American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Presents...
Making Movie History for Over 80 Years!

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Series programmed by: American Cinematheque Members and Staff
Special Thanks to:Emily Horn & Barry Allen/PARAMOUNT; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS.; Sarah Finklea & Brian Beloverac/JANUS FILMS; Jared Sapolin, Helena Brissenden & Grover Crisp/SONY REPERTORY; Caitlin Robertson/20TH CENTURY FOX



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. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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Best In 10: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Grand Re-Opening of the Egyptian Theatre


This Series is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!


Help us celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the grand re-opening of the Egyptian Theatre with a series comprised of audience favorites and staff picks from the past decade of movies at the American Cinematheque!

The Cinematheque purchased the Egyptian Theatre for $1 from the City of Los Angeles with the stipulation that the theatre undergo rehabilitation with respect to government landmark requirements, returning the facade to its 1922 appearance. The $15 million renovation, rehabilitation and restoration of Sid Grauman's theatre was finished on December 4, 1998 with doors swung open for a 75th anniversary premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, presented with a live orchestra. Since then hundreds of films from all over the world have flickered on the Egyptian’s giant screen. During our Best in 10 series, revisit (or see for the first time), classics SUNSET BOULEVARD, CASABLANCA, CITIZEN KANE, THE SEVEN SAMURAI, THE GODFATHER, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC and guilty pleasures VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and THE LOVE MACHINE on the big screen as they were meant to be seen! A limited number of free tickets have been reserved for New and Current Members for this series. The first 50 members to RSVP to: can request up to 2 free tickets for each show! First come, first served.



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Thursday, December 4 – 8:00 PM

10th Anniversary of the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian! Introduction by Actress Nancy Olson!

Presented with the support of DIVA

SUNSET BOULEVARD, 1950, Paramount, 110 min. "I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille!" Director Billy Wilder created one of his most enduring masterpieces in this dark, glittering poison pen letter to all things Hollywood; told in flashback by murdered screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden), whose final job is playing paid-companion to egocentric, aging silent-film goddess Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in her mausoleum of a mansion. With Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson as an aspiring screenwriter and a cameo by Cecil B. DeMille as himself. Academy Award winner for Best Screenplay (Wilder, Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman Jr.), Score (Franz Waxman) and Art Direction (Hans Dreier, et. al.). The original Schwab’s drugstore figures prominently in the film, as does Paramount Studios and the still-standing Alto Nido apartments. Introduction to the film with actress Nancy Olson! EI School of Professional MakeUp brings the characters of SUNSET BOULEVARD to life at the Egyptian tonight! Plus, a silent auction of movie memorabilia and autographed posters. More Information on this film.


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Friday, December 5 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

CASABLANCA, 1942, Warner Bros., 102 min. Directed by Michael Curtiz. "Here’s looking at you, kid." Tough guy Humphrey Bogart is Rick, an expatriate club owner in Morocco, nursing a broken heart after his cherished sweetheart (Ingrid Bergman) disappeared from his side in Paris when the Nazis invaded. When she re-enters his life with her fugitive, resistance leader husband (Paul Henreid), sparks fly. With an incredible cast that includes Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Conrad Veidt. Winner of three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. One of the most deliriously romantic noirs this side of Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS. Trailer

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CITIZEN KANE, 1941, Warner Bros., 119 min. Orson Welles was only 25 when he directed this masterpiece, and it remains one of the most phenomenal motion pictures ever made. Welles, of course, also stars as Charles Foster Kane, a ruthless man who built a newspaper publishing empire and a character supposedly modeled after the real-life William Randolph Hearst. Trailblazing in so many aspects, from Gregg Toland’s complex camera and lighting to Bernard Herrmann’s score to one of the finest ensemble casts (including Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane and Agnes Moorehead) ever assembled. With an Academy Award-winning script by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz. Trailer



Saturday, December 6 - 10th Anniversary Tour!

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour



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Saturday, December 6 – 7:30 PM

THE SEVEN SAMURAI (SHICHININ NO SAMURAI), 1954, Janus Films, 207 min. Director Akira Kurosawa’s most famous film is certainly one of the finest movies ever made -- a huge, sprawling but intimate, character-driven period epic about an aging swordsman (the great Takashi Shimura) who enlists six other warriors-for-hire (Toshiro Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isao Kimura, Daisuke Kato, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Inaba) to safeguard a remote village plagued by bandits. One of Kurosawa’s prime talents as director, aside from his meticulous attention to writing and character development, was his ability to create a lived-in wealth of detail in all of his in-period films. Nowhere is this talent more evident than in this hypnotic evocation of a bygone age. The action film prototype, SEVEN SAMURAI has been enormously influential on a legion of filmmakers from around the world, including Sam Peckinpah and Clint Eastwood. "Moves like hot mercury, and it draws a viewer so thoroughly into its world that real life can seem thick and dull when the lights come up." – Ty Burr, Boston Globe. Trailer



Sunday, December 7 - 10th Anniversary Tour!

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour



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Sunday, December 7 – 7:30 PM

Restored Version!

New 35mm Print! THE GODFATHER, 1972, Paramount, 175 min. Director Francis Ford Coppola transformed author Mario Puzo’s sprawling Mafia saga into the Great American Movie of the 1970s, a towering, cinematically stunning portrait of darkness and violence overwhelming every level of American society like a monstrous tidal wave. Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall head one of the best casts assembled since CITIZEN KANE – but the lion’s share of attention went to Marlon Brando for his unforgettable, career-reviving performance as Don Vito Corleone. Don Vito has a close-knit family, including offspring hotheaded Sonny (Caan), sensitive Michael (Pacino) and oft-neglected daughter Connie (Shire). When a mob war breaks out post-WWII and Don Vito is seriously wounded, returning veteran Michael, previously uninvolved in the family "business," is the only one cool and collected enough to pull the irons out of the fire. Co-starring a rogue’s gallery of greats, including Richard Conte and Sterling Hayden. Trailer


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Saturday, December 13 – 7:30 PM

Co-presented with Outfest

Double Feature:

New 35 mm Print! VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, 1967, 20th Century Fox, 123 min. Dir. Mark Robson. "You know it’s bad to take liquor with those pills," warns small-town girl turned supermodel Anne (Barbara Parkins) to Broadway diva/train wreck Neely (Patty Duke). Neely’s answer: "They work faster." If you want to see the great, bitchy, booze/angst/sex/drugs-fueled godmother to "Desperate Housewives," you’ve come to the right place! Based on author Jacqueline Susann’s runaway best-seller – which practically created a cottage industry in glossy, sex-drenched soap operas on page and screen – VALLEY also co-stars the tragically beautiful Sharon Tate as B-movie queen Jennifer. Our enormous thanks to our friends at 20th Century Fox for striking a new print of this 1960s classic! Trailer

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New 35mm Print! THE LOVE MACHINE, 1971, Sony Repertory, 108 min. Dir. Jack Haley Jr. Mind-numbingly entertaining, guilty-pleasure fun and another unapologetically trashy ride from the pen of author Jacqueline Susann. John Phillip Law is Robin Stone, an unscrupulous TV executive who will figuratively and literally screw anyone he has to in order to rise to the top. He becomes entangled in liaisons with various beauties, and has to contend with Dyan Cannon (the sexy young wife of network head, Robert Ryan), Jodi Wexler and petulant gay photographer Jerry Nelson (a memorable performance by David Hemmings) as he realizes his ambitions. But the precarious balancing act soon causes his ego-driven empire to begin to crumble. With a supporting cast that includes Jackie Cooper, Shecky Greene. Dionne Warwick sings the opening theme, "He’s Moving On." NOT ON DVD Screening introduced by Alonso Duralde (author of 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men). Trailer


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Sunday, December 14 – 7:30 PM

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (LA PASSION DE JEANNE D’ARC), 1928, Janus Films, 82 min. Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer. No mere biopic or conventional period piece, Carl Theodor Dreyer's masterpiece is one of the landmarks of silent cinema. Maria Falconetti is heartbreaking as the legendary young woman who died for God and France, and Dreyer's close-up-driven style brutally forces the audience to share her pain. No director, not even Bergman, has ever been as conscious of the camera's ability to explore the mysteries of the human face. With the new music score by Richard Einhorn. "* * * * *…Stunning in its power, uncompromising… Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent masterpiece from 1928 all but scorches a hole in the screen." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK). (Screened from a digital source) Trailer