 – 2:00 PM

Memorial Tribute to Bob Clark

This screening made possible with a grant from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce & Iron Mountain Film and Sound Archive. With the support of Hollywood & Highland

Join us for complimentary Hot Chocolate & Music from the Justin Apergis Jazz Quartet in the Courtyard prior to the film!

A CHRISTMAS STORY, 1983, Warner Bros, 94 min. Dir. Bob Clark. "A Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas..".

This nostalgic cult Christmas comedy, told from the perspective of Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), focuses on his overwhelming desire to get "an official Red Ryder, carbine-action, 200 shot range model air rifle", despite the fact that all the adults around him tell him that it will "put his eye out!" He sets out to convince everyone, especially his parents (Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon) that this is the perfect Christmas gift. Not surprisingly, he runs into opposition. Features the famous leg lamp and tongue-getting-stuck-on-the-pole scenes. With Scott Schwartz, Zack Ward, Ian Petrella, R.D. Robb. Discussion following with music supervisor Carl Zittrer and production designer Reuben Freed. Zack Ward is not able to attend as was previously announced. FREE ADMISSION! First come, first served. Tickets on day of event only. See more Holiday Movies at the Aero & Egyptian this month!




Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

Hollywood history comes alive with our docent tours of the legendary 1922 Egyptian theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Sid Grauman stage show with a visit to the old dressing rooms and singers boxes, plus an exhibit of original furniture created for the theatre. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth, discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history - and more! Tours are approximately one hour long and involve a fair amount of walking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and the main part of the theatre is handicap accessible. Group Tours can also be arranged.





Tuesday, December 11 – 7:30 PM

THE PIXAR STORY, (2007, Pixar/Disney, 87 min.) Dir. Leslie Iwerks. Starting in the mid 1980’s, an exceptional and inspiring trio of innovators, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs, combined their gifts in art, science and business to launch a whole new approach to making 3-D animated films and ended up reshaping the face of filmmaking forever. In the new documentary film THE PIXAR STORY, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks (director of THE HAND BEHIND THE MOUSE-THE UB IWERKS STORY) takes viewers on a dramatic journey filled with personal sacrifice and fueled by passionate belief in the possibilities of a new medium illustrating how Pixar Animation Studios was born. The first in-depth look at the most influential animation studio of its time, THE PIXAR STORY goes behind the scenes of the groundbreaking company that pioneered a new generation of animated feature films. Iwerks uses never-before-seen footage from the Pixar library, along with historic archival animation and first hand accounts by animators, studio executives, directors, producers and voice performers to chronicle the remarkable company that revolutionized an industry. Includes exclusive interviews with some of the key players in the Pixar story including John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, George Lucas, Michael Eisner, Bob Iger, Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Tim Allen, Brad Bird and more. "…an incisive and often inspiring story of a group of super talents for whom failure was not an option." – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Discussion following the screening with director Leslie Iwerks and Roy Disney Jr. Moderated by animation critic Charles Solomon.
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Thursday, December 13 – 8:00 PM

Egyptian Theatre 85th Anniversary Monthly Screening

50th Anniversary: PAL JOEY, 1957, Columbia, 111 min. Dir. George Sidney. Celebrating yet another film that played at the Egyptian on its initial release (50 years ago!) Kim Novak stars alongside Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth in this musical tale of showbiz romance. When "mousy" chorus girl Linda English (Novak) holds out against the advances of womanizing crooner Joey Evans (Sinatra), his interest in her increases ten-fold. Wealthy widow and financier Vera Simpson (Hayworth) meets Joey and agrees to underwrite his private nightclub venture, but has a jealous change of heart when she learns of his affections for the young Linda. A Kinoscope transfer of KABC's 6 minute press preview coverage of the premiere of PAL JOEY will be shown prior to the film. Featuring Frank Sinatra, Betty White, Harry Cohn & High O'Brien.