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The Stanford Theatre

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Movie Theaters, Cultural, Historical
221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA
URL: The Stanford Theatre  Phone: 650-324-3700
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Activity Overview

Experience classic Hollywood films in the best way possible at the historic Stanford Theatre. This classical, independent movie theatre has a history that stretches all the way back to 1925 right in the midst of Hollywood's Golden Age. Once the theatre came into the hands of the Stanford Theatre Foundation it was renovated to stand as it is now, a glorious reminder of a long gone era. The Stanford mostly shows films which date from the 1920s to the 1960s and makes a memorable change from another visit to your local multiplex. It's cheaper too!

Things to Do

  • The Theatre regularly hosts festivals of old movies. Previous programs have included festivals dedicated to Film Noir, the movies of Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa and Satyajit Ray as well as retrospectives on the work of Lauren Bacall, Bette Davis, Marlon Brando, John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor. Fans of silent film are in for a treat with showings accompanied by the theatre's own Mighty Wurlitzer Organ!
  • The building which houses the Theatre is a marvel in itself. It is built in a neo-classical Greek/Assyrian style and provides an impressive home for these great movies. Perhaps that is one reason why the Stanford Theatre regularly accounts for a quarter of all classic film attendance in the entire U.S.A.

The Stanford Theatre Insider Tips

  • There are two parking areas that are located near to the Stanford Theatre. One can be found at Bryant Street while the other is on High Street. Alternatively the main Palo Alto Caltrain station is also nearby.

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