THE STANFORD THEATRE

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Let’s all move to Palo Alto, California!

Why? Because it has an old style movie palace which shows classic film double bills ALL THE TIME!

 

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And a Mighty Wurlitzer organ. And 35mm prints too.

The programming is 100% classics, from the 1920s through to the 1960s.

The STANFORD THEATRE was bought by David. W. Packard of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 1987. After spending over $100 million  and restoring it to its original splendour, the theatre re-opened in 1989 with a showing of THE WIZARD OF OZ.

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Situated on University Avenue, Palo Alto, the Stanford charges $7 entry!

Examples of their programming over the summer of 2016 include double bills of ALL ABOUT  EVE/THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR;

BORN YESTERDAY/ IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU;

JULIUS CAESAR/ ANIMAL CRACKERS.

 

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David W. Packard

In a LA Times interview by Kenneth Turan in March,2016, David Packard  said : “I’m a lucky guy who’s had the resources to support things I care about. I’m doing this because I love these movies and I want them to survive.”

With close ties  to UCLA, the Packard Humanities Institute has funded a $150 million facility at Santa Clarita to house the  UCLA Film and TV Archives. It is designed for storage of nitrate film, research and film preservation.

 

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The Stanford opens in 1925 with a Reginald  Denny film, I’ll Show You The Town.

 

 

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The Stanford website has a wonderful section where you can view all the films that the Stanford showed during the classic years. All collated from the Palo Alto Times newspaper.

http://www.stanfordtheatre.org

eg. On July 1st,1948, the  Stanford had T MEN and THE WOMAN IN WHITE, Thursday thru Saturday.

 

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Through recent years, there have been countless festivals at the Stanford – Olivia De Havilland’s centenary,

Bette Davis,Complete Early Films, 1931-38.

Film Noir and Pre-Code..     The Films of Deanna Durbin.

Twentieth Century Fox, The Zanuck Story.

And their double bill festivals run to 30 or 40 films on occasion!

 

 

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The Stanford Theatre Gallery in the lobby displays film posters  and other items.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has visited this amazing cinema.

I did contact the management for a comment but,alas, received no reply.

 

 

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4 responses »

  1. When I lived in San Francisco I frequently went to see many films there. The Theater is quite stunning and David should be proud of what he’s done for Classic Films.

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