221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two 1953 films about show business by industry vet Vincente Minnelli, the musical The Band Wagon (7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:55 p.m.) and the inside-Hollywood The Bad and the Beautiful (5:20, 9:50 p.m.). Chapter 8 of Superman (1948) precedes The Band Wagon.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7, $2 for second feature, save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 11): A Latino Film Festival screening of Helena Tabera's Yoyes (Spain, 1999), a profile of the first woman to assume a leadership position in the Basque separatist group the ETA. $8 6, 8:15 p.m.
The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its "Mostly Pre-Code" series of 1930s proto-noirs, most featuring dangerous blonde Gertrude Michael. On Thursday, Aug. 12, the Circle screens a double bill of The Return of Sophie Lang (George Archainbaud, 1936), a post-Code comedy about a now-reformed jewel thief, at 8 p.m., and Witching Hour (Henry Hathaway, 1934), a courtroomer with Michael limited to a dream sequence, at 9:30 p.m. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.