Max backs the Aero

Palevsky underwrote venue's $500k renovation

HOLLYWOOD — Revelers including Warren Beatty were on hand for a screening of producer Max Palevsky’s fave film, Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Les Enfants Terrible,” on Feb. 23 at an American Cinemateque fete in his honor at the revamped Aero Theater on Montana Avenue.

With the American Cinematheque, Palevsky underwrote the $500,000 renovation of the historic Santa Monica venue — an across town companion to the Egyptian Theater — built in 1940 and now to be called the Max Palevsky Theater at the Aero.

“We have libraries for books. But films are just as important as books,” Palevsky says. “It’s important to have institutions like this that allow people to become acquainted with all there is to learn of cinema.”

American Cinematheque board prexy and CAA co-chairman Rick Nicita felt “the whole Westside community was not being served properly. Couple that need with the tradition and the beauty of this building, and it’s just the perfect thing.”

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