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The Stanford Theatre

221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
+1 650-324-3700
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Great old theater

Just saw Breakfast at Tiffany's this weekend. Just wish the rotation of movies was longer than a... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
Palo Alto, California
shows only old movies...

this is a beautiful old theatre..the only one left in the area. it shows only old films. i saw a... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Palo Alto, California
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“organ music” (11 reviews)
221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
+1 650-324-3700
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Just saw Breakfast at Tiffany's this weekend. Just wish the rotation of movies was longer than a week as I don't look at calendar and schedule to be able to make some movies in such a small window for the year.

Thank fjaplit
Reviewed 29 March 2017

this is a beautiful old theatre..the only one left in the area. it shows only old films. i saw a night to remember which has seldom ever been shown in the us.. before and after the movie an excellent musian plays the organ...equally old and...More

Thank asbowers
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This is a wonderful theater in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. It has been redesigned to mimic the grand theaters of days long past. It has a wonderful turn over of films ranging from the silent era through to the great black and white...More

Thank kevinlortie
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The large theater shows very old movies at a very cheap price. We only paid $5 to get in and $1 for popcorn, for a double-feature. It is not to be missed. The giant screen is another plus. And you can save your money for...More

Thank SeeTheWorld4Peace
Reviewed 15 February 2017

David Packard's movie theatre is a classic treasure from the 1920's located downtown Palo Alto n the center of the high tech valley. Not only are the historic interiors restored correctly and beautifully, but he has a delightful staff working in the box office and...More

Thank k2deco
Reviewed 15 February 2017

MY favorite part is the organ that rises and lowers before the show and between double features. Some of the films are dated/campy, which is why I put 4 not 5 stars, but people know this going into it. Films were just made differently then...More

Thank Doc94301
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a beautifully restored retro movie house. Anyone who went to those Saturday matinees will be taken back to another era. The seats are old school meaning little legroom but it adds to to experience. At intermission, an organist plays. Sometimes if a silent,...More

Thank Larkmont
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Love the Stanford Theatre. All the great old films in comfortable chairs in a beautiful environment. Prices are great and the popcorn is the best anywhere. I've been known to just stop by for a bag of popcorn.

Thank who_is_just_me
Reviewed 26 November 2016

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.

Thank Joan S
Reviewed 22 November 2016 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.

Thank ruthiewilkins1
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Is it possible to rent out the theatre for a 60th birthday party?
23 January 2015|
Response from Kumi M | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure you could contact the theater directly and ask! Tell us all what you find out!