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The Stanford Theatre

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Address: 221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
Phone Number: (650) 324-3700
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Beautiful place to see Classic movies

Great old movie house with the mighty worlitzer coming up out of the pit and everything. Movies are classics Plus I was head of the construction team that initially... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Marty K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great old movie house with the mighty worlitzer coming up out of the pit and everything. Movies are classics Plus I was head of the construction team that initially reconstructed the theater in 1989 to show the wizard of oz so I am biased insofar as the theater really adds to our cultural heritage. Plus the work was very challenging... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the best deal for evening entertainment in Palo Alto. You can purchase a ticket for a double feature and large popcorn for around $10. The theater is beautifully restored including the organ that rises and descends through the floor in front of the screen. Movies are old classics and change every 2 days so check the schedule if... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My son, my niece, and I saw the black & white version of Sabrina at the Stanford Theater. My 12 year old son was riveted to the screen! We sat toward the back and yet the experience was magnificent. The move, of course, is wonderful. You just can't go wrong with Bogart and Hepburn. So, consider that for a moment.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Before we saw our black and white flick - Jack Lemmon's first movie - on the big screen, we listened to the pipe organist play. After the music the organ automatically sank into the orchestra pita displaying the best in early 20th century mechanical engineering marvels. In this theatre you become part of history as you imagine the patrons enjoying... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Vintage films in an art deco masterpiece with inexpensive tickets and popcorn (great quality!) The seats are original and not the most comfortable, but the overall experience is wonderful~

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

If you like old movies, you need to see one here. It is an old theater kept going - so I am told - through the passion of an owner who doesn't need to maximize profit with this very valuable land. Silent movies? Often the Mighty Wurlitzer will rise from the floor below the screen and you will hear live... More 

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Menlo Park, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Thanks to David Woodley Packard, the Stanford Theatre has been restored to its former 1920s glory, complete with Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Packard's affiliation with the LA Film Archives means the Stanford gets the very best prints available of classic films from the 1910s to the '50s. Ticket prices are amazingly low (senior tickets are $5 for a double feature), and... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Fabulous old movie theater with one screen, no fancy sound effects ( except the organ), fairly priced snacks and a well curated selection of classic movies. There is always a double feature with organ music in between movies. Series are based on a theme - actors, directors, music, etc. The Stanford is a community treasure!

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

If you like old films, particularly black and white ones, the is the place to go. I saw the uncut version of Wings a silent WWI movie and the organ was played through the whole 3 hour movie. The theatre has been lovingly restored by the son of one of the founders of HP

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Palo Alto, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

The Stanford Theatre is a great venue to watch old, restored films in their original glory. If you can, sit in balcony, go on a night when they have a live wurlitzer (most nights I think) and go early enough to browse the display of old movie posters in a side room. What make this theatre even better yet is... More 

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