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A great place to watch old movies!

This is a lovely theater, lovingly restored by David Packard. They run series of movies (for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Carol Z
Palo Alto, California
Blast from the Past

This beautiful Art Deco theater is a great place to watch old time classic movies. You will be... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Mychelle F
San Francisco, California
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221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a lovely theater, lovingly restored by David Packard. They run series of movies (for example a month of Katharine Hepburn, a month of silent films, and so on). The seats are comfortable. The audience neither talks nor uses cell phones nor puts their...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Carol Z
Reviewed November 7, 2018

This beautiful Art Deco theater is a great place to watch old time classic movies. You will be surprised at how filled up the theater gets and the audience participation makes the movie that much more special. Don't expect lounge seating but you will get...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mychelle F
Reviewed October 6, 2018

This is a big wow. The theatre is completely restored. The organ pops out of the floor and the organist begins the show. They usually show old movies. That said, the classics are not as classic to some as they are to others. You hear...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DaftLifeofAdulting
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

When the luscious red velvet curtains open to reveal the title credits you know you are in for an incredible cinema treat. David Packard meticulously restored this Palo Alto treasure and if you haven’t visited do it right now. I was there for the opening...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marybart
Reviewed July 23, 2018

My wife and I went to see an old movie here. Great experience. Cheap price, cheap popcorn, refurbished. Like you step back in time. The organist comes out of the stage. Awesome. We will go back.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Richardfreetoroam
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

The exquisitely refurbished Stanford Theatre is quite a bargain!! A double feature showing vintage films, a organist who entertains during performances. The rich detail bespeaks of a bygone era. They have a mini museum of old movie posters and memorabilia. A great evening after dinner...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank rogerlyles
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Double features of classic films (Marx Brothers, Preston Sturges, Ealing comedies...) for $7 - popcorn, candy, soda at great prices

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ashish B
Reviewed December 28, 2017

Beautiful theatre building that shows restored classic films. It's like going to the movies in the 30's! And the live organ that rises up out of the pit to perform between the two showings is the best part of the evening!

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Dan C
Reviewed October 16, 2017

Depending on movies. Nice location and in the thick of activity in Palo Alto for before the show and after!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Patti R
Reviewed October 14, 2017

The Stanford Theater is a classical independent movie theater, located on University avenue, Palo Alto, which did show all kinds of movies until it was restored and transformed into a classic Hollywood movie theater in 1989 by David Packard, who aimed to bringing back the movie-going experience...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank John M
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