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: TBA

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 here.

Series Information
Summer Series:

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

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

Previewing 'Prisoners'

The latest KCET Cinema Series selection is a thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo. A Boston man kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend after the police fail to find the girls and are forced to release the suspect.

"Prisoners" Screening Info:


  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    7:00 PM


  • Director Denis Villenueve


  • Aero Theatre
    1328 Montana Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

Please call (747) 201-5800 for reservations.

The synopsis:

From Alcon Entertainment comes "Prisoners," a Warner Bros. Pictures' release starring Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman ("Les Misérables") and Jake Gyllenhaal ("Brokeback Mountain"), under the direction of Denis Villeneuve, who helmed the Oscar-nominated foreign language film "Incendies."

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release.

As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Led by Jackman and Gyllenhaal, the dramatic thriller "Prisoners" features an all-star cast, including Maria Bello ("Beautiful Boy") as Keller's distraught wife, Grace; Oscar nominees Terrence Howard ("Hustle & Flow") and Viola Davis ("The Help," "Doubt") as Franklin and Nancy Birch, whose daughter Joy went missing with the Dovers'; Academy Award winner Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") as Alex Jones' Aunt Holly; and Paul Dano ("Looper") as Alex Jones.

Denis Villeneuve directs the film from an original screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski ("Contraband"). Kira Davis, Adam Kolbrenner, and Academy Award nominees Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove ("The Blind Side") are the producers, with John Starke, Ed McDonnell, Stephen Levinson, Robyn Meisinger and Mark Wahlberg serving as executive producers.

Villeneuve is supported by a top-flight creative team that includes 10-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins ("Skyfall"), Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette ("The Young Victoria"), Oscar-winning editor Joel Cox ("Unforgiven"), editor Gary Roach ("J. Edgar"), and costume designer Renée April ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes").

Alcon Entertainment's "Prisoners" is scheduled for release on September 20, 2013, and will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Audio Q&A: 'Thanks for Sharing' with Producer Leslie Urdang


'Thanks for Sharing,' producer Leslie Urdang joined KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond for a post Q & A following the August 27 film screening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Stuart Blumberg ('The Kids Are Alright'), and premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to favorable reviews. The film about sex addicts and their efforts to cope with their disorder stars Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joely Richardson, and Tim Robbins. The film will be released in the U.S. on September 20.

Listen to the podcast below:

Audio Q&A: 'Short Term 12' with Cast Members


The KCET Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, opened the fall series' with Destin Daniel Cretton's Short Term 12, an incredibly intimate look into a foster care halfway house for troubled youths. The film has an extremely impressive cast of young actors and their stellar performances on screen bring meaning to the lives of the young people caught in the foster care system. KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond moderated a post-screening Q & A with cast members Brie Larson (NBC's series Community, 21 Jump Street and the United States of Tara), Kaitlyn Dever (ABC's Last Man Standing, and the FX drama Justified), and upcoming actor Keith Stanfield. The film's producer Asher Goldstein was also on hand for the discussion.

Listen to the podcast below:

Fall 2013: KCET Cinema Series Line-Up


Don't miss your chance to be a part of the KCET Fall Cinema Series at the historic Aero Theatre beginning August 20, proudly sponsored by the Johnny Mercer Foundation!

The nine week series of highly anticipated films launch with the award-winning independent film "Short Term 12," directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and also features "Thanks for Sharing" starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Tim Robbins on August 27; "Inequality For All," a documentary following former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich on September 17; "Rush," directed by Ron Howard; "The Fifth Estate," directed by Bill Condon; a special Johnny Mercer film night; and "All Is Lost," starring Robert Redford.

Click here to see our exciting film list!

Register now online, download the registration form or call us on 747-201-5800 to reserve your seat!

Audio Q&A: 'Jobs' with Director Joshua Michael Stern


Pete Hammond, host of the popular KCET Cinema Series, concluded the summer series at the Aero Theate in Santa Monica with a screening of 'Jobs,' the big screen story of Steve Jobs with a thoroughly believable portrayal of the creative genius by actor Ashton Kutcher.

Director Joshua Michael Stern joined Pete for an insightful post-screening Q & A. Listen to the podcast below:

Get Season Passes for the 2013 Fall KCET Cinema Series


The fall KCET Cinema Series will begin August 20 and run through October 15 at the historic Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Screenings are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM hosted by film expert Pete Hammond. It's nine weeks of highly anticipated films, along with engaging dialogue with filmmakers and talent. The presenting sponsor for the series is The Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the series will include a classic Johnny Mercer scored film. For information and reservations go to or call the KCET Special Events Department at 747.201.5800. KCET current members receive a 10% discount.

Audio Q & A: Johnny Mercer Talk with Miles Kreuger and Howard Green


We screened the Audrey Hepburn classic "Charade" at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Tuesday. The movie was written by acclaimed composer Johnny Mercer and before the screening, Miles Kreuger and Howard Green joined KCET Cinema Series' moderator Pete Hammond for a question and answer session. Kreuger is the foremost expert on the American musical and Green is the producer of the documentary "Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me."

Previewing 'Jobs'

The latest KCET Cinema Series selection is a special screening celebrating the late Steve Jobs. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, it's the big screen story of Jobs and his amazing ascension from college dropout to his transformation into one of the most celebrated creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. The film stars Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs.

"Jobs" Screening Info:


  • Tuesday, July 30, 2013
    7:00 PM


  • Director Joshua Michael Stern


  • Aero Theatre
    1328 Montana Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

Please call (747) 201-5800 for reservations.

The synopsis:

Chronicling the period of 1971 to 1991, Ashton Kutcher stars as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the epic story of the brilliant and passionate entrepreneur whose singular vision launched a digital revolution that changed the way we live forever.

Raised in a working-class suburb of Northern California, Reed College drop-out Steve Jobs was a lost soul aimlessly searching for his identity. He traveled to India for enlightenment and experimented, like much of his generation, with hallucinogenic drugs -- only to find himself toiling in obscurity as a technician for a struggling videogame-maker. Unable to tolerate the confines of a nine-to-five job, he throws himself into marketing a small computer board invented by his brainy childhood pal, Steve "Woz" Wozniak (Josh Gad). Using his natural marketing abilities and combining it with his technological knowledge, Jobs convinces a local electronics-store owner to order 100 units. By recruiting a handful of friends to assemble the units in his parents' garage to fulfill the order, Apple Computers is born!

Moving full-steam ahead with the backing of investor Mike Markkula (Dermot Mulroney), Woz's prototype evolves into the world's first personal computer. Driven by Jobs' relentless pursuit of excellence and his disdain for the status quo, Apple transforms the world of computing, forcing giants like IBM to change course and play catch up. But there's a dark side to Jobs' driving force: a shocking lack of compassion that ultimately leaves a path of discarded lovers, betrayed friends and disillusioned colleagues in his wake.

As Apple expands into a global corporation, Jobs' perfectionism and confrontational style is his ultimate undoing. His insistence on pouring massive amounts of company resources into an unproven product called the Macintosh alienate the company's board, forcing him to turn over control to former Pepsi executive John Sculley (Matthew Modine).

But without Job's vision and leadership, the company drifts further from his lifelong goal of creating sleek, intuitive machines that serve as natural extensions of their users. More than a decade later, a new board decides that Jobs is the only person who can return the shine to Apple. Retaking the company's helm, Jobs sets a course that will turn the once-tiny start-up into the world's most valuable company as he oversees a string of groundbreaking products that will change technology--and the way we live ---forever.

Previewing 'Charade'

The latest KCET Cinema Series selection is a special screening celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 American film classic "Charade," starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.

"Charade" Screening Info:


  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013
    7:00 PM


  • Aero Theatre
    1328 Montana Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

Please call (747) 201-5800 for reservations.

The synopsis:

There is romance and suspense in Paris, as Reggie Lampert (Hepburn) is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. She meets Peter Joshua (Grant) who offers to help her. But he's not exactly who he claims he is.

Who can she trust?

Henry Mancini (score) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics) were nominated for an academy award for best original song in 1964. It will be screening on Tuesday, July 23 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

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