The Stanford Theatre

Rodgers and Hammerstein

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 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 Sunday screenings only.)

September 9 – October 8: closed

October 9 – 11:
Oklahoma! (1955) (3:00), 7:30
d Fred Zinnemann. w Sonya Levien & William Ludwig, book by Oscar Hammerstein, Jr., from the play Green Grow the Rushes by Lynn Riggs. ph Robert Surtees. m/ly Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II. Magna. 143 min.

Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Gloria Grahame, Charlotte Greenwood, Gene Nelson, Eddie Albert.

Wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about a cowboy, the girl he loves, and the early days of Oklahoma. Shirley Jones was just nineteen in her very first film, but her charming performance made her a star. Filmed on location... in Arizona!

first played at the Stanford Theatre March 27, 1993; last played Sep 2001

October 12 – 15: closed

October 16 – 18:
Carousel (1956) (3:00), 7:30
d Henry King. w Phoebe & Henry Ephron, from the musical based on Ferenc Molnar's play Liliom. ph Charles G. Clarke. m/ly Rodgers & Hammerstein. 20th Century-Fox. 128 min.

Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Gene Lockhart, Barbara Ruick, Robert Rounseville.

Beautiful locations, Rodgers and Hammerstein songs and Shirley Jones' touching performance are highlights in this film about a na´ve young girl who marries a no-good carnival barker. This dark musical was not the usual Fox escapist musical fare.

first played at the Stanford Theatre April 12, 1956; last played Oct 2006

October 19 – 22: closed

October 23 – 25:
The King and I (1956) (3:00), 7:30
d Walter Lang. w Ernest Lehman. ph Leon Shamroy. m/ly Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. 20th Century-Fox. 133 min.

Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Alan Mowbray, Geoffrey Toone, Terry Saunders.

Opulent Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about a prim English governess who journeys to Siam to teach the king's many children.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 25, 1956; last played Apr 2013

October 26 – 29: closed

October 30 – November 1:
South Pacific (1958) (3:00), 7:30
d Joshua Logan. w Paul Osborn, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan, from Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener. ph Leon Shamroy. m/ly Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. 170 min.

Mitzi Gaynor, Rossanno Brazzi, Ray Walston, John Kerr, France Nuyen, Juanita Hall.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 1, 1959; last played Jan 2000

November 2 – 5: closed

October 22 – 25:
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 July 2014