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  • Palo Alto International Film Festival PALO ALTO
    Though the Lumière brothers and Thomas Edison are often credited with groundbreaking discoveries that paved the way for modern cinema, history sometimes leaves out a key player: photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Commissioned to find out whether horses lifted all four legs off the ground while galloping, Muybridge invented a device called the zoopraxiscope to display his photographed findings. His first zoopraxiscope screening was held in Palo Alto in 1879, making the city the birthplace of film. To honor Muybridge’s work, as well as the technological innovations bubbling throughout Silicon Valley, the Palo Alto International Film Festival was born in 2011. It focuses not only on new technology, but on breakthroughs in artistic expression, screening a collection of films from around the world. They range from major Hollywood releases, such as 2012’s Looper, to independent works, such as George Lucas’s home videos of himself practicing light-saber moves in his garage. Outside the theater, visitors can mingle at an array of talks, film workshops, and parties.
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    431 Florence St.
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • CineArts at Palo Alto Square
    In Focus: CineArts at Palo Alto Square Number of screens: 2 Movies that are shown: a selection of indie and unusual films Refreshments: There’s an in-lobby café with snacks that you can take to your seat or the nest you’ve built in the theater’s ceiling. Other perks: reserved seating Help available for hearing-impaired guests: closed captioning, neck loops, and listening devices Help available for vision-impaired guests: descriptive narration devices Inside tip: Early-bird pricing is available for the first matinees on certain days.
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    3000 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • Aquarius Theatre
    By the Numbers: Aquarius Theatre 1969—the year it was built 1985—the year it was purchased by Landmark Theatres 2 specialties: independent and foreign language cinema 2 Hollywood heavyweights who showed their first pictures here: Director Francis Ford Coppola and Cinematographer Haskell Wexler 2 screens equipped with DLP Digital Projection and Sound 2 separate houses united by an underwater theme 1 primary color covering most of the street-facing facade: blue 430 Emerson Street 1 block from Stanford University
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    430 Emerson St
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • The Stanford Theater
    The Stanford Theater 1 screen 1925—the year it opened 1920–1965—cinematic era the theater focuses on 1,454—original seating capacity 1987—purchased by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 1992—celebrates 50th anniversary of Casablanca 3 partner archives: UCLA Film and Television Archive, Library of Congress, and George Eastman House 221 University Avenue—the theater’s longtime home
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    221 University Ave
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • BlueLight Cinemas 5
    The silver screens at BlueLight Cinemas showcase second-run films every day in theaters with high-back chairs and DTS and Dolby surround sound. In the concession area, attendants provide a cornucopia of goods, including Dippin' Dots, Peet's Coffee, and Orville Redenbacher?s popcorn topped with real butter from actual tombs inside the food pyramid. The locally owned theater keeps in tune with the community by staging events throughout the year, offering theater rentals for parties, and allowing moviegoers to influence upcoming features by requesting a movie.
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    21275 Stevens Creek Boulevard
    Cupertino, CA US
  • Dealflicks
    Did you know that, on average, 88% of the seats in a movie theater remain empty during a showing? According to the New York Times, this phenomenon really surprised Sean Wycliffe a few years back when he went to see the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech and shared the theater with only two other audience members. With all the focus on online video services, Sean realized movie theaters were being overlooked, and came up with a concept that could help movie houses fill their empty seats. His brainchild became Dealflicks, a website that offers customers discounted tickets (sometimes with popcorn or soda) for same-day showings. Customers shop a selection of deals, each of which is specific to a particular film, theater, and showtime, and upon purchase, receive an email voucher they present at the theater's ticket counter. Dealflicks is partnered with theaters around the country, particularly independent and neighborhood venues, such as the treehouse of the enterprising kid down the street.
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    1875 S. Bascom Ave
    Campbell, CA US

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