Olivia de Havilland’s 100th birthday will be celebrated in a style befitting the legendary actress with a two-month festival celebrating her life and her contribution to film. Seventeen of her films will be shown on the big screen in the historical Stanford Theater in Palo Alto, California, beginning with “The Adventures of Robin Hood” on May 6 and concluding with “Gone With the Wind” being shown over her birthday on July 1-3.
Both of Olivia de Havilland’s Academy Award winning performances from “To Each His Own” and “The Heiress” will be screened as well as her three nominating performances in “Gone With the Wind,” “Hold Back the Dawn,” and “The Snake Pit.” Two films will be screened each weekend starting on Friday followed by multiple screenings on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show. Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults, and $5 for Seniors (65 and over) and Youth (18 and under). You can also purchase a Gift Certificate for $24, which is good for four admissions. For any Olivia de Havilland fan, seeing any one of her films on the big screen will be a memorable experience.
The Stanford Theatre first opened in 1925, and it served for decades as Palo Alto’s premier movie house. In 1987, after a blockbuster Fred Astaire Film Festival, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation bought the theatre and restored it to its original splendor. It is now owned and operated by the non-profit Stanford Theatre Foundation, presenting classic Hollywood films. The renovated Stanford Theatre quickly became America’s most popular place to watch classic Hollywood movies. More people saw Casablanca at the Stanford Theater on its 50th anniversary in 1992 than anywhere else in America.