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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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Click to print Page 1 or Page 2 or Full Text of a September 2009 Calendar!
Series compiled by:Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Program notes by Zana Smith.

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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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<<< September 3 - 12, 2009 >>>

Apparitions, Hauntings & Supernatural Sightings


Thursday, September 3 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: POLTERGEIST, 1982, Warner Bros., 114 min. Dir. Tobe Hooper. The Freeling family’s normal life is shattered when malevolent forces kidnap 5-year-old Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke), forcing her desperate parents to seek assistance from a team of academic ghost hunters and a wacky psychic dwarf. With Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Dominique Dunne, Beatrice Straight, Zelda Rubenstein. Trailer | Roger Ebert Review

THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, 1973, 20th Century Fox, 95 min. Dir. John Hough. Four researchers gather at a haunted house and quickly find themselves under siege by malevolent spirits.  Roddy McDowall and Pamela Franklin star in this eerie horror film, scripted by Richard Matheson from his novel Hell House. Trailer



Friday, September 4 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: 25th Anniversary! GHOSTBUSTERS, 1984, Sony Repertory, 105 min. Dir. Ivan Reitman. Parapsychologists Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd start Ghostbusters, a company that traps ghosts, spirits and other supernatural specters for money. Business starts to pick up when Sigourney Weaver notices strange phenomena in her apartment’s kitchen, such as eggs frying themselves. When the situation escalates, the Ghostbusters are called upon to save the Big Apple. Trailer | Roger Ebert Review

GHOSTBUSTERS II, 1989, Sony Repertory, 108 min. Dir. Ivan Reitman. The entire original cast (including Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd) returns for this anything-goes sequel.   This time the guys begin as washed-up has-beens, but they’re called back into action when "bad vibes" accumulate in the city’s sewer system.  Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts also return. Discussion in between films with director Ivan Reitman (schedule permitting). Trailer



Saturday, September 12 - 7:30 PM
Triple Features, Trilogies and Triple Bills!
Enjoy three classic films for the price of one! This month’s Aero Triple Bill presents the PHANTASM trilogy from writer-director Don Coscarelli (BUBBA HO-TEP).

PHANTASM, 1979, 88 min. Don Coscarelli burst onto the scene with his first horror film, an eerie and totally original cult classic. Two brothers discover that something evil lurks within their neighborhood cemetery and soon find themselves battling the Tall Man, one of the scariest villains in horror history, played to masterful effect by Angus Scrimm. "Strong point of the feature is that it’s played for both horror and laughs." – Variety Trailer:

PHANTASM II, 1988, Universal, 97 min. Dir. Don Coscarelli. The Tall Man returns in this bigger-budgeted studio sequel to PHANTASM, in which James LeGros joins series regular Reggie Bannister as he takes on Angus Scrimm.  This film contains all the energy and originality of the first, but with bigger resources and wilder set-pieces. Trailer:

PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD, 1994, 91 min. Director Don Coscarelli’s third time out helming the saga of the Tall Man is another assault of flying silver spheres and stolen corpses. "In a way, it’s a commentary on many of the brain-dead action films of the period. It’s all fairly absurd, but Coscarelli retains his enthusiasm and imagination with a healthy sense of ridiculousness." – Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid. Discussion in between PHANTASM & PHANTASM II with director Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Kat Lester and Bill Thornbury. Trailer: