Posted by Lauren
Weekend highlight? Date night with Kyle on Saturday.
First: wine, cheese, crackers, and apple slices at a nearby park.
Second: black & white flick at The Stanford Theater.
According to this source:
The Stanford Theatre, a beautiful Greek/Assyrian style movie palace, first opened on June 9, 1925 with Reginald Denny in “I’ll Show You the Town”. It had an original seating capacity of 1,454.
We owe the restoration to our friends at HP!
In 1987 [the theater] was purchased and restored by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. It is currently operated by the Stanford Theatre Foundation, led by David Woodley Packard, the son of Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard. The Stanford Theatre frequently accounts for as much as 25% of all classic film attendance in the USA.
And… according to this source:
The Stanford… was built in 1925 for $300,000, replacing its predecessor as part of the Peninsula Theatre Company chain. It was immediately billed in the local papers as “The pride of the Peninsula…the last word in theatre construction.” As one of the finest movie houses in California in its early years, it featured the most modern amenities of the day.
In the years since [Packard's restoration], the Stanford has become a place where classics are both shown and saved. Packard has close ties to the UCLA film archive, maintaining his own preservation lab on the UCLA grounds. There he has helped convert — at $10,000 apiece — many films whose only prints were previously at risk on unstable and highly flammable nitrate stock.
The movie we saw, It Started with Eve, first aired in 1941. The flick starred singer/actress Deanna Durbin. IRL She was frenemies with Judy Garland and auditioned for the voice of Snow White (she sounded a lot like Sleeping Beauty so I googled her).
Plot: Rich guy’s father is on his death bed and wants to meet guy’s fiance. Fiance is out shopping so he asks a coat-check girl at the hotel to pretend to be his fiance. Guy’s father really likes fake fiance and conspires to have his son fall for her. Meanwhile, she wants to launch a music career (and she’s got skills) but she needs guy’s connections. There is a happy ending.
At the end of the movie, an organist appeared out of the floor. How cool is that? We skipped the double feature (another Durbin flick) to get a late dinner.
Third: Rangoon Ruby! Burmese food :)
I’ve wanted to try the revamped Rangoon Ruby for quite some time now (because of my love for tea leaf salads). RR gets very busy and recommends reservations. Problem is, Kyle and I rarely make reservations anywhere and each time we stop by, the wait is looooong. He planned ahead and made a reservation for us, quite a surprise!
Tea Leaf Salad, tossed table-side, LOVE.
Pumpkin Chicken Stew, SPICY!
It was basically the perfect adaptation of dinner and a movie. :)
* * *
We both woke up early on Sunday, which gave me extra time to check out the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival.
The rest of my weekend focused on
fantasy football. Results are in after tonight’s games!
Question: What’s your favorite black & white flick from yesteryear?
Lauren’s TwitterMy Tweets
Nicole’s TwitterMy Tweets