Aero Theatre
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Series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica

Thu, Sep 5, 2019 - Sun, Sep 8, 2019

Our French noir series returns for its fifth year, digging deeper into what author-programmer Don Malcolm calls the “lost continent” of French film noir. This year's festival includes favorites from such directors as Henri-Georges Clouzot (QUAI DES ORFÈVRES), Costa-Gavras (THE SLEEPING CAR MURDERS and Julien Duvivier (PANIQUE), and stars including Jean Gabin (MAIGRET AND THE ST. FIACRE CASE) and Alain Delon (PURPLE NOON).


Thu, Aug 15, 2019 - Fri, Aug 16, 2019

John Dahl got hooked on the movies by A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and eventually relocated to Los Angeles to learn how to make them at the AFI Conservatory. Numerous shorts and music videos later, Dahl made his feature debut with KILL ME AGAIN. Starring Val Kilmer as a private detective hired to fake a woman’s death, the thriller falls squarely into neo-noir territory. It would not be the last time the writer-director would visit the genre.


Thu, Aug 8, 2019 - Sun, Aug 11, 2019

Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016) was among the most revered filmmakers of the Iranian New Wave. This weekend retrospective of the writer-director's work includes rare shorts and such acclaimed dramas as CLOSE-UP, Palme d'Or winner TASTE OF CHERRY and his “Koker trilogy” of films set in that northern Iranian village.


Tue, Aug 6, 2019 - Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Beginning this month, we bring weekday afternoon programs to the Aero on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM. Bargain priced at $6 – and free to American Cinematheque Members - these single feature “Dysfunctional Family Matinees” include PSYCHO, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, TOKYO STORY and MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW.


Thu, Jul 11, 2019 - Thu, Aug 22, 2019

The escapist fantasy of screwball comedy and the gritty pessimism of film noir aren’t completely distinct. Our "Highballs and Screwballs" series salutes the intersection of dark and light with pairs of films sharing talent, a locale or story elements with such classics as DOUBLE INDEMNITY, HIS GIRL FRIDAY and KEY LARGO.


Sat, Jun 29, 2019 - Sun, Jun 30, 2019

Since her first foray into feature filmmaking in 2006, Lynn Shelton has emerged as one of the most successful indie directors and one of the most sought-after TV directors in the business. This weekend salute to the writer-director includes such favorites as YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, OUTSIDE IN and HUMPDAY as well as her new comedy SWORD OF TRUST - with Shelton in person at all shows.