Lucie Stern Community Center 1305 Middlefield Road • Palo Alto • California 94301

Lucie Stern Community Center

1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California 94301

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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

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.

The brick courtyard, with its lush surrounding greenery, is enjoyed by the community year-round and is a welcoming space for guests to relax and take in the tranquil scenery. 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.


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Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $2,500/event and up
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Space reserved
    • Event duration


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 300 250
Cocktails, etc. Standing 300 200
Reception Seated 200 150
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 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.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night

Essential Info







Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, 6am–midnight.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Ballroom
  • Community Center / Civic Building
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Non-Profit

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Landscaped Grounds

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: BYO
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: most provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: ballroom
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


But take note of the following limitations!

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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