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Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video

Mission: The American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported cultural organization dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents the best of film and video - ranging from the classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. We run the programming at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

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46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the American Cinematheque since 1999. For my volunteer efforts, I get a free popcorn, a free drink, and I get to see free movies. This is my entertainment on a budget! I've met so many film makers by volunteering and working many events at both the Aero and Egyptian Theatres. The organization itself is very well-organized; the volunteer coordinator gives us plenty of notice to sign-up for events each month. I think very highly of this organization and am thrilled to recommend it to others as a way to network by vounteering and/or just making new friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Love the American Cinematheque!!! Preservation and one-of-a-kind promotion of film history, independent and alternative films and events. Film, art, creative interesting people, education...Couldn't find this anywhere else!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great programming and guests, infectious energy. They're driven by enthusiasm and dedication to film, not just what will fill seats.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An LA cinema gem. Staff and volunteers bust their booties to bring rarely screened films, often in 35 or 70mm prints, to the big screens of the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. And that for a lower ticket price than most first-run movie houses. What other screen has films with/by George Pal, Clint Eastwood, Lillian Gish, Dolph Lundgren, Takashi Miike, Omar Sharif, and David Lynch projected upon it all within one month? Go! --Andie C.

Serena4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing movies at a totally acceptable price, and sometimes they're double features, too!
I got the chance to see some great films that otherwise I would have never seen on big screen.
Volunteering for them is a real pleasure, and is you're a film buff you'd be satisfied with the perks!
These people really work hard to offer film series and events that are always interesting and varied for any kind of audience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group does great work. They give the public the opportunity to see vintage films on the big screen in a restored art deco theater setting. The volunteers are helpful and freindly. Kudos

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great programming & staff! Wonderful guests, including musical performances!

Hillary N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with this organization has brought an immense amount of joy to my life. When I am not there, I think about being there. The American cinematheque has helped to restore the Egyptian theater to a beautiful and wonderful place. Furthering film for cinema-lovers everywhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brings great Cinema to Los Angeles. You see films that excite the soul.

Jackie61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Cinematheque is a great organization that makes sure that movies are preserved, and shown as they should be seen; on the big screen. I have been to many events over the years, and I have always had a wonderful time. The first time I saw "Citizen Cane" was there. The staff is wonderful and they all really care about movies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a member/volunteer at the American Cinematheque for six years. During this time I have seen many satisfied clients attend a movie and events. It is exciting to be able to see people enjoy movies on the big screen. Events, such as the Tiki event are very exciting. I don't think there is anywhere else in Southern California where you are able to attend such an event at such a reasonable price. There are also free events, especially around Oscar season, where you can see and have q & a's with directors, etc. It is truly a great experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very energetic and enthusiastic team stands behind the American Cinematheque. They are truly devoted to the world of cinematography and do their best to promote cinematic art and help movies find their audience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

American Cinematheque is one of Hollywood's hidden treasures, a place that once discovered becomes an integral part of life in L.A., an important piece of Hollywood entertainment history preserved for all to experience firsthand through the many wonderful in-house schedule of films, or the many film festivals and film premieres that are held at their Hollywood Boulevard location. It's one of my favorite places to be – so much so that I volunteer for pretty much every movie and event held at the Egyptian Theatre, built by Sid Grauman and home of the very first Hollywood red carpet premier. They still hold these gala events decades later and they do so with the help of all those who love Cinema, Hollywood history, and supporting the arts and architectural gems such as the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. It's my home away from home, come and give it a try and perhaps you'll feel the same. Conserve energy by turning off your a/c at home and coming to one of American Cinematheque's cool and wonderful theatres for a double feature and perhaps some guest speakers between films. See you at the movies!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the two theatres that are part of the American Cinematheque. Both the Egyptian and the Aero Theatre are exceptional. They offer unique events as well as play phenomenal films. Most of the events, screenings, and panel speakers offer a great wealth of information. The staff are corteous, professional, and love being a part of this company. If you are interested in the film industry or just love to frequent movie theaters this is an organization you have to check out.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for several years now. The focus is on saving and restoring movies. While that may not sound as important as somethings, it is the window to our past. Movies are our history, our social review. It's amazing how much a movie can influence us, inform us and educate us.

It's been an enjoyable and educational experience. The focus is always on saving and restoring the movies of our past. There is no waste, hundreds of volunteers give of their time and efforts to stimulate others interest in this important portrait of life, now and then.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being apart of the American Cinematheque! It is a very inclusive institution that is devoted to presenting the best of world cinema to LA audiences. My love of the Cinematheque began even before I starting volunteering there; their monthly programming is the best of any art house movie theater I've ever been to (including great theaters in Boston and NYC) and the staff and fellow volunteers are helpful and enthusiastic. It really is the best place for people who love film and want to be apart of sharing that love with everybody.

Jana B.

Donor

Rating: 5

American Cinematheque is a uniquely L.A. institution, two historic spots to see and appreciate films with audiences who know the art and science of film.

The Aero and the Egyptian stand with one foot in the best of entertainment's past and one foot in what's emerging. Their programmers are smart, eclectic and connected. And because it's beloved by filmmakers and producers, they get access to amazing member screenings and premieres, usually with a director/actor/writer QA.

And, yeah, it DOES take a nonprofit with an unwavering mission and dedicated staff to defy L.A.'s tendency to erase its own past.

updos

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The restoration and re-use of the Aero Theater as a 'neighborhood art house theater' has been fantastic.

1 S. Stephen H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Upon moving to LA many years ago I was soon invited to The Egyptian Theater for an experience that changed my life. Access to film icons and novices alike, The American Cinematheque is the hands down heart of Hollywood forever. Through my experiences, screenings, events and networking, at the theater on the street were it all begun, so did my career.. starting out as a volunteer, then assistant and then as an industry professional, development executive, talent agent and now 3-D IMAX & Transmedia Executive Producer. I can directly point out and direct my successes timelined with the American Cinematheque as The door that turned my Texas dreams into my Hollywood, and now Global production reality. No competition....THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE RULES! I love you...."See you at the movies!"

Tory C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Egyptian Theater is one of THE best hidden secrets in Hollywood. If you haven't experienced it-........find a show you want to see, and come. Or better yet, pick one with live people from the movie who are there, who do a 20-30 min Q and A after. It's all time fantastic. Don't miss it.