The Stanford Theatre

Gene Kelly Film Festival

"Gotta Dance!"


The Stanford Theatre is dedicated to bringing back the movie-going experience of Hollywood's Golden Age. It is one of the few places where you can still watch movies on a big screen projected the way they were intended — in 35mm prints. Great classic films were not made to be watched on a video screen in your living room. They depend on a larger-than-life image, and the shared reactions of a real audience.

The Stanford Theatre first opened in June of 1925. For decades nearly every important Hollywood picture played there on its first release. The people of Palo Alto saw them all for the very first time in this theatre.

In 1987 the Packard Foundation bought the theatre and restored it to its original condition. It quickly became America's most popular classic movie house. More people saw Casablanca there on its 50th anniverary in 1992 than at any other theatre in America.

The non-profit Stanford Theatre Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and public exhibition of films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. This means classic movies in a classic movie palace, complete with Wurlitzer organ rising from the orchestra pit every night before and after the 7:30 show, or providing the accompaniment to “silent” films.


Note: This is an unofficial posting of the Stanford Theatre schedules, from published information. This site is in no way connected with the Stanford Theatre nor the Stanford Theatre Foundation. Please check out the official site at http://www.stanfordtheatre.org in case this schedule isn't quite up-to-date! Programs are subject to change. For information, call (650) 324-3700.


(Showtimes in parentheses are for the Saturday and Sunday screenings.)


October 8 – 25: closed

October 26 – 28:
Brigadoon (1954) (3:35), 7:30
d Vincenti Minnelli. w Alan Jay Lerner, from the musical play by Lerner & Frederick Loewe. ph Joseph Ruttenberg. MGM. 108 min.

Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson, Jimmy Thompson, Elaine Stewart, Barry Jones, Eddie Quillan.

Two Americans (Kelly and Johnson) stumble upon a magical village in Scotland, which comes to life once every hundred years. In stereophonic sound.

Songs by Lerner & Loewe include: Down on MacConnachy Square, Waitin' for My Dearie, I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean, The Heather on the Hill, Almost Like Being in Love, Entrance of the Clans, Wedding Dance, The Chase.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 27, 1990; last played June 2013

"People! I ain't people! I'm a shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firmament. It says so. Right there!"
Singin' in the Rain (1952) 5:35, 9:30
d Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly. w Adolph Green, Betty Comden. ph Harold Rosson. m Nacio Herb Brown. MGM. 104 min.

Gene Kelly (Don Lockwood), Donald O'Connor (Cosmo Brown), Debbie Reynolds (Kathy Selden), Millard Mitchell (R.F. Simpson), Jean Hagen (Lina Lamont), Rita Moreno (Zelda Zanders), Cyd Charisse (Dancer), Douglas Fowley (Roscoe Dexter).

Perhaps the most popular film musical of all time is set in Hollywood at the dawn of talking pictures. Silent stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are making their first sound picture. When Lina's voice doesn't quite match her glamorous image, up-and-comer Kathy Selden steps in.

Singin' in the Rain has been the eleventh most widely attended film at the Stanford Theatre — 47,820 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre July 27, 1991; last played June 2018


October 31 – November 1:
The Three Musketeers (1948) 7:30
d George Sidney. w Robert Ardrey. ph Robert Planck. m Herbert Stothart. MGM. 125 min.

Gene Kelly, Lana Turner, June Allyson, Frank Morgan, Van Heflin, Angela Lansbury, Vincent Price, Keenan Wynn, John Sutton, Gig Young, Robert Coote, Reginald Owen, Ian Keith, Patricia Medina.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 24, 1948; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

The Pirate (1948) 5:35, 9:45
d Vincente Minelli. w Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, from the play by S.N. Behrman. ph Harry Stradling. m/ly Cole Porter. MGM. 102 min.

Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, George Zucco, the Nicholas Brothers.

The young Manuela (Judy Garland) mistakes circus clown Serafin (Gene Kelly) for the notorious pirate Macoco in this Cole Porter musical.

Songs by Cole Porter include Nina, Mack the Black, Be a Clown, and Love of My Life,

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 12, 1948; last played May 2011


November 2 – 4:
On the Town (1949) (3:55), 7:30
d Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. w Betty Comden & Adolph Green. ph Harold Rossen. m Leonard Bernstein & Roger Edens. MGM. 98 min.

Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Vera-Ellen, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Tom Dugan, Florence Bates, Alice Pearce.

Three sailors on 24-hour leave take in the sights of New York. Joyous and exuberant, On the Town was filmed (partly) on location amidst mobs of enthusiastic fans.

The original 1944 stage version, with music by Leonard Bernstein, ran for 462 performances on Broadway. The film version, which contains additional songs with music by Roger Edens, was a major MGM hit.

On Broadway the lyric ran "New York, New York, a helluva town!" Prudish Hollywood had to change it to "a wonderful town," but On the Town remained a helluva film.

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 13, 1994; last played Sep 2002

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) 5:45, 9:20
d Busby Berkeley. w Harry Tugend, George Wells. ph George Folsey. m/ly Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Roger Edens. MGM. 93 min.

Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Betty Garrett, Jules Munshin, Edward Arnold, Richard Lane, Tom Dugan.

Attractive period musical about a baseball team being taken over by Esther Williams.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 24, 1949; last played Jul. 1994


November 5 – 6: closed

November 7 – 8:
Anchors Aweigh (1945) 7:30
d George Sidney. w Isobel Lennart. ph Robert Planck. m/ly Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn. MGM. 139 min.

Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, Jose Iturbi, Sharon McManus, Carlos Ramirez, Dean Stockwell, Pamela Britton.

Two sailors on leave in Los Angeles look for romance. Gene Kelly does his famous dance with Jerry the cartoon mouse.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 28, 1945; last played Jul. 1994

For Me and My Gal (1942) 5:35, 10:00
d Busby Berkeley. w Richard Sherman, Sid Silvers, Fred Finklehoff. ph William Daniels. md George Stoll, Roger Edens. MGM. 104 min.

Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, George Murphy, Marta Eggerth, Ben Blue, Richard Quine, Horace McNally.

A couple of small-town vaudevillians dream of playing at the Palace Theatre in New York. Gene Kelly's first movie.

Songs include For Me and My Gal, Oh, You Beautiful Doll, and When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 13, 1942; last played Sep 2006


November 9 – 11:
Cover Girl (1944) (3:25), 7:30
d Charles Vidor. w Virginia Van Upp, Marion Parsonnet, Paul Gangelin. ph Rudy Mate, Allen M. Davey. songs Jerome Kern & Ira Gershwin. Columbia. 107 min.

Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman, Phil Silvers, Jinx Falkenburg, Leslie Brooks, Eve Arden, Otto Kruger.

A Brooklyn chorus girl becomes a top fashion model (with a wealthy suitor), but she can't forget where she really belongs.

"Big time from the word go, Cover Girl deserves to stand among the best film musicals of all times... The dancing of Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly is superb... All of these statements of facts leave a reviewer slightly breathless. But that's the way Cover Girl leaves an audience." Hollywood Reporter

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 30, 1944; last played July 2009

Les Girls (1957) 5:25, 9:30
d George Cukor. w John Patrick, from the novel by Vera Caspary. ph Robert Surtees. m/ly Cole Porter. MGM. 114 min.

Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor, Taina Elg, Jacques Bergerac, Leslie Phillips, Hery Daniell, Patrick MacNee.

A former showgirl publishes her memoirs and is sued by another former showgirl for defamation of character. The resulting trial explores the differing viewpoints of the participants, in the spirit of Rashomon.

Les Girls was Cole Porter's final score. While it may lack the energy of MGM's top musicals, it features the wonderful Kay Kendall as Lady Wren, the author of the scandalous memoirs.

"There are many enjoyable moments in Les Girls and most of them include Kay Kendall" Tony Thomas

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 23, 1999; last played Apr 1999


November 12 – 13: closed

November 14 – 15:
It's Always Fair Weather (1955) 7:30
d Gene kelly, Stanley Donen. w/m/ly Betty Comden, Adolph Green. ph Robert Bronner. md André Previn. MGM. 101 min.

Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Michael Kidd, Dolores Gray, Cyd Charisse.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

Summer Stock (1950) 5:30, 9:25
d Charles Walters. w George Wells, Sy Gomberg. ph Robert Planck. md Johnny Green. MGM. 109 min.

Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria De Haven, Marjorie Main, Phil Silvers, Ray Collins, Nita Bieber, Carleton Carpenter, Hans Conried.

Judy's last film for MGM was this story of a girl and the troupe of actors who stay at her farm for the summer and put on a show.

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 14, 2001; last played June 2001


November 16 – 18:
The Young Girls of Rochefort [Les Demoiselles de Rochefort] (1967)
w/d Jacques Demy. ph Ghislain Cloquet. m Michel Legrand. Parc Film. 127 min.

Catherine Deneuve, François Dorléac, George Chakiris, Gene Kelly, Danielle Darrieux, Grover Dale, Michel Piccoli.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

An American in Paris (1951) 5:25, 9:50
d Vincente Minnelli. w Alan Jay Lerner. ph Alfred Gilks & John Alton. m George and Ira Gershwin. MGM. 113 min.

Gene Kelly (Jerry Mulligan), Leslie Caron (Lise Bouvier), Oscar Levant (Adam Cook), Georges Guetary (Henri Baurel), Nina Foch (Milo Roberts).

American painter Jerry Mulligan (Kelly) pursues Parisian gamine Lise Bouvier (Caron). Best Picture of 1951 and six other Oscars. The famous ballet (inspired by Renoir, Rousseau, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other French painters) is one of the greatest artistic creations in the cinema.

An American in Paris has been the twenty-ninth most widely attended film at the Stanford Theatre — 28,774 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre June 22, 1990; last played July 2015