October 19 – 21, 2018 at the Aero Theatre


HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre presents an in-person tribute to two time Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, October 19-21 at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403).

Few directors have balanced commercial and artistic filmmaking as effortlessly as Ron Howard. Whether it be from in front of or behind the camera, or for film, television or documentaries, Howard has been a part of many of the most significant projects in every decade since the ’60s. Beginning as an actor in both films (THE JOURNEY and THE MUSIC MAN) and television (“The Andy Griffith Show”), Howard knew from a very young age that he would become a director. Throughout the 1960s and into the mid-’70s, the aspiring filmmaker first rose to fame onscreen, thanks largely to his performances as Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days” and in George Lucas’ 1973 AMERICAN GRAFFITI, in which he played a former high school class president heading off to college.

“The American Cinematheque is pleased to present this tribute to Ron Howard, a gifted filmmaker, and beloved actor,” said Rick Nicita, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Cinematheque. “His talents have contributed to many successful and acclaimed movies over a long span of time, both before and after he received the American Cinematheque Award in 1990. We look forward to our next tribute to Ron Howard.”

Howard kicked off his directing career for producer Roger Corman in 1977, helming the comedic road movie GRAND THEFT AUTO. As a vehicle for Howard to show off his writing and directing skills, it paved the way for the higher-profile comedy NIGHT SHIFT (1982), which starred Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, and Henry Winkler. With a firm footing in Hollywood, Howard directed a number of commercial hits in rapid succession: SPLASH, COCOON, GUNG HO, WILLOW and PARENTHOOD. He was the recipient of the American Cinematheque Award in 1990.

Howard further solidified his status as a box office-friendly auteur with the critically acclaimed APOLLO 13, a riveting re-creation of a real-life space crisis. The film received nine Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Sound and Best Film Editing. Six years later, Howard himself took home Oscars for Best Director and Best Film for the Russell Crowe-led biopic A BEAUTIFUL MIND. In the 21st century, Howard remains a powerhouse of superbly crafted dramas such as CINDERELLA MAN, THE DA VINCI CODE, FROST/NIXON, RUSH, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA and STAR WARS: A SOLO STORY.

The schedule for the retrospective is as follows:


Friday, October 19 – 7:30 PM


PARENTHOOD will be shown in a 35mm original answer print. COCOON is an archival 35mm print. Discussion between films with director Ron Howard and writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.

Saturday, October 20 – 7:30 PM


APOLLO 13 screens in a Never-Before-Screened 35mm Print! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, FROST/NIXON also screens in a Never-Before-Screened 35mm print.

Discussion between films with director Ron Howard and Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, moderated by F.X. Feeney.

Sunday, October 21 – 4:00 PM

WILLOW (this screening is sold out, standby line only)

WILLOW screens in a 70mm print.

Discussion following with director Ron Howard and writer Bob Dolman.