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 22: Bite the Bullet at 7pm

Early Registration for Fall KCET Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre: To purchase passes, call 747.201.5800, download your registration form here, or purchase passes online.

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

Audio Q&A: 'Dallas Buyers Club' with Jennifer Garner


The 'Dallas Buyers Club' screened at the KCET Cinema Series on October 29 to a full house. Matthew McConaughey delivers a riveting portrayal of Ron Woodroof, the homophobic Texas electrician who is diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980's, and his pursuit to find affordable medication and alternative treatments. The cast includes Jared Leto as a transgender AIDS patient, who becomes Woodroof's business partner and friend, along with Jennifer Garner as Dr. Eve Saks.

Jennifer Garner, screenwriters Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, and producers Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter joined series' host Pete Hammond for an insightful conversation about the film, working with McConaughey and Leto, and the years of struggle to get the film on the big screen.

Listen to the podcast below:

Audio Q&A: 'Last Vegas' with Mary Steenburgen


An old school Las Vegas adventure featuring four Academy Award winning legends together for the first time on the big screen. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Klein. Actress Mary Steenburgen stars as the love interest, who was on hand for the post screening Q & A with host Pete Hammond and shared a multitude of behind-the-scenes stories about working with her talented co-stars, insight into her life as an actress, and her marriage to actor Ted Danson.

Listen to the podcast below:

Audio Q&A: 'Captain Phillips' with Producers


Producers Michael De Luca (The Social Network) and Dana Brunetti (Netflix's House of Cards) joined KCET Cinema Series' host Pete Hammond for an insightful post-screening conversation about the making of the riveting docudrama by director Paul Greengrass that tells the perilous true story of the hijacking of an American cargo ship and its captain and crew by Somali pirates in 1991. The film stars Tom Hanks in one of his best on screen performances.

Previewing 'The Fifth Estate'

The latest KCET Cinema Series selection is "The Fifth Estate," a thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.

"The Fifth Estate" Screening Info:


  • Tuesday, October 8, 2013
    7:00 PM


  • Screenwriter Josh Singer


  • Aero Theatre
    1328 Montana Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

Please call (747) 201-5800 for reservations.

The synopsis:
In a dramatic thriller based on real events, DreamWorks Pictures' "The Fifth Estate" reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create an online platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes.

Audio Q&A: 'Rush' with Composer Hans Zimmer


It was a high octane night at the September 24 KCET Cinema Series screening of Ron Howard's "Rush," a film chronicling the rivalry of legendary 1970's Formula 1 racecar drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer scored the film, and joined the series' host Pete Hammond for the Q & A session. Zimmer who has scored an impressive list of more than a 100 films, including Inception, "The Lion King," "Gladiator," "Sherlock Holmes," and "Rain Man" talked about scoring a film and balancing music with the backdrop of loud and powerful race cars throughout the film. Zimmer also shared stories about his other work in music, including his days with the Buggles, whose "Video Killed the Radio Stars" was the first music video to ever appear on MTV.

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Photo Gallery: 'Inequality For All' with Robert Reich and Director Jacob Kornbluth


KCET Cinema Series screened 'Inequality For All' at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica last week. A huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is a 90-minute enlightening documentary about income inequality and why and how it happened to the middle class in America.

A synopsis: Filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth teams up with former U. S. Labor Secretary and economist Robert Reich to offer audiences a non-partisan perspective of why the rich get richer and the rest of us don't. The film traces a serious line back to the 1970's, when the lives of the vast majority of ordinary working class people began a descent into an economic decline.

Fall 2013: NoHo KCET Cinema Series Line-Up

Mark your calendar and get ready for an awesome season of films at the KCET Cinema Series held at the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood. You'll join series' host award-winning film expert and's awards columnist, Pete Hammond for the best of Hollywood and Independent films direct from the top film festivals and prior to their Los Angeles theatrical release. Each screening is followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers and talent from the film. Screenings are Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM for nine weeks.

Call 747.201.5800 to purchase passes to the series, or register online here

Don't delay as the fall series sells out early!

Audio Q&A: 'Prisoners' with Director Denis Villeneuve


On Tuesday, September 10, the KCET Cinema Series screened Prisoners, the latest from French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. A well-crafted psychological thriller, filled with spellbinding twists and turns, revenge and redemption. During the Q & A with Pete Hammond, Villenueve shares with the audience the details of working with screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski and the great cast of Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, Terrance Howard, Melissa Leo, and Viola Davis.

Listen to the podcast below:

Plan Now For The North Hollywood Fall Series


Now that summer is over, it's time to think about the great line-up of movies that you must see before the end of the year. And the best place to see these films is the popular fall KCET Cinema Series, which returns to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood on Tuesday, October 22 for nine weeks of thought provoking and engaging films.

The James and Paula Coburn Foundation will return as the sponsor for this season's KCET Cinema Series.

You'll enjoy eight noteworthy new films before their Los Angeles theatrical release, along with a classic James Coburn film celebrating the film career of this wonderful actor. All screenings are followed by a lively Q & A hosted by series' moderator Pete Hammond along with the film's filmmakers or talent.

We will have a stellar line-up of the best of Hollywood and Independent films, and the top award winners from film festivals. Films will include:

  • "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of author P.L. Travers journey to Hollywood from London to adapt her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson portrays P.L. Travers. The cast includes: Collin Farrell, Ruth Wilson and Paul Giamatti.
  • "Dallas Buyers Club," stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof a Texas electrician and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his quest for alternative treatments.

Register today by calling 747.201.5800, get your passes online here, or use the enclosed registration form here and return it by fax or mail.

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