DAILY (closed Wednesday and Saturday): "Glamour in Context," a program of short films Thurs & Fri 2:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" Thurs & Fri 3 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 3 p.m.
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 & THURSDAY: James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan are dueling leather-goods shop employees in Ernst Lubitsch's great romance The Shop Around the Corner (1940; 7:30 p.m.), screening with the holiday perennial Miracle on 34th Street (Henry Koster, 1947; 5:40, 9:20 p.m.). It's about Santa (Edmund Gwenn), he claims.
FRIDAY: The Stanford's annual Christmas Eve screening of Frank Capra's ever-powerful classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946). "Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!" 9 p.m.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Closed for the holidays.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Dec. 24 & 25): The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation concludes its weekend screenings. $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m., midnight.
A newly restored San Jose movie palace, the California, reopens with a weeklong screening of Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942), through Thursday, Dec. 23; see www.stanfordtheatre.org or call (650) 324-3700 for more information.
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