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.
WEDNESDAY: Two with Buster Keaton, ending his starring career at MGM. First, the jolly late silent The Cameraman (Edward Sedgwick, 1928; 7:30 p.m.), followed by one of Keaton's few watchable talkies, Speak Easily (Sedgwick, 1932; 9 p.m.).
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two about class by Vincente Minnelli, the Parisian-set musical Gigi (7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:15 p.m.) and the Brit-bound The Reluctant Debutante (5:40, 9:55 p.m.). Sandra Dee has the part taken by Amanda Bynes in this film's recent remake, What a Girl Wants. Chapter 9 of Superman (1948) precedes Gigi.
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. 18): The Film Arts Foundation screens a preview of (yet another) new Bush-bashing documentary, There's Something About W (Robin Chin, 2004), not that there isn't plenty of material to work with 7:30 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 Saturday, Aug. 21, the Circle screens a double bill of two old dark house mysteries, Menace (Ralph Murphy, 1934), about a killer seeking revenge, at 8 p.m., and Night of Terror (Ben Stoloff, 1933), with Bela Lugosi as a "turbaned dope smoker," 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ... Also, a monthly Old Oakland Outdoor Cinema series screens the cross-dressing comedy Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982), on Washington Street between Ninth and 10th streets. Limited seating provided; BYO chairs and blankets. Free parking at Eighth and Washington. For more information, call (510) 238-4734 or visit www.filmoakland.com. Free. Live music 5 p.m., shorts and feature 8 p.m.