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“Great Theater for 'Oldies'” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Stanford Theatre

The Stanford Theatre
221 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 324-3700
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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Theater for 'Oldies'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Don't miss a chance to visit this beautifully refurbished non-profit theater for great classic films of different eras. Double features are still the norm, with an excellent organist who plays tunes of the past during intermission. Admission and popcorn are inexpensive. Quite a treat for old movie buffs.

Visited November 2012
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Mountain View, California
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“Awesome Place in Palo Alto!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Perfect for Palo Alto, the Stanford Theatre screens old movies in an old-fashioned, antique-y theatre setting. Between films, a live organist pops up from the orchestra pit. The seats are comfortable, theatre/opera style. It's just a classy experience overall.

Tickets aren't very expensive: less than $10, which is a rarity at most cinemas today. And the popcorn? Two. fitty. Two dollars and a half. You could pay it in coins. For a large.

It's also right in the heart of downtown Palo Alto-- meaning plenty of nice bars and restaurants are in the immediate area for before or after!

Visited October 2012
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Palo Alto, California
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“Beautiful place, the best popcorn too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Catch an old movie, listen to the harpsichord play and get some of the best popcorn at the movies! They often have great old movies, and occasionally ones that haven't held up so well. Pick your movies wisely.

Visited January 2012
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Menlo Park, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“go for the silent movies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This place was restored by one of the Packard kids, and is a great example of local movie theaters. The place shows a solid selection of pre-code classics, and if you're in town and want to unwind for a few hours, you could do far worse. Even better is if you find the silent movies are on, and they've got the Mighty Wurlitzer (organ) coming up from the floor, which is fun, and a slice of older California.

Visited July 2012
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mountain view, ca
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“The most special thing about Palo Alto!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Where else can you see rare and/or classic films like "Breakfast at Tiffanys", "Gigi", "Casablanca", "The Philadelphia Story", or "North by Northwest" in a lovingly restored theater on the big screen? Where else can you do this for such a reasonable price ($7 gets you the double feature, with Mighty Wurlitzer organ performance in between shows)? Nowhere but the Stanford Theatre, folks.

Parking in downtown Palo Alto can always been a bit tricky, so leave yourself plenty of time to get to the theater, find a seat, and get settled. The concessions are cheap, the ambiance is incredibly beautiful, and the audience is respectful. This is our favorite place to take out-of-town visitors to experience something uniquely special about our area, and it is 100% our favorite place for a date night too. There is an adjacent room that houses some special collections and memorabilia, often related to the festival currently showing, so make time to walk through that room before or after your show.

The theater does not offer advanced sales for movie tickets *EXCEPT* for their Christmas eve showing of "It's a Wonderful Life," which has become so many locals' holiday tradition that it sells out in advance every year.

Visited October 2012
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