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It was bound to happen sooner or later.

For the third time since their 2005 divorce, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston nearly came face-to-face at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood Friday. (The couple have only been in the same place twice since their split: in 2009 at the Academy Awards and in 2010 at the Hope for Haiti telethon; they didn't cross paths at either event.)

Pitt, 47, took four of his children with Angelina Jolie --  Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 6, and Shiloh, 5 -- to see the 2:00 showing of Martin Scorsese's Hugo, starring Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jude Law. See pics of Brad and his brood at the ArcLight.

Once the family flick ended, Pitt and his brood headed to the parking garage just as Aniston, 42, and current love Justin Theroux entered the theater for a later showing. See pics of Jen and Justin at the ArcLight.

"Justin and Jennifer skipped the popcorn and went straight in. Like five minutes later, Brad and the kids came out of the theater," a source tells X17. "They just missed each other!"

Perhaps it was a good thing the ex-spouses managed to steer clear of each other. "They don't talk," an Aniston insider told Us Weekly in September. "She will always think of him as a jerk."