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Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501 C 3 non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences.

The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

Please join the Egyptian Theatre for a month of Widescreen Wednesdays, which will include screenings of REBEL WITHOUT A CA– USE, EAST OF EDEN, BARAKA, OKLAHOMA! and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.

More about CinemaScope

In CinemaScope!
Wednesday, June 2 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
Double Feature:
REBEL WITHOUT A CA– USE, 1955, Warner Bros., 111 min. Director Nicholas Ray’s awesome, mythic saga of teen disobedience and alienation in 1950s America made James Dean and co-star Natalie Wood instant cultural icons. Ray’s use of color and the CinemaScope format remains groundbreaking to this day.
EAST OF EDEN, 1955, Warner Bros., 115 min. Dir. Elia Kazan. James Dean is brilliantly cast as shy Cal, a pre-WWI teenager who can’t escape from the shadow of his perfect brother, Aaron (Richard Davalos). He is also a rebellious black sheep who will do almost anything to gain the love of his strict father (Raymond Massey), a desire that may destroy those around him, but may also, in the end, offer him his last chance at redemption. With a great cast that also includes Julie Harris, Albert Dekker, Burl Ives and a cameo by Timothy Carey. In CinemaScope!
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In 70mm!
Wednesday, June 9 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
70mm Print!
BARAKA, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. Inspired by the Sufi word meaning “breath of life,” BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe — shot in 24 countries on five continents — from director-cinematographer Ron Fricke (who photographed the earlier KOYAANISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson (the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely without dialogue in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70mm images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking.
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In CinemaScope!
Wednesday, June 16 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
OKLAHOMA!, 1955, IDP Distribution, 145 min. Fred Zinnemann directs Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert and Gloria Grahame in this dynamic version of the groundbreaking Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Two cowboys find love with Grahame and Jones and stubbornly deal with their feelings while an evil hired hand and a common peddler try to ruin the romance. This Oscar winner for Best Music also features astonishing, revolutionary choreography by Agnes de Mille. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!
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In CinemaScope!
Wednesday, June 30 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 1959, 20thCentury Fox, 171 min. Dir. George Stevens. Adapted from the real-life diary of 13-year-old Anne Frank (Millie Perkins), who chronicled the experience of her Jewish family’s life in hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland. A moving, true story that families should watch together. Academy Award winner for Art Direction and Cinematography. In CinemaScope!
Discussion following the film with actresses Millie Perkins and Diane Baker.
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Keep an eye out for cinema spectaculars in CinemaScope, Vistavision or 70mm with the American Cinematheque’s Widescreen Wednesdays series! While a film on the big screen is perfection for movie lovers, a film on the extra big screen is a must-see, visually-redefining experience.

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