Sunday, December 24, 2006

It’s A Wonderful Life!

Stanford Theater

It really is, but the Title is really the name of the movie we went to tonight.

Tonight, we went to see "It's A Wonderful Life", Frank Capra's movie form 1946 with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. We watched it on TV a couple of days ago, but seeing it on the big screen at a real theater is wonderful. This is the 19th year that the Stanford Theater, in downtown Palo Alto has shown the film on Christmas eve. David Packard (an heir of a Hewlett Packard computer family) bought the theater in 1987, reconditioned it and it's still a wonderful place to see movies, especially the old movies that it shows.

There are usually good crowds to the regular shows. We especially like the weekend shows when they have the mighty Wurlitzer organist during intermission. A double feature and live music from a pipe organ. Really nice! Anyway, tonight there was a real crowd. Tickets had to be bought in advance. We arrived about 7:45 for the 9:00 pm showing. The line was already half way around the block when we arrived. Before the doors opened it was working on a full circle around the block. Prices for the shows are reasonable, $7 and the snack bar is very reasonable, not the ripoff of the typical theaters. Tonight was special though, popcorn and drinks were free.

Old black and white moves are really nice. The textures and the details in the background are so much nicer on the big screen.

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