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The Stanford Theatre

221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
+1 650-324-3700
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Always love this theater!

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

Reviewed 6 days ago
Patti R
An oasis of style and calm amid the bustle of life – just wish popcorn could be banned!

The Stanford Theater is a classical independent movie theater, located on University avenue, Palo... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John M
Lyon, France
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“double feature” (14 reviews)
“big screen” (13 reviews)
“classic films” (10 reviews)
221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
+1 650-324-3700
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank Patti R
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank John M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A heritage theatre right in the midst of the bustling University Avenue, screens only Old movies pre 1970s. They have an afternoon (3pm) and an evening (730pm) show daily. It was really an experience to watch MY FAIR LADY (the 3pm show or matinee as...More

Thank Chandra253
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Beautifully restored theatre offering vintage classic movies. From the organ to the traditional concession stand to the balcony experience it is a must see if you enjoy old movies. There is also a gallery of vintage movie posters which is awesome.

Thank CAF1715
Reviewed 30 August 2017

If you love classic movies this is the place to go! Located in downtown Palo Alto, close to restaurants and bars. Free parking nearby also at the city hall (not sure if parking is free during the day). Whenever I go north to visit my...More

Thank Anita S
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This is a wonderful place to visit if you are a fan of classic old movies or want to get the experience of attending a movie before the days of the big multi-plexes. The theatre has been completely restored to the beauty of its 1925...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 17 July 2017

A great plan is to wander University Avenue, grab a drink and/or meal and then catch a film at Stanford Theater (or visa versa). Even if you're not familiar with the movies being shown, it's worth a visit. The films are usually pretty great (even...More

Thank Sloped_Bench
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This genuine older theater evokes bygone days of visits to the movies. Comfortable seating and great movies make this a must-visit place! Organ music prior to the movies too!

Thank Maurice D
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

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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!