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“Excellent theater, excellent movies, excellent price!” 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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Ranked #4 of 21 Attractions in Palo Alto
Type: Theaters
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“Excellent theater, excellent movies, excellent price!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

Come see great, old movies in a grand, restored theater, at a wonderful, low price. Even the candy, popcorn, and soda is cheap! But the experience is fantastic!

But some like to bring a pillow as the chairs (upstairs, at least) are a bit hard. But I don't mind. I love this place!!!

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Sunnyvale, California
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“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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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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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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“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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