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The Stanford Theatre

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Address: 221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
Phone Number: +1 650-324-3700
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Best place to see vintage movies

This old movie theater was restored to its former glory by David Packard. You can see great classic movies here, including silent movies, as you enjoy the ambiance of a fine old... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This old movie theater was restored to its former glory by David Packard. You can see great classic movies here, including silent movies, as you enjoy the ambiance of a fine old theater.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful, comfortable, friendly, and inexpensive -- the Stanford Theatre is the perfect venue for classic old movies! Excellent live organ music entertains the audience in this Palo Alto landmark. Fresh, cheap popcorn and drinks are the icing on the cake.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Experience the Golden Age of cinema at the Stanford Theatre. This is a one of a kind experience to be able to see classic films in a classic theatre. I recommend planning to watch both feature presentations, so that you can see the organist perform during the intermission. The old organ rises from below the stage and is played between... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

For years they have had a great selection of the "Old Goodies" . . .at my age it's like visiting an old favorite neighborhood . . . when I'm bored and need cheering up . . . this is where I go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 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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