Stanford Theatre

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Stanford Theatre
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Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto California
Location 221 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94022
Type Indoor theatre

The Stanford Theatre is a classical independent movie theater in Palo Alto, California. The theater features neo-classical Greek/Assyrian style architecture and generally screens films made between the 1920s and 1960s. Often an entire month is devoted to film festivals for various genres, directors, and actors, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, and Cary Grant.


Designed by architects Weeks and Day, the theater was originally opened in 1925. In 1987 was purchased and restored by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. It is currently operated by the Stanford Theatre Foundation, led by David Woodley Packard, the son of Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard.[1] The Theatre has a "The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ" theatre organ made by Rudolph Wurlitzer Company. The Stanford Theatre frequently accounts for as much as twenty-five percent of all classic film attendance in the USA.[2]

See also[edit]

Packard Humanities Institute


  1. ^ Stanford Theatre at Cinema Treasures
  2. ^ The Palo Alto History Project, "The Stanford Theatre: As Time Goes By," by Matt Bowling (retrieved on June 5th, 2010).

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Coordinates: 37°26′42″N 122°09′46″W / 37.44507°N 122.16270°W / 37.44507; -122.16270