Varsity Theatre (Palo Alto)

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Varsity Theatre
Fox Varsity Theatre
New Varsity Theatre
Address 456 University Avenue
Palo Alto, California
United States
Type Film
Capacity 975
Opened 1927
Closed 1994
Architect Reid Brothers

The Varsity Theatre was a single-screen Mission Revival movie palace located on University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. The building is notable for its distinctive neon marquee and elongated, colonnade-lined courtyard.[1]


Following its closure as a theater in 1994, the space was converted into a Borders Bookstore. The chain preserved the exterior and most of the original interior of the building. When Borders was liquidated in 2011, the building remained vacant until 2015.

Current Use[edit]

As of 2015, HanaHaus and a Blue Bottle Cafe operate in the Varsity Theatre building.


  1. ^ An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area, by Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny, Gibbs Smith (2007), p. 176; OCLC 495265729

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