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American Cinematheque Announces Aero Theatre’s Digital Upgrades, Summer Series of Classics & Restorations

American Cinematheque Announces Aero Theatre's Digital Upgrades, Summer Series of Classics & Restorations

The American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre announces its new upgrade, which includes state-of-the-art high performance digital projection and sound at its 435-seat Santa Monica venue.

Cinematheque director Barbara Smith states, “The American Cinematheque’s dedication to exhibiting the best available screening copy on the big screen will clearly be enhanced by our ability to show pristine digital restorations to our audiences. The new digital system joins our pair of classic Norelco AAII film projectors, capable of screening 35mm and 70mm.” The Aero is already a favorite amongst Los Angeles cinephiles, and these upgrades will make their Summer series of restorations and classics even more appealing — it includes “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Citizen Kane,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “The Red Shoes” and many more classics.

Further details and The DCP series lineup listed below:

The additions to the Aero Theatre booth include an NEC 3240S Digital Cinema Projector, the most powerful and highest resolution Digital Cinema projector being delivered. With a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and a light output of 33,000 lumens, this projector compliments the only Harkness Hall theatrical micro-perf screen installed in Los Angeles. This means that from any seat in the house theatre goers will see no screen perforations or projector artifacts. A Dolby Digital Cinema Server is installed with an in-projector Integrated Media Block that provides decoding of the high 4K resolution of many studio restorations and upcoming feature releases. This Integrated Media Block also provides the higher frame rate display of the emerging SMPTE standards for 48 and 60 frame per second 2D and 3D motion picture production.

The latest updates for the newest audio formats have also been installed. The Aero can now screen every audio format including 70mm blockbuster roadshow films, 7.1 channel features and all the Digital Cinema distribution masters.


Thursday, July 12 – 7:30 PM
DCP! A STAR IS BORN, 1954, Warner Bros., 170 min.

Friday, July 13 – 7:30 PM
Double Feature:
DCP! TAXI DRIVER, 1976, Sony Repertory, 113 min. Dir. Martin Scorsese.

World Premiere Restoration!
DCP! THE COLLECTOR, 1965, Sony Repertory, 119 min. Dir. William Wyler.

Saturday, July 14 – 7:30 PM
DCP! GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939, Warner Bros., 222 min. Dir. Victor Fleming.

Sunday, July 15 – 4:00 PM
DCP! JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, 1963, Sony Repertory, 104 min. Dir. Don Chaffey.

Sunday, July 15 – 7:30 PM
DCP! THE LEOPARD (IL GATTOPARDO), 1963, 20th Century Fox, 185 min.  Dir. Luchino Visconti.

Thursday, July 19 – 7:30 PM
DCP! 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, 1968, Warner Bros., 139 min. Dir. Stanley Kubrick.

Friday, July 20 – 7:30 PM
Humphrey Bogart Double Feature:
DCP! CASABLANCA, 1942, Warner Bros., 102 min. Dir. Michael Curtiz.

DCP! THE AFRICAN QUEEN, 1951, Paramount, 105 min. Dir. John Huston.

DCP! CITIZEN KANE, 1941, Warner Bros., 119 min. Dir. Orson Welles.

Sunday, July 22 – 4:00 PM
75th Anniversary! DCP! SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, 1937, Disney, 83 min. Dirs. William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen.

Sunday, July 22 – 7:30 PM
Double Feature:
DCP! LAURA, 1944, 20th Century Fox, 88 min. Dir. Otto Preminger.
Los Angeles Premiere of New Restoration!
DCP! BONJOUR TRISTESSE, 1958, Sony Repertory, 94 min. Dir. Otto Preminger.

Wednesday, July 25 – 7:30 PM
DCP! DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB, 1964, Sony Repertory, 93 min. Dir. Stanley Kubrick.

Thursday, July 26 – 7:30 PM
DCP! THE DEER HUNTER, 1978, Universal, 183 min. Dir. Michael Cimino.

Friday, July 27 – 7:30 PM
Double Feature:
DCP! BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, 1961, Paramount, 115 min. Dir. Blake Edwards.
DCP! TWO FOR THE ROAD, 1967, 20th Century Fox, 111 min. Director Stanley Donen.

Saturday, July 28 – 7:30 PM
DCP! RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, 1981, Paramount, 115 min. Dir. Steven Spielberg.

Sunday, July 29 – 5:00 PM
DCP! THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, 1956, Paramount, 220 min. Dir. Cecil B. De Mille.

Wednesday, August 1 – 7:30 PM
DCP! THE RED SHOES, 1948, MGM/Park Circus, 133 min. Dirs. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.

Thursday, August 2 – 7:30 PM
Double Feature:
DCP! FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, 1953, Sony Repertory, 118 min. Dir. Fred Zinnemann.
DCP! LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING, 1955, 20th Century Fox, 102 min. Dir. Henry King.

Friday, August 3 – 7:30 PM
DCP! THE SHINING, 1980, Warner Bros., 142 min. Dir. Stanley Kubrick.

Saturday, August 4 – 7:30 PM
DCP! ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (C’ERA UNA VOLTA IL WEST), 1968, Paramount, 165 min. Dir. Sergio Leone.

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