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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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Series compiled by: Gwen Deglise & Grant Moninger..

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Special Thanks to: Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS.; Jared Sapolin & Helena Brissenden/SONY REPERTORY; Emily Horn/PARAMOUNT; Mary Tallungan/DISNEY; Amy Lewin/MGM Repertory.


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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 are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
(Aero by series)
(Aero Film Calendar)
(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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<<< October 31 - November 2, 2008 >>>

Halloween Horrorthon & Horror-Comedy

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This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive although you should also check out the Egyptian's Halloween Spookfest with different, equally terrifying films!



Purchase a new membership in person at the Aero & receive a miscellaneous horror DVD, a children's Jedi costume, a Shrek T-shirt, a Superman guide book, an ANACONDAS poster and a True Blood comic book.

HALLOWEEN NIGHT: From 4 - 8 PM the Aero Theatre will be open for Trick-or-Treaters! Stop by for a treat and stay for our Abbott and Costello Double Creature Feature!

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Friday, October 31 – 7:30 PM

Abbott & Costello Double Creature Feature:

ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, 1948, Universal, 83 min. Dir. Charles Barton. The apex of Bud Abbott’s and Lou Costello’s careers, and the finest horror-comedy ever made (at least until YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN). The boys are baggage clerks who accidentally set loose Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula; werewolf Larry Talbot (in a relatively heroic mode) tries to convince them that the Count intends to give Lou’s brain to the monster! (Like that’d be an improvement.) The baddies play it straight in this truly exceptional spoof, which also stars Bela Lugosi (in his second and final appearance as Dracula), Lon Chaney Jr. (fifth and final as Talbot) and Glenn Strange (third and final as the monster), as well as Jane Randolph, Lenore Aubert and Frank Ferguson. More on this film

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, BORIS KARLOFF, 1949, Universal, 84 min. Dir. Charles Barton. Probably the only film to contain three stars’ names in the title! A diverting whodunit spoof (originally conceived for Bob Hope) with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello as a hotel detective and a bellboy who discover a murdered bigwig in his room -- and Lou’s the main suspect, despite seven other guests with actual motives! Boris Karloff, who missed out on A&C MEET FRANKENSTEIN, plays a swami who tries to hypnotize Lou in one of the film’s most side-splitting scenes. Also on hand are Lenore Aubert, Alan Mowbray, Roland Winters (who was concurrently playing Charlie Chan at Monogram) and Percy Helton.



Saturday, November 1 – 7:30 PM


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Halloween is not over until the Aero Theatre's Third Annual Horrorthon! It’s time to eat that trick-or-treat candy, Cannibal Chili and Custard with bits of human ear. Relax and enjoy screams and gore, laughs and freak-outs with some of your best friends, zombies, creeps, demons, kung-fu priests and serial killers that will be lurking in the neighborhood this time of year! Complete with the Aero's annual between film giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises!

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, 1986, Sony Repertory, 88 min. "The Good News is your date is here. The Bad News is, he's dead." When a couple of pledges thaw out the corpse of a fraternity member who was infected by aliens, they inadvertently incite a zombie epidemic on their campus. MONSTER SQUAD auteur Fred Dekker directs this cult favorite with Tom Atkins. More on this film

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, PART TWO, 1986, MGM Repertory, 89 min. Director Tobe Hooper trades gritty reality and unease for satire and stylized visuals in this very different but no less masterful sequel to his original masterpiece. Dennis Hopper plays a Texas lawman on the trail of Leatherface and his clan, who have found a way to profit from their homicidal tendencies: the creation of prizewinning chili made from their victims. IMDB

DEAD ALIVE (aka BRAINDEAD), 1992, Lionsgate, 97 min. The poisonous bite of a Sumatran rat monkey leads to an out-of-control zombie epidemic in Peter Jackson’s deliriously entertaining gross-out fest. In its combination of over-the-top gore and slapstick, DEAD ALIVE recalls Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD movies, but its off-kilter sense of wit and New Zealand atmosphere are pure Jackson. IMDB

LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, 1971, Paramount, 89 min. In this hallucinatory classic, a young woman with a troubled emotional past moves into an old New England farmhouse to start over. The problem is that she quickly begins having terrifying encounters in the house, and director John Hancock keeps both the characters and the audience guessing as to whether or not she’s imagining things. With a brilliantly haunting performance by Zohra Lampert. More on this film

DEMONS (DEMONI), 1985, 88 min. Director Lamberto Bava and producer Dario Argento engage in a bit of SCREAM-style self-consciousness in this gory delight, in which theatergoers attending a zombie movie find themselves under attack by real zombies. More on this film

DEATHDREAM (aka DEAD OF NIGHT), 1974, 88 min. Years before COMING HOME and BORN ON THE 4th OF JULY, director Bob Clark (BLACK CHRISTMAS) turned his eye to the plight of returning Vietnam vets, albeit in a distinctly bizarre fashion. When the son who parents John Marley and Lynn Carlin thought died in the war returns home, they’re thrilled -- until they realize that he’s a murderous zombie. Vietnam vet and makeup legend Tom Savini provides his usual bloody brilliance. More on this film Enter to win frightening favorite DVD’s courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment’s as well as Warner Bros. and MGM. Special Horrorthon prices: General $20, Student/Senior $18, Members $15 -- includes all-night snacks and Monster Energy Drink, Coffee from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and giveaways.




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Sunday, November 2 – 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

35mm Cult Classic with Live Comedic Commentary!

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, 1959, 79 min. Dir. Ed Wood. SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival and American Cinematheque are thrilled to welcome three of the sharpest minds in comedy – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett – for an evening with RiffTrax. Former writers and cast-members of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," Nelson (Mike), Murphy (Tom Servo) and Corbett (Crow T. Robot) have embarked on RiffTrax, which provides downloadable commentaries for dozens of new and classic films. Join them as they do what they do best – providing live, hilarious commentary to a feature-length B-movie! Their sights are set on the granddaddy of all sci-fi camp classics, Ed Wood’s profoundly entertaining anti-masterpiece. A favorite at SF Sketchfest, RiffTrax Live makes its Los Angeles area debut at the gorgeous Aero Theatre – so sit back, grab some popcorn and laugh yourself silly. See Ed Wood's biopic by Tim Burton Nov. 5! Ticket Prices: General $27, Student/Senior $26, Members $25.