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.
WEDNESDAY: Ronald Colman stars in the original, silent version of Beau Geste (Herbert Brenon, 1926; 7:30 p.m.), a handsome production screening with a funny comedy about the power of positive thinking, When the Clouds Roll By (Victor Fleming, 1919; approximately 9:45 p.m. ), with Douglas Fairbanks. Dennis James performs on the Stanford's Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Two 1950s science-fiction classics, the uplifting The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951; 7:30 p.m. ) and the still-scary Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956; 5:55, 9:15 p.m. ).
SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Aug. 9-13): The clock runs out for Gary Cooper in the western classic High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m. ), screening with John Wayne as John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952; 5:10, 9:05 p.m. ), a beloved Irish love story with Maureen O'Hara.