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Get ready for Godzilla-Thon, a six-film marathon of Japanese sci-fi classics starring everyone's favorite radioactive lizard. The program begins, as it must, with Ishirô Honda's 1954 original Gojira, which launched the kaiju craze and exorcised the demons of a country recovering from a decisive defeat during WWII. The five remaining films include Destroy All Monsters (featuring no fewer than 11 giant creatures), Godzilla's Revenge (aimed mainly at youngsters), Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (in which the adversary is the three-headed Ghidorah), Godzilla vs. Mechagozilla (wherein the big green guy fights a robot version of himself), and Godzilla vs. Megalon (which had the distinct honor of being spoofed on Mystery Science Theater 3000). $25 buys you a seat for the whole shebang.
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., May 25, 7:30 p.m.; $25. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com.
Also opening Friday, May 25: Booksmart; Echo in the Canyon; Avengment; Diamantino; Funny Story; The Poison Rose