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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
  • Fun Flicks Outdoor Movies SF Bay Area
    Fun Flicks? SF Bay Area proudly offers outdoor movie party & events. Serving most locations including: San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley Hayward, Alameda, Daly City, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, Hillsborough, Burlingame & more!
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    981 Dowling Boulevard
    San Leandro, CA US
  • Alameda Wine Co.
    From the cabernet-hued curlicues on the carpets to the gilded columns and soaring ceilings, the Alameda Theatre is steeped in history. During the Second World War, soldiers crowded in to watch films in the auditorium, which also has spent stints as a practice area for rock bands and as a skating rink. The theater was recently brought out of dormancy with an extensive renovation project that restored the glow to its art-deco façades and towering neon sign. Gold leaf, some still intact from the building’s construction in 1932, leads eyes up to a screen 50 feet in width. A packed schedule of first-run films flickers to life on the big screen, with showings in 3-D letting audiences see explosions leap from the flat surface or watch pieces of the Hulk’s hard-to-program VCR fly past. The historic theater also showcases classic films such as The Graduate or The Wild One every week, and hosts a talent show every Friday and Saturday evening.
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    2315 Central Ave
    Alameda, CA US

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