News

It's showtime: Stanford Theatre to reopen on July 9

Downtown Palo Alto venue's summer lineup includes Judy Garland musicals, 'Casablanca' and silent comedies

The Stanford Theatre, seen here in 2018, will reopen on July 9, 2022 after the pandemic and renovations shuttered the theater for over two years. Photo by Adam Pardee.

Peninsula film lovers will soon be able to once again catch a classic movie and hear the Wurlitzer play when the Stanford Theatre reopens on July 9 after a closure of over two years. The downtown Palo Alto movie palace on Monday announced its long-awaited reopening, posting a summer 2022 schedule on its Facebook page and website.

The Stanford was among the first Peninsula businesses to temporarily close in March 2020, just ahead of the shelter-at-home orders. Theater management took the opportunity of the closure to make behind-the-scenes safety upgrades, which seem to have finished up right on schedule, according to a message posted in June 2021 on the theater's Facebook page. The message announced improvements to the theater's ventilation and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, as well as seismic upgrades, with an estimated reopening in summer 2022.

While the Stanford often hosts festivals highlighting the works of certain actors or directors — a series of screenings showcasing the works of director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa was cut short in March 2020 — the theater is welcoming audiences back with a diverse schedule packed with both favorites and some less familiar titles. The theater reopens July 9 and 10 with the swanky Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers double bill "Top Hat" and "The Gay Divorcee," followed by two comedies starring Deanna Durbin, "It Started With Eve" and "100 Men and a Girl" (July 14-15); and a Humphrey Bogart twofer, with the beloved "Casablanca" and the film-noir thriller "In a Lonely Place" (July 16-17).

Other highlights include: back-to-back Judy Garland musicals with "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "The Wizard of Oz" (Aug. 6-7); dual skewerings of high-society folks with the comedies "The Philadelphia Story" and "Dinner at Eight" (Aug. 13-14) and two Alfred Hitchcock double bills ratcheting up the suspense, first with "Rear Window" and "To Catch a Thief" (July 28-29) and "North by Northwest" and "Notorious" (Aug. 27-28).

The theater's Wurlitzer organ will get a workout when it accompanies two days of silent comedies: Smalltown boy Harold Lloyd runs into big city trouble in "Safety Last" on Sept. 1 and Buster Keaton's plans go spectacularly off the rails in "The General" on Sept. 2. The pairing of "Roman Holiday" and "Bread, Love and Dreams (Pane, Amore e Fantasia)" offers a late-summer romantic Italian getaway on Sept. 3 and 4, and fittingly, the summer concludes with the director whose celebration was interrupted in 2020, as Kurosawa's "Ran" closes out the schedule on Sept. 15 and 16.

Help sustain the local news you depend on.

Your contribution matters. Become a member today.

Join

The Stanford Theatre's summer schedule runs July 9-Sept. 16. Find the full lineup of films at stanfordtheatre.org.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Heather Zimmerman has been with Embarcadero Media since 2019. She writes and edits arts stories, compiles the Weekend Express newsletter, curates the community calendar, helps edit stories for the Voice and The Almanac and assists with assembling the Express newsletters for those publications. Read more >>

Follow Palo Alto Online and the Palo Alto Weekly on Twitter @paloaltoweekly, Facebook and on Instagram @paloaltoonline for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

It's showtime: Stanford Theatre to reopen on July 9

Downtown Palo Alto venue's summer lineup includes Judy Garland musicals, 'Casablanca' and silent comedies

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Jun 21, 2022, 9:20 am

Peninsula film lovers will soon be able to once again catch a classic movie and hear the Wurlitzer play when the Stanford Theatre reopens on July 9 after a closure of over two years. The downtown Palo Alto movie palace on Monday announced its long-awaited reopening, posting a summer 2022 schedule on its Facebook page and website.

The Stanford was among the first Peninsula businesses to temporarily close in March 2020, just ahead of the shelter-at-home orders. Theater management took the opportunity of the closure to make behind-the-scenes safety upgrades, which seem to have finished up right on schedule, according to a message posted in June 2021 on the theater's Facebook page. The message announced improvements to the theater's ventilation and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, as well as seismic upgrades, with an estimated reopening in summer 2022.

While the Stanford often hosts festivals highlighting the works of certain actors or directors — a series of screenings showcasing the works of director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa was cut short in March 2020 — the theater is welcoming audiences back with a diverse schedule packed with both favorites and some less familiar titles. The theater reopens July 9 and 10 with the swanky Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers double bill "Top Hat" and "The Gay Divorcee," followed by two comedies starring Deanna Durbin, "It Started With Eve" and "100 Men and a Girl" (July 14-15); and a Humphrey Bogart twofer, with the beloved "Casablanca" and the film-noir thriller "In a Lonely Place" (July 16-17).

Other highlights include: back-to-back Judy Garland musicals with "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "The Wizard of Oz" (Aug. 6-7); dual skewerings of high-society folks with the comedies "The Philadelphia Story" and "Dinner at Eight" (Aug. 13-14) and two Alfred Hitchcock double bills ratcheting up the suspense, first with "Rear Window" and "To Catch a Thief" (July 28-29) and "North by Northwest" and "Notorious" (Aug. 27-28).

The theater's Wurlitzer organ will get a workout when it accompanies two days of silent comedies: Smalltown boy Harold Lloyd runs into big city trouble in "Safety Last" on Sept. 1 and Buster Keaton's plans go spectacularly off the rails in "The General" on Sept. 2. The pairing of "Roman Holiday" and "Bread, Love and Dreams (Pane, Amore e Fantasia)" offers a late-summer romantic Italian getaway on Sept. 3 and 4, and fittingly, the summer concludes with the director whose celebration was interrupted in 2020, as Kurosawa's "Ran" closes out the schedule on Sept. 15 and 16.

The Stanford Theatre's summer schedule runs July 9-Sept. 16. Find the full lineup of films at stanfordtheatre.org.

Comments

Neighbor
Registered user
South of Midtown
on Jun 23, 2022 at 12:57 pm
Neighbor, South of Midtown
Registered user
on Jun 23, 2022 at 12:57 pm

This is wonderful news! I'm so grateful that we have this resource in our community and that it survived the pandemic.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.