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San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

225 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA
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Ranked #21 of 77 attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters, Performances
Description: In a flourishing city, the San Jose Center for Performing Arts has become the artistic epicenter.
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San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I have always wished there was a center aisle at the CPA but nowadays the building just seems old and ugly. The Flint Center in Cupertino is a much better maintained building even though it has the same center aisle problem

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Yuba City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The theater is impressive....modern, accessible and attractive. The location is convenient with adequate parking options. We saw a lovely, very professional production on a Sunday afternoon. Families brought even small children who were quiet and attentive. People wore everything from sparkles to casual clothing. Much of the music was recorded due to budget cuts, but one long segment had an... More

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Palo Alto, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

My husband and I have been season ticket holders for a couple of years. We have never seen a bad performance here. Usually, we see excellent shows (Broadway San Jose). We have 5th row center tickets which certainly adds to our enjoyment. We've also found that we can park in the Oracle garage at night for $5! Makes for a... More

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San Jose, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

But I love it. Last act I saw there was Jackson Browne. I keep going and thinking how can a barn like this have such good acoustics, but it does, and it has reasonable lines of sight from everywhere I've sat which has mostly been the orchestra, but Hey I can see those folks way up high there. LOL

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

For a large theatre, the seating and sound are good even in the top tiers. The price of tickets is reasonable for most events. For plays though, I prefer a smaller more intimate theatre. The San Jose Rep Theatre or the California Theatre, or the Montgomery are more suited for plays.

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San Jose, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Went to a performance of Billy Elliott there. The acoustics were good and we heard the dialogue pretty well. It accommodates over 2000 people and we expect to return there for additional performances.

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San Jose, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a pretty good place to see a production. Good visibility and sound from everywhere. Bit tough to get to the middle seats.

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San Jose, CA
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

With the exception of the back two rows in the corners, there really isn't a bad seat in the house at this venue. It is very large and has a variety of events - I frequent the Broadway San Jose shows myself. Parking is nearby and you can walk to a variety of restaurants before the show.

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California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The chairs were very comfy, clean, friendly attendants, I didn't have to wait in line to use the ladies restroom. Large public parking lot available one block south for $8 per day!! Downside, the coffee bar was not staffed enough to handle the 50 or more attendees that were attempting to get a quick cup of coffee within a 15... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Center for Culture in San Jose... There are other theaters in San Jose as well... mostly bit shows go the the center --- check out all the other theaters as well... There is a lot going on in San Jose not just at the SJCPA...

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