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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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One Night Special Events in October:


Also see Outfest Wednesdays!

Easy to Assemble

Wednesday, October 7 – 7:30 PM BIG-SCREEN PREMIERE

Premiere! "Easy to Assemble," Season 2, 2009, 65 min. Dir. Greg Pritkin. Illeana Douglas (playing herself) is hired to add some "showbiz sparkle" to her local Ikea. She finds she can't escape Hollywood when manager Erik (Eric Lange) suggests she compete for the "Co-Worker of the Year" title against fellow actress Justine Bateman. Illeana starts to come up with inventive ways to win, including staging a dance number in the warehouse and trying to get Sweden’s favorite band, Sparhusen, to come out of retirement and play at the store. Trailer

Plus "Triumph of Sparhusen," 2009, 11 min. Dirs. Chris Bradley & Kyle LaBrache. On the night of July 25, 1974, Swedish band Sparhusen came to a tragic end in a plane crash. In this never-before-seen footage, Sparhusen works with mercurial record producer Worste Feirron (Keanu Reeves) and manager Bjorn Eppstein (Wallace Langham) on album "Apples and Fish." Plus: Live performance by the reclusive band Sparhusen. Kevin Pollak will conduct a discussion after the films with cast members Illeana Douglas, Justine Bateman and Greg Proops. Reception in the courtyard. Trailer


Some Like it Hot 

Thursday, October 8 – 8:00 PM COMEDY

50th Anniversary! SOME LIKE IT HOT, 1959, MGM Repertory, 119 min. Dir. Billy Wilder. Musicians Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon take it on the lam from the Chicago mob, cross-dressing to blend in with an all-girl band and creating a situation where luscious Marilyn Monroe doesn’t know if she’s falling for a playboy (Curtis) or a playgirl. Hosted by Mark Vieria who wrote The Making of "Some Like It Hot" with Tony Curtis. Viera will relate some previously untold behind-the-scenes stories from the book. Book siging at 7 PM in the lobby. Discussion following with the girls from the orchestra including Marian Collier (Olga, the clarinet player) and Marie Foley, Sandra Warner, Joan Layne and Tracy Ross. Trailer



Friday, October 9 – 8:00 PM

Double Feature: 30th Anniversary! ALIEN, 1979, 20th Century Fox, 117 min. From its cool, sinister textures to its (literally) stomach-churning special effects, director Ridley Scott’s ALIEN reinvented the monster-from-space movie as something mesmerizing, inescapable and strangely beautiful. It also introduced the American action heroine, in Sigourney Weaver’s tough-as-nails Ripley, and the H.R. Giger-designed Alien. With Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright. Trailer

ALIENS, 1986, 20th Century Fox, 137 min. Seven years after Ridley Scott’s original ALIEN, director James Cameron reunites us with Ripley, the sole survivor, in 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, going face-to-face with her deepest fears. With Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen and Paul Reiser. Trailer



Saturday, October 10 – 8:00 PM WESTERN

Double Feature: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, 1962, Paramount, 119 min. Dir. John Ford. James Stewart and John Wayne represent opposing but equally necessary forces in John Ford’s great late Western: Stewart is an unassuming lawyer who rises to political prominence as he civilizes the West, while Wayne is the man of violent action rendered obsolete by the passage of time. Vera Miles co-stars as the woman both men love, with additional support from Lee Marvin, Lee Van Cleef, Woody Strode and John Carradine. Trailer

WINCHESTER ’73, 1950, Universal, 92 min. Director Anthony Mann’s breakthrough hit and the first of his James Stewart westerns. Here Stewart chases his murderous brother and a one-in-a-million Winchester rifle halfway across the West. An example of the American action movie at its finest, the film also stars Shelley Winters, Stephen McNally and Tony Curtis. Trailer



Sunday, October 11 – 4:00 PM

FAMILY MATINEEDirector Mel Stuart In Person!

Family Matinee: WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, 1971, Warner Bros., 100 min. Dir. Mel Stuart. "Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination," croons mysterious pied piper Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) in this truly wondrous musical adaptation of writer Roald Dahl’s classic. Follow the five lucky holders of the Golden Tickets (Veruca Salt! Augustus Gloop!) as they and their parents venture inside the enchanted Wonka Chocolate Factory. Director Mel Stuart will appear in person for discussion following the film. Free admission to all children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. One child will be admitted free for each paying adult. Trailer



Sunday, October 11 – 7:00 PM

Art House Classics -- Alan Bates Double Feature: KING OF HEARTS, 1966, MGM Repertory, 110 min. Dir. Philippe De Broca. After a German bomb goes off in a small French town at the end of World War I, the British send soldier Alan Bates in for a reconnaissance mission, where he discovers the only survivors are the patients at a local mental hospital. This hilarious farce connects literal insanity with the ridiculousness of war. Trailer

GEORGY GIRL, 1966, Sony Repertory, 99 min. Dir. Silvio Narizzano. Lynn Redgrave stars in this breezy comic relic of Mod London as the hopelessly unhip Georgina, pining for close chum Alan Bates while roommate Charlotte Rampling jets around looking fabulous. James Mason co-stars as the older businessman who offers to make Redgrave his mistress. Trailer



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Wednesday, October 14 – 8:00 PM


Double Feature: STREETS OF FIRE, 1984, Universal, 93 min. Director Walter Hill’s rock ’n’ roll-fueled pulp classic roars at you like a souped-up roadster with the radio going full blast. B-movie god Michael Paré stars as an enigmatic loner who comes back to town to see his sister (Deborah Van Valkenburg) and save former gal-pal Diane Lane from the clutches of sinister biker Willem Dafoe. Trailer

PURPLE RAIN, 1984, Warner Bros., 111 min. Dir. Albert Magnoli. Pop superstar Prince plays a thinly disguised version of himself: an individualistic Minneapolis rock star struggling to succeed against his competitors and his own emotional demons. Spectacular concert sequences featuring songs from the multiplatinum soundtrack album anchor this innovative musical. Discussion in between films with actors Michael Paré, Deborah Van Valkenburg and E.G. Daily (schedule permitting). Trailler




Thursday, October 15 – 8:00 PM


Fred Dekker In-Person! Director’s Cut!, 1986, Sony Repertory, 88 min. When a couple of pledges thaw out the corpse of a fraternity member who was infected by aliens, they unleash a zombie epidemic on campus. A loving homage to the B movies of the 1950s. MONSTER SQUAD auteur Fred Dekker directs this cult favorite that gave Tom Atkins the role of a lifetime. "The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is...they're dead." Screening in digital HD. Discussion following with director Fred Dekker. Trailer




Saturday, October 17


10:30 AM Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour


For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.) following the tour. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: Tour & movie FOREVER HOLLYWOOD: $10.



Sunday, October 18

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour


Today IS the exact 87th Anniversary of the opening of the Egyptian Theatre back in 1922 when Sid and friends Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Pola Negri sat under the same sunburst ceiling you'll sit under today. To celebrate we are pulling out the SLIDE SHOW on the Egyptian in addition to our docent-led tour.

bigparadepremiere.gif (78018 bytes)For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.) following the tour.

Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: $5. Tour & movie FOREVER HOLLYWOOD: $10.




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Saturday, October 17 – 3:45 – 6:00 PM SCAVENGER HUNT

The American Cinematheque teams with Wise Guys Events for a high-tech Scavenger Hunt. Visit historic locations where Hollywood's spookiest ghosts still dwell, hunt for hidden messages and create your own video masterpieces, "Blair Witch"-style, that will be premiered for all to see on the big screen-- or should we say, on the big SCREAM? It's closer than Knott's, it's funner than the Queen Mary, and it's scarier than anything on Hollywood Boulevard. Bring a team or meet new friends and play the HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD MOVIE GAME. Frights, camera, action! All ticket buyers must e-mail for special pre-event information. One team member must have a smart phone (blackberry, iphone, palm pilot) that can download an app to play the game. If you do not have one, you will be assigned to a team that does. We will e-mail you additional information about downloading the app in advance of October 17. Everyone can play! Then stay for the award show and screening of THE LOST BOYS and THE GOONIES
following a brief dinner break (see below at 7:30 PM for details). Special Ticket Prices: Movie & Scavenger Hunt: $32 General Admission; $30 Student/Senior; $28 Cinematheque Members. For film only, regular prices apply. Official Wise Guys Events Website


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Saturday, October 17 – 7:30 PM

Scavenger Hunt Double Feature: THE GOONIES, 1985, Warner Bros., 114 min. Dir. Richard Donner. Sean Astin, Ke Huy Quan, Martha Plimpton and Corey Feldman embark on a daring adventure that somehow weaves dirt bikes, bank robbers, pirate maps, James Bond-esque gadgetry, Joe Pantoliano and a super-powered mutant named Sloth into a fantastically fast-paced movie! The screenplay by Chris Columbus (GREMLINS), based on Steven Spielberg’s story, does not talk down to kids. Trailer

THE LOST BOYS, 1987, Warner Bros., 97 min. Dir. Joel Schumacher. Jason Patric and little brother Corey Haim move to a California coastal town with their mother (Dianne Wiest), only to find it infested by a gang of teenage bloodsuckers led by Kiefer Sutherland. Joel Schumacher directs this bizarre, spooky and often funny hybrid of the brat pack and vampire genres. The films will begin at 8:00 PM following The Scavenger Hunt award presentation and screening of highlights from the game. The audience will help determine the winners. Fabulous prizes to be announced! Trailer



The 87th Anniversary of the Egyptian Theatre - October 18th

The Egyptian Theatre is one of Hollywood's most historically significant buildings given that it was home to the first Hollywood movie premiere back in 1922. The film was ROBIN HOOD starring Douglas Fairbanks and the date was October 18th. This year the Egyptian turns 87 and the former silent movie palace will once again fill with live music accompanying the classic silent THE BIG PARADE, on the big screen.The American Cinematheque finished a restoration of the landmark building in December 1998 at a cost of $15 million. Now, nearly a decade into the 21st century, audiences can still sit under the same sunburst ceiling as Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and Pola Negri sat under on opening night almost 90 years ago - to watch a silent classic or a digital projection of a state-of-the-art production.

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Sunday, October 18 – 5:00 PM LECTURE

Co-presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

The Great Dane: The Tragic Life and Career of MGM Silent Comedian Karl Dane. (approx. 60 min.) The story of Karl Dane is almost a cautionary tale for our own turbulent economic times. The tall, lanky former carpenter from Denmark shot to stardom when he was signed to play the part of Slim in King Vidor's silent masterpiece THE BIG PARADE, which made its debut at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in 1925. He went on to star in more than 40 films; however, according to Hollywood scandal books, he lost his contract when talkies revealed his Scandinavian accent. Reduced to poverty at the height of the Great Depression, Dane operated a hamburger stand near the very studio gates where he had enjoyed fame and fortune only a few years earlier, before finally committing suicide in 1934. Laura Petersen Balogh, author of the recent book Karl Dane: A Biography & Filmography (McFarland), will draw on her five years of primary research in Denmark and the U.S. to provide an overview of Dane's dramatic life and career. Join us between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. for cake and wine to toast the Egyptian Theatre’s 87th anniversary and for a booksigning with Laura Peterson Balogh. Special Ticket prices: Lecture only: $5 Cinematheque and Art Deco Society Members and $10 General Admission. Lecture and film, THE BIG PARADE: $12 General; $10 student/Senior & $9 Cinematheque or Art Deco Society Members



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Sunday, October 18 – 7:00 PM

Egyptian Anniversary! THE BIG PARADE, 1925, Warner Bros., 140 or 130 min. King Vidor’s 1925 account of World War I delivers both epic sweep and intimate emotional moments in its tale of a young soldier (John Gilbert) who finds solace in the arms of a French woman (Renee Adoree) amidst the horror of war. Made just 7 years after the end of the Great War, the film was the first war picture to tell its story from the point of view of a soldier. While the first half of the film is part light-hearted comedy, the second depicts war very realistically. The three soldiers the film follows, including Karl Dane (Slim), are described in the film in this way:

Here 'Slim' Jensen worked....just one of labor's millions, building a nation." Tobacco chewing, blue-collar steelworker/riveter Slim Jensen (Karl Dane) works high atop a steel skyscraper.

"Along The Bowery were men of another trade. Among them was 'Bull' O'Hara." Bartender 'Bull' Michael O'Hara (Tom O'Brien) wipes a glass clean behind the bar.

"On life's other side were rich men, chiefs of industry...and rich men's sons - such as Jim Apperson." Jim Apperson (John Gilbert), the affable son of a wealthy southern mill owner, belongs to the monied class - he is reclining and lathered up for a shave by a black servant, who asks: "Are you for sure goin' to take a job in your father's mill?" A lounger, he is unambitious and uninterested in productive work: " I should say not!" (for more on the film click here )

Live musical accompaniment by Robert Israel from the original score. Special Ticket Prices: Lecture & Film, THE BIG PARADE: $12 General Admission; $10 Student/Senior; $9 Cinematheque or Art Deco Society Members.



Thursday, October 22 – 7:30 PM SHORTS

ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT REELS, approx. 80 min. The Attack of the 50-Foot Reels returns for its ninth annual challenge to 20 filmmakers to shoot a film with one 50-foot cartridge of Super-8 film. The filmmakers will be in attendance to introduce their short films, which represent the raw potential and grainy magic that can only be achieved with limitations, in-camera editing, 30-year-old cameras and Super-8 film.



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Wednesday, October 28 – 8:00 PM ROBERT MITCHUM

Double Feature: THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, 1955, Sony Repertory, 93 min. Dir. Charles Laughton. Robert Mitchum is astonishing as a sociopathic wandering preacher who uses his fire-and-brimstone fundamentalism to mask his schemes to bilk money from gullible yokels or, when that doesn’t work, to blithely rob and murder them. Trailer

CAPE FEAR, 1962, Universal, 106 min. Dir. J. Lee Thompson. Gregory Peck is an ordinary family man terrorized by psychotic ex-con Robert Mitchum in this adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s THE EXECUTIONERS. A classic Bernard Herrmann score drives this relentless thriller, a finely tuned suspense piece that was remade by Martin Scorsese in 1991. Trailer Book signing of Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of The Night of the Hunter by author Preston Neal Jones between films.


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Thursday, October 29 – 8:00 PM

Los Angeles Premiere! BANKING ON HEAVEN, 2005, Over the Moon Productions, 90 min. An unflinching look at a cult of Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). The polygamist communities of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, are home to a culture that routinely practices child rape, welfare fraud and systematic mind control. Director Dot Reidelbach and writer-producer Laurie Allen, who escaped a similar sect, have constructed a documentary out of hidden-camera footage, interviews with polygamist escapees, "lost boys" (young men and children cast out of the community) and government officials. Writer/Producer Laurie Allen was born into an infamous and violent polygamous sect and escaped at age 16. Her documentary, "Banking on Heaven," exposes the struggles women and children face in a polygamist sect. Laurie and her film played an essential role in the investigation, capture and conviction of former FLDS leader, Warren Jeffs. Laurie remains actively involved in the ongoing criminal trials involving Colorado City/Hildale residents following the April 2008 raid on the FLDS Yearning for Zion ranch in Texas.Discussion following with writer-producer Laurie Allen. Trailer



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Friday, October 30 – 8:00 PM


50th Anniversary! "The Twilight Zone," 1959-1964, approx. 3 hours. October marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of Rod Serling's landmark TV series "The Twilight Zone." Join The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree as we show some of the Emmy-winning series’ unforgettable episodes by Serling, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and George Clayton Johnson. Writers, directors and stars from the series will appear in-person for discussions with Zicree. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of a timeless American classic. Be sure to bring an extra pair of glasses, and be on your best behavior, or you'll end up in the corn field. Discussions with Carol Serling (schedule permitting), Richard Matheson, Earl Hamner Jr., George Clayton Johnson, H.M. Wynant , Robert Butler, Arlene Martel and other talent from the series to be announced.

Tickets for this program available at the door only on the day of the event or in advance. Suggested donation $10.

Here is the rundown of what is happening when:

8:00 PM Introduction with Marc Zicree

IT'S A GOOD LIFE by Rod Serling
NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET by Richard Matheson
KICK THE CAN by George Clayton Johnson

Q&A with host Marc Scott Zicree and Richard Matheson, Earl Hamner Jr, George Clayton Johnson, Robert Butler, William Self, H.M. Wynant, and others.. (Carol Serling schedule permitting)

10:15 - 11:30
THE HUNT by Earl Hamner