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'Planet of the Apes' marathon: Kenneth Turan's film pick

February 16, 2012 |  4:00 pm

"Planet of the Apes"

That's right, as part of its only-in-Los Angeles “Mayan Calendar Countdown” tribute to the potential end of the world, the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is having a “Planet of the Apes” marathon Saturday, showing five films that preceded last year's franchise reboot, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

The series starts at 5 p.m. with 1968's original “Planet of the Apes,” with Charlton Heston expressing anguish at a civilization run by sophisticated simians, and ends at who knows what ungodly hour with 1973's “Battle for the Planet of the Apes,” which even finds room for a John Huston cameo.

In between, we get “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” “Escape From the Planet of the Apes” and “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.” That's a heck of a lot of apes for the $11-$15 ticket range.

Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.


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Photo: "Planet of the Apes." Credit: 20th Century Fox

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