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This Spanish-Mediterranean style center features two theaters and the City of Palo Alto's Recreation Department. The theaters are available on a rental basis and are host to a number of events and performances. The three rooms are named Stern Ballroom, Community room and Fireside room. The pretty Stern Ballroom has two fireplaces and beautiful chandeliers which make this an ideal place for parties and other events. The community room and Fireside room are smaller and good for small gatherings and parties.
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre is run by the City of Palo Alto as part of the Lucie Stern Community Center. The program began in 1932 as part of the Mayor's Committee for Unemployment Relief. Today, the theater is both a performance venue and educational space for young people aged from four to 24 to enjoy and learn about theater arts. During the summer, the theater runs an outdoor series entitled Hot Dog Suppertime Shows, where families can enjoy an hour-long show and bring a picnic or purchase hot dogs and other barbecue items. Their shows appeal to a wide variety of audiences, from young to old, musical or dramatic. Past productions have included Hansel and Gretel, Charlotte's Web, Lord of the Flies, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. For information about current shows, call the box office or check their website.
This throwback to old Hollywood cinemas and glamor is a great place to see a film just like it was intended to be viewed, in a big theater with a large audience. Stanford Theatre with its neo-classical Greek/Assyrian architecture picks a classic film between the 1920s through the 1960s every week. The movie watching here becomes more of an event than your typical cinema experience.
The Taube Family Tennis Stadium is one of the best sports facilities in the state. The stadium has a huge seating capacity; and so far many tennis champions have played here that include Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters and so forth. It has also hosted important tennis tournaments like WTA's 'Bank of the West', NCAA Championships and Fed Cup Finals.
CineArts at Palo Alto Square plays more than just your blockbuster hits. It also showcases some of the more rare indie flicks that can be hard to find in the South Bay. The seats are incredibly comfy and the prices are reasonable.