Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This newly refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (July 3-5): A bourgeois woman and a prostitute bond in Coline Serreau's Chaos (France, 2001) Thurs 7 p.m.; Fri 5, 7, 9 p.m.; Sat 9 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Two classic science fiction films, Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox, 1956; 7:30 p.m.), with Robby the Robot and a Starship Enterpriselike crew of jolly Earth explorers, and George Pal's version of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (1960; 5:35, 9:20 p.m. ). The ancient lost civilization of Planet foreshadows the ancient lost civilization of Earth in Time Machine in an excellent double bill.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Frank Sinatra seeks The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:05 p.m. ), and is Pal Joey (George Sidney, 1957; 5:35, 9:50 p.m. ) to both Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth.
2430 Third St. (between 20th and 22nd streets), 824-7334, www.werepad.com. $8. This shagadelic venue screens vintage films in 16mm.
FRIDAY (July 11): A double feature of John Flynn's The Sergeant (1968), with Rod Steiger as an Army lifer who falls hard for John Phillip Law, and a French-Italian vampire thriller Devil's Commandment (Riccardo Freda, 1956) 9:30 p.m.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays and this Friday.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (July 9): The Latino Film Festival screens Captain Pantoja and the Special Service (Francisco J. Lombardi, Brazil, 1999), from a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa about a soldier of rectitude assigned to procure prostitutes for soldiers stranded in the Amazon. $8 7:30 p.m.
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