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.
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.