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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 programmed by: Gwen Deglise, Grant Moninger and Michael Eisenberg. Chris D. Sci-Fi shorts programmed by Andrew P. Crane.

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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 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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<<< July 31 - 23, 2008 >>>

The 8th Annual Festival of Fantasy, Horror & Science Fiction


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This series also takes place at the Egyptian Theatre!

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Join us for more of what you love best – new and vintage classic and cult fantastic films, kicking off at the Egyptian with a Sneak Preview of Larry Bishop’s phantasmagorical biker pic HELL RIDE (produced and edited by Quentin Tarantino) and including, the Pang Brothers’ newest, RE-CYCLE, the U.S. Premiere of the new animated STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and the World Premiere of Norman England’s documentary, BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE. Plus, more British horror classics from the Golden Age, including JACK THE RIPPER, A STUDY IN TERROR, THE TELL-TALE HEART, THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, brand new prints of Hammer Studios Christopher Lee adventure pix THE DEVIL-SHIP PIRATES, THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER and TERROR OF THE TONGS, a new print of Hammer’s hardboiled wartime atrocity opus THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND, plus a Peter Cushing sci-fi triple feature of THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS, ISLAND OF TERROR and ISLAND OF THE BURNING DAMNED, classic American sci-fi/horror IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA and EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (both with Ray Harryhausen’s SFX), KRONOS, CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN, DEMENTIA 13, FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER, ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE, Italian horror THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA, a Pre-Code Hollywood horror double bill of ISLAND OF LOST SOULS and KONGO, an Egyptian Theatre 85th Anniversary double feature of ALIEN and ALIENS (both of which premiered at the Egyptian), a whole evening of sci-fi shorts and more! Keep an eye out for our must-see sidebars at the Aero with a LORD OF THE RINGS marathon, a Tribute to Stan Winston (including ALIENS, PUMPKINHEAD and PREDATOR 1 and 2) and a cozy Post-Apocalyptic weekend featuring DAMNATION ALLEY, A BOY AND HIS DOG, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE OMEGA MAN and more! Each night there will be a drawing for prizes courtesy of Warner Bros. and Every Picture Tells A Story.


Saturday, August 2 – 5:00 PM

Fantasy, Horror & Sci-Fi Series -- Special Marathon!

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, 2001, Warner Bros., 208 min. Dir. Peter Jackson.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, 2002, Warner Bros., 223 min. Dir. Peter Jackson.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, 2003, Warner Bros., 251 min. Dir. Peter Jackson.

Director Peter Jackson and a brilliantly talented cast and crew have brought to cinematic life J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure of good against evil. The future of civilization rests on the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. Fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and undertakes a heroic quest through Middle Earth revealing how, through courage, commitment, and determination, even the smallest of us can change the world. With Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen. The Extended version will be shown. Illustrator artist Greg Hildebrandt - who became internationally known for the original STAR WARS movie poster and beautiful J.R.R. Tolkien LORD OF THE RINGS artwork - will introduce the marathon. Discover the Hilderbrandt brothers’ work at Every Picture Tells a Story. Special price for this event: All admissions - $3.00. More on this film.





August 15 – 16 at the Aero Theatre

Few visual effects artists have influenced the American cinema as much as the late Stan Winston, who, before his death this summer at the age of 62, worked on the TERMINATOR films, JURASSIC PARK, and countless other special effects landmarks. The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre pays tribute to an American master with a selection of his most popular films, including ALIENS and Winston’s directorial debut, PUMPKINHEAD.



Friday, August 15 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

ALIENS, 1986, 20th Century Fox, 137 min. Seven years after Ridley Scott’s original ALIEN, James Cameron directed this sinister, explosive WWII-movie-in-space, about a platoon of U.S. Marines stranded on planet LV-426. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is darker and richer here – haunted by alien nightmares, confronting her deepest fears. Special effects by Stan Winston. With Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser. More on this film.

PUMPKINHEAD, 1988, MGM Repertory, 86 min. Effects wizard Stan Winston made his directorial debut with this macabre modern folk tale. Lance Henriksen stars as a grief-stricken father who goes to an old witch in the swamp to bring forth a demon from hell to wreak vengeance on teen dirtbike riders who accidentally ran down and killed his tiny son. More on this film.



Saturday, August 16 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

PREDATOR, 1987, 20th Century Fox, 107 min. ALIEN meets RAMBO when an elite military squad heads into the jungle only to be confronted by an unstoppable extraterrestrial killer. Director John McTiernan shows signs of the expert action technique he would later refine in DIE HARD, while Arnold Schwarzenegger provides rooting interest as the tough-as-nails hero. More great special effects from Stan Winston. More on this film.

PREDATOR 2, 1990, 20th Century Fox, 108 min. Director Stephen Hopkins takes the PREDATOR mythology from the jungle to urban Los Angeles, where cop Danny Glover discovers that something far more dangerous than Colombian street gangs lurks in his city. Bill Paxton and Gary Busey provide solid character actor support in this unusually distinctive sequel.





Co-presented by Fallout® 3

Sponsored by Bethesda Softworks and Geek Monthly Magazine

August 22 - 23 at the Aero Theatre

It's the end of the world as we know it, but you'll feel fine at a weekend of two explosive, apocalyptic triple features. From cult classics like DAMNATION ALLEY and A BOY AND HIS DOG to two pre-Will Smith adaptations of I Am Legend, there's something here for everyone who enjoys the spectacle of humanity self-destructing. Giveaways and surprise guests will accompany all three programs, which also include visionary masterworks by Ralph Bakshi and Terry Gilliam.


Friday, August 22 - 7:30 PM

Triple Feature and special treats!

WIZARDS, 1977, 20th Century Fox, 82 min. Dir. Ralph Bakshi. An animated post-apocalyptic vision like none before, where twin wizards — the wicked Blackwolf and the good-hearted Avatar — battle for rule over an epic fantasy wasteland.

DAMNATION ALLEY, 1977, 20th Century Fox, 91 min. Dir. Jack Smight. After World War III, George Peppard leads a ragged group of survivors (including Jan Michael Vincent, Dominique Sanda and Paul Winfield) on a journey to the last civilized spot in America -- Albany, N.Y.! Part road movie, part apocalyptic action flick, this is one of the most enjoyable -- and hard-to-see -- sci-fi films of the 1970s.

A BOY AND HIS DOG, 1975, 91 min. Jason Robards and a young Don Johnson star in this cult classic, an adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s short story about the survivors of a nuclear holocaust. Slyly satiric, the film was directed by character actor (and Peckinpah favorite) L.Q. Jones. Special guests, giveaways and free popcorn & soda. Check our website for more details. More on this film.



Saturday, August 23 - 7:30 PM

Triple Feature and Special Treats!

LAST MAN ON EARTH, 1964, MGM Repertory, 86 min. Dir. Sidney Salkow (co-dir. Ubaldo Ragona, uncredited). Terrifying adaptation of Richard Matheson’s landmark sci-fi horror novel, I Am Legend, with Vincent Price as the lone survivor of a vampire plague that has left the world population a shambling, nocturnal undead race thirsty for immune Price’s blood. Full of starkly surreal, nightmare images, this is an underrated gem. View Trailer

THE OMEGA MAN, 1971, Warner Bros., 98 min. Dir. Boris Sagal. Whiskey-drinking, WOODSTOCK-watching scientist Charlton Heston faces the possible extinction of mankind, while bug-eyed Anthony Zerbe and his legions of soul-brother vampires prowl the night, in this whacked-out adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic novel I Am Legend. Here, Heston remade himself as an über-cool 1970s action star, cruising the plague-ridden streets of L.A. in a convertible Mustang. View Trailer

12 MONKEYS, 1995, Universal, 129 min. Dir. Terry Gilliam. Chris Marker’s LA JETEE serves as the inspiration for this haunting and beautiful sci-fi film. Bruce Willis is a time traveler trying to save mankind from a global epidemic; unfortunately, upon arriving in 1990s Philadelphia he’s immediately incarcerated as a madman and imprisoned alongside a particularly loony Brad Pitt. Special guests, giveaways and free popcorn & soda. Check our website for more details. View Trailer.