Four Seasons of Film!

KCET's quarterly screening series is back for the Summer at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica! Join us as we preview new, exciting films prior to their local release. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond.

Upcoming Film: Tuesday July 15: Get On Up at 7pm

Buy Season Passes Now: To purchase passes for the Summer Cinema Series, call 747.201.5800, download and mail in the registration form here, or purchase passes online.

Registrations are now open for our early Fall KCET Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre. Download your registration form here or call 747.201.5800.

2014 Summer Series
Summer Series:

June 3, 1, 17, 24. July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

All films start at 7pm
6/3: Lullaby
6/10: Third Person
6/17: Earth to Echo
6/24: Boyhood
7/1: And So It Goes
7/8: Land Ho!
7/15: Get On Up
7/22: Bite the Bullet
7/29: What If
View film and schedule details

Cost Levels:
$171 per person for current KCET Members Only
$190 per person non-members


All films and guests are subject to change.
Q&A's are immediately following the screenings.
Security checks might occur at any of the screening without prior notice to members.
You may be required to leave all cell phones with camera capabilities or cameras in your car.
For KCET Cinema Series information call 747.201.5800.

Sponsored By
Sponsored By: James and Paula Coburn Foundation

Preview 'Get on Up'

The next exciting film at the Summer KCET Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre, Santa Monica is the James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'. Join us as host Pete Hammond introduces us to the film's star Chadwick Boseman at our exclusive post screening Q&A.

'Get on Up!' Screening Info:


  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    7:00 PM


  • Aero Theatre
    1328 Montana Avenue
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

Please call (747) 201-5800 for information.

The Synopsis: In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster "The Help," Tate Taylor directs "42's" Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in "Get on Up." Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter and Jill Scott.

Audio Q&A: 'Land Ho!'


On Tuesday July 8, KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond spoke with the co-writer and co-director of Land Ho! Aaron Katz about his first feature release, working with his wife for the first time and the experience of working on an American indie film shot almost entirely in Iceland.

Preview 'Land Ho!'

Join us next week for 'Land Ho!'

A pair of 60-something ex-brothers-in-law set off on a road trip through Iceland, hoping to reclaim their youth. Their picaresque adventures, from trendy Reykjavík to rugged outback, are a throwback to classic bawdy road comedies as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship.

'Land Ho!' Screening Info:


  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    7:00 PM


  • Aero Theatre
    1328 Montana Avenue
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

Please call (747) 201-5800 for information.

The synopsis: Join us next week for 'Land Ho!'
A pair of ex-brothers-in-law set off on a road trip through Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth by non-stop escapades at Reykjavík nightclubs, trendy spas and rugged camping. The film is reminiscent of the 1980s road trip comedies and explores aging, loneliness and friendship. The film is directed by Aaron Katz, one of the top young low-budget indie film directors along with Martha Stephens. The film stars Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn.

Audio Q&A: 'And So It Goes'

Rob Reiner and Pete Hammond And So It Goes Q&A

Actor, writer, director and producer, Rob Reiner has created some of the most memorable and loved American Cinema. Films such as This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, Stand by Me and A Few Good Men are engrained in the popular culture.

But it was while working on his film The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson that Reiner got the inspiration to make And So It Goes.

When on a press junket to promote the film Nicholson was asked what was on his personal bucket list. When the actor replied 'One more great romance' the wheels began turning for Reiner who set about creating a film about people falling in love later in life.

Hear Rob in our exclusive Q&A podcast with KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond as they discuss how the film was made and how women are just more mature than men.

Audio Q&A: 'Earth to Echo'

Q&A, Earth to Echo screening

Writing for has clearly paid off for Henry Gayden with the release of his first feature film Earth to Echo, directed by first time feature director Dave Green. A regular writer for our famous Food blog, Henry is the screenwriter of this wonderful new sci-fi buddy pic reminiscent of classics like 'Stand By Me', 'E.T' and 'The Goonies'.

The film is told from the perspective of the 13 year old central characters who are spending their last night together as best friends before being forced to move due to the construction of a new freeway. Their night takes a turn when they make a stunning discovery and meet a special creature that is trying to get home.

Henry and Dave joined Pete Hammond for a delightful Q&A, even offering birthday boy Pete some birthday cake while discussing the pressure of shooting a film with special effects in just 28 days, working with young actors and the creation of 'Echo'...

Audio Q&A: 'Third Person'


Academy Award Winner Paul Haggis joins us at the Aero!

Our most recent advance screening was the latest film from Oscar® winner Paul Haggis ('Crash', 'Million Dollar Baby'), 'Third Person'. The film stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, James Franco and Kim Basinger and is a return to the multi-layered story telling of his breakthrough film Crash. Paul joined KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for an insightful and revealing Q&A.

Audio Q&A: 'Lullaby'

The 2014 Summer KCET Cinema Series kicked off at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica this week with the drama 'Lullaby.' The film, written and directed by Andrew Levitas. is about a man confronted with his estranged father's choice to be taken off of life support within 48 hours. Levitas and actress, Anne Archer were our guests for a lively Q&A following the screening.

Listen to the podcast here:

Audio Q&A: 'Tasting Menu'


The KCET Cinema Series served up it's last supper at the Television Academy!

The final night of the Spring KCET Cinema Series at the Television Academy was a literal cinematic feast with Magnolia Pictures ''Tasting Menu'. A wonderful Spanish/Irish co-production, the film tells the story of the closing night of one of Spain's most celebrated restaurants and its devotees gathering for the last supper. Fionnula Flanagan (Waking Ned Devine, The Others, Transamerica) stars as the Countess and joined KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for a 'delicious' Q&A after the film.

Listen to the podcast here:

Plan Now For The Summer KCET Cinema Series

Registrations are now open for the Summer KCET Cinema Series - Aero Theatre, Santa Monica.

The Summer KCET Cinema Series begins on June 3 and runs through July 29 at the historic Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and is sponsored by the James and Paula Coburn Foundation.  Eight evenings of independent and Hollywood films shown prior to their theatrical release in Los Angeles theatres, plus a classic James Coburn film night.  

Each film is followed by a lively Q & A with the talent or filmmaker moderated by series' host Pete Hammond. Films screen on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. To purchases passes to the series call 747.201.5800 or go to

Audio Q&A: 'The Railway Man'


Tuesday, April 8 saw the advanced screening of Australian / British Co-production 'The Railway Man' based on the autobiography by Eric Lomax. After the screening we were joined by one of the film's stars Hiroyuki Sanada who revealed his experiences of being a Japanese born actor in Hollywood and the importance of sharing this incredible story.

Listen to the podcast below:

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