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Potter Film Festival celebrates Half-Blood Prince release


The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica
Friday July 15 - Sunday July 17, 2005

To help celebrate the release of the new book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in July, you are invited to join The American Cinematheque for all three of the Harry Potter movies together over one special weekend! These incredibly entertaining films have remained faithful to author J.K. Rowlings’ vision, and are great fun for adults as well as kids!

Friday, July 15 - 8:00 PM
Harry Potter Celebration & Pajama Party!

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, 2001, Warner Bros. 152 min. Dir. Chris Columbus. The first of the Harry Potter series begins on our hero’s 11th birthday, the day Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) discovers that he is a wizard and then leaves the dreary world of his aunt and uncle for the magical world of Hogwarts. In his initial year at the school, he meets his two best friends, the well-meaning but often-clumsy Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and charming know-it-all Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). He also encounters a three-headed dog, learns how to play Quidditch, meets the wonderful Professor Dumbledore (Richard Harris) and the lovable giant Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) - and comes face to face with his deepest, darkest fear, in the form of "He Who Must Not Be Named"!

Party following at Every Picture Tells A Story (1311 Montana Avenue). The new HARRY POTTER book, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince, will be available at Midnight at the bookstore!!

Saturday, July 16 - 7:30 PM

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, 2002, Warner Bros. 161 min. Dir. Chris Columbus. The adventures of Harry Potter continue! Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his second year at Hogwarts School of Wizardry with Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), despite an ominous warning by an elf named Dobby that an imminent threat awaits him at the school. Mysterious voices whisper from within the walls, and soon various students end up frozen like stone. What terrible monster could be responsible? The answer lies within the long-lost Chamber of Secrets. Kenneth Branagh joins the cast as the delightfully pompous Gilderoy Lockhart. With Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman.

Sunday, July 17 -- 5:00 PM

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, 2004, Warner Bros., 141 min. Dir. Alfonso Cuaron. In the 3rd installment of the series, the sinister Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from prison and is coming after Harry (Daniel Radcliffe). At Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione find themselves struggling with the emotional pressures and changes of their early teenage years, while trying to confront the threat posed by the mysterious Prisoner of Azkaban and the true nature of the anguished Defense Against the Dark Arts professor (David Thewlis). A shade darker than the first two films, THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN is still chock-a-block with superb special F/X, a true sense of magic and mystery, and wonderful performances by series regulars Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith, plus newcomers Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon, who replaced the late Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore.


The Aero is located at 1328 Montana Avenue (at 14th Street) in Santa Monica, California For directions, please visit

There is metered parking and free street parking is also available on Montana Avenue and the cross streets surrounding the Aero. Please check posted signs. Parking north of Montana Avenue is generally limited to two hours.

All shows are open to the public. The ticket prices are:

General Admission $9.00
Cinematheque Members $6.00
Seniors 65+/Students w/valid ID $7

Tickets are available in-person at the theatre box office on the day of an event only. The box office opens 2 hours prior to showtime. Cinematheque members have the first priority to purchase tickets when the box office opens.

For info on joining the American Cinematheque, please visit ©

Published May 28, 2005

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