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The Stanford Theatre

Address: 221 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone Number: (650) 324-3700
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Palo Alto
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Atlanta, Georgia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I love this theater! It is a very authentic old moving watching experience, complete with pipe organ playing before and after the movie. I wish I had one of these where I lived I would visit every week! I cannot wait to return!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We saw Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce) double feature on a Friday night. Place was packed! Very nostalgic, fun seeing old movies on big screen in historical theater, and enjoyed the live organ music between the movies.

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Carmel, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Holiday movies in a nostalgically beautiful setting can not be beat and has to be experienced. I wrote a long review about this theatre, look for it and go there.

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Stanford, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I love this restored classic movie theater. It's like transporting back to the 1950s with a screen curtain, balconies, an organist playing before/after shows (and during intermissions), and even the price harkens back to the halcyon days - 2 for 1 low price, and the concession stand prices are also quite affordable. Plenty of space, too - you probably never... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This Palo Alto theater has always been my favorite as I am a sucker for nostalgic things. Long ago, I saw Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn right before a bicycle trip in Italy. Quite a few years back I introduced my daughter to the Wizard of Oz, her first ever outing watching a movie on the big screen. It was... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

I love coming here by myself to watch the variety of films they play. Once in a while there's a featured theme or actor. Do come by early to check out the old posters in the museum as well as enjoy the wurlizter organ that rises up in front of the screen. It's super affordable and you can catch 2... More 

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Long Island, NY
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We loved watching classic film in a beautiful old theatre with the tradtional organ player. And the snack bar was very afforable! Super fun with my teen daughter.

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Saratoga, CA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Don't miss the oportunity to enjoy a classic movie in this beautifully restored downtown Palo Alto theater. Double features, reasonable goodies and popcorn, plus an organist between features. We are blessed to have the Stanford Theater in our area.

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Palo Alto
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Google this venue for more details - it has an amazing history. Elegantly restored, with an authentic "silver screen," this theater shows classic movies sometimes accompanied by "the mighty Wurlitzer" organ which rises up out of the floor. Don't miss the museum room behind the concessions which has a collection or gorgeous old movie posters.

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San Francisco
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56 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

How can one not like the Stanford Theatre. It is an older movie house restored to its former elegance (back to the days when one went to the moves in high heels and nylons and men in hats and suits). Only older films are shown, many, perhaps most, in black and white, but all were winners in their day. For... More 

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