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Lucie Stern Community Center

Palo Alto Wedding Venue
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California 94301
Contact: Facility Rentals
Phone: 650/463-4900

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Why We Like This Place

With its white-stucco arch­ways, red-tile roof and vibrant courtyard, the Lucie Stern Center is a quintessential example of Spanish-Mediterranean ar­chitecture. Originally built in 1934 as a community theater, this welcoming venue now offers a variety of options for weddings and special events.

One of the most popular areas for gathering during a celebration is the Courtyard, a brick-paved retreat surrounded by lush greenery. Enhancing this picturesque setting is the majestic theater, standing tall in the background—it's evocative of a centuries-old Spanish church.

From the courtyard, guests walk through double glass doors into the spacious Lucie Stern Center Ballroom, complete with a beautiful hardwood floor, dark wood wainscoting and two floral-tiled fireplaces. Designed in a rustic, hacienda style, the room features a cathedral ceiling with exposed wooden beams and six cylindrical chandeliers crafted of black wrought iron. Seven large, dramatic windows frame views of the facility's verdant front lawn and allow natural light to filter into the room.

If your wedding is small and informal, consider hosting it in the attractive Community Room, whose windows over­look a Mission-style promenade. Two sets of French doors open to a patio that's enclosed by stucco and vine-covered walls and a wooden colonnade. This private outdoor space has a two-tiered lawn bordered by an array of colorful flowers—the upper level is the ideal spot for your ceremony or live entertainment. For a more intimate setting, reserve the Fireside Room. Accessed by another set of French doors off of the patio, its focal point is an impressive brick-and-stucco fireplace.

From the blooming white roses at the courtyard entry to the open-air promenade and Mission-style rooms, the Lucie Stern Community Center is a charming location for any occasion. We encourage you tour the building and grounds, and discover the many possibilities available for your event.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 300
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 200


  • Max. Seated: 300

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The center holds 300 seated guests indoors or up to 250 seated outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The center accommodates 200 seated or 300 standing guests indoors or up to 150 seated or 200 standing outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: The center seats up to 300 guests theater-style.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

One third of the rental fee is required to secure your date, and the balance is due 30 days prior to the event. The rental fee starts at $2,500 and varies depending on the space and day rented, and the duration of the event. Visit for more details.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: BYO
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: most provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: ballroom
Bride's Dressing Area: no
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO or CBA
Parking: ample on site
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: through caterer
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: garden patio

Venue Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard

Venue Type

Community Center/Civic Bldg
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: BYO wine, beer or champagne
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: general liability required, may be purchased through the venue

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