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. It was designed and built in the 1920s as a movie palace styled in neoclassical Persian and Moorish architecture. Today it specializes in films produced between 1910 and 1970 and seasonal programs typically include 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 built at a cost of USD $300,000 and opened in 1925. It was purchased in 1987 for $7.7 million and restored by David and Lucile Packard Foundation at an additional cost of $6 million for a 1989 grand opening of The Wizard of Oz.[1][2][3] It is currently operated by the Stanford Theatre Foundation, led by David Woodley Packard, the son of Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard.[4] 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 United States.[5]

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  1. ^ The Stanford Theatre, "The Stanford Theatre: History,"(retrieved on January 11th, 2015).
  2. ^ Palo Alto Online - Big crowd delays Varsity decision
  3. ^ Palo Alto Online - Twenty-five years of community news coverage
  4. ^ Stanford Theatre at Cinema Treasures
  5. ^ 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