The Stanford Theatre

Summer 2014

The Stanford Theatre is dedicated to bringing back the movie-going experience of Hollywood's Golden Age. 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.

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 in case this schedule isn't quite up-to-date! Programs are subject to change. For information, call (650) 324-3700.

June 23 – 26: closed

June 27 – 29:
"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) (3:35), 7:30
d Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly. w Adolph Green, Betty Comden. ph Harold Rosson. m Nacio Herb Brown. MGM. 104 min.

Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Millard Mitchell, Jean Hagen, Rita Moreno, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley.

Perhaps the most popular film musical of all time is set in Hollywood at the dawn of talking pictures. Silent stars Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lena Lamont (Jean Hagen) are making their first sound picture. When Lena's voice doesn't quite match her glamorous image, up-and-comer Debbie Reynolds steps in.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 27, 1991; last played June 2013

"We're off to see..."
The Wizard of Oz (1939) 5:35, 9:25
d Victor Fleming & King Vidor. w Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Wolfe, from the book by L. Frank Baum. ph Harold Rosson. songs E. Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen. MGM. 102 min.

Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick.

One of the most beloved films of Hollywood's Golden Age, The Wizard of Oz continues to enchant adiences more than 70 years after its premiere. You haven't really been to Oz until you've seen it on our big screen in glorious Technicolor, with an audience.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 3, 1939; last played Dec 2011

June 30 – July 3: closed

July 4 – 6:
Singin' in the Rain (1952) (3:35), 7:30

The Wizard of Oz (1939) 5:35, 9:25

July 7 – 10: closed

July 11 – 13:
Singin' in the Rain (1952) (3:35), 7:30

The Wizard of Oz (1939) 5:35, 9:25

July 14 – 17: closed

July 18 – 20:
The Sound of Music (1965) (3:00), 7:30
d Robert Wise. w Ernest Lehman, from the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. ph Ted McCord. m/ly Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. 20th Century-Fox. 172 min.

Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Eleanor Parker, Peggy Wood, Anna Lee, Marni Nixon.

A former nun (Julie Andrews) becomes the governess to a group of children, falls in love with their widower father, and leads them all to safety from the Nazis in war-torn Austria.

This film was an anachronism in the 60's, but it was a box-office sensation and may possibly have pleased more people than any film in history.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 23, 1991; last played Jan 2006

July 21 – 24: closed

July 25 – 27:
The Sound of Music (1965) (3:00), 7:30

July 28 – 31: closed

August 1 – 3:
"With blackest moss the flower pots were thickly crusted, one and all."
My Fair Lady (1964) (3:00), 7:30
d George Cukor. w Alan Jay Lerner, from the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. ph Harry Stradling. m Frederick Loewe. Warner Bros. 175 min.

Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Britt, Theodore Bikel, Isobel Elson, Mona Washbourne, Walter Burke.

The film version of My Fair Lady (Best Picture of 1964) came nearly a decade after the Broadway musical. In the meantime, Lerner and Loewe created the music for Gigi. Although Audrey Hepburn had played Gigi on Broadway in 1952, she turned down the role in the 1958 film. Many people in 1964 thought that Julie Andrews should have played Eliza (as she did on Broadway). It may be a little hard to accept Audrey as a guttersnipe in the early scenes, but future generations will surely be grateful to rediscover in this film the most authentic fair lady of our age. The world will be grateful that Cukor's film preserves Rex Harrison in one of the great performances of the twentieth century.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 8, 1990; last played Jul 2012