221 University Avenue,
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Firms: Weeks and Day
Functions: Movies (Classic)
Styles: Greek Revival
Previous Names: Fox Stanford Theatre
News About This Theater
- Aug 11, 2008 — The Stanford Theater: Old Films Are New Again
The Stanford Theatre, a beautiful Greek/Assyrian style movie palace, first opened on June 9, 1925 with Reginald Denny in “I’ll Show You the Town”. It had an original seating capacity of 1,454. It is equipped with a Wurlitzer 3 manual 21 ranks organ. It was built and operated by the Peninsula Theatres Company and later operated by Fox West Coast Theatres, some remodeling was carried out in 1956 to the plans of Gale Santocono. It was closed in 1976.
In 1987, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation purchased the theatre (located in downtown Palo Alto, California) to preserve the historic building and provide a proper setting for exhibiting films from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
The Stanford Theatre Foundation was established for the purpose of operating the theatre and promoting the preservation and public appreciation of classic films. Today, the theatre’s programming consists of 100% classic films, primarily from the years 1920 through 1965.
It was closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and reopened on July 9, 2022.
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