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Address: 345 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone Number: +1 408-792-4111
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Description: The California Theatre in San Jose, California is managed and operated by...
The California Theatre in San Jose, California is managed and operated by San Jose Theaters, a division of Team San Jose. It regularly hosts major performances from Opera San Jose, Symphony Silicon Valley and other organizations. This beautiful theatre, originally built in 1927 and renovated starting in 2001, marries the opulence of its movie palace origins with state-of-the-art performing arts venue attributes. The California Theatre is Available to Rent * 1,122 seating capacity, with up to 14 wheelchair areas * State-of-the-art production and audio visual technology * Stage Size: 90'x40' * Several dressing rooms
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Opera San Jose is Amazing

Opera as good as SF, with easier parking. Beautiful and recently renovated theater, literally no bad seats. The musicians do an excellent job, and the leads are outstanding. Great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Menlo Park, California
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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Opera as good as SF, with easier parking. Beautiful and recently renovated theater, literally no bad seats. The musicians do an excellent job, and the leads are outstanding. Great for the whole family, and a wonderful place to introduce my teens to opera.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We like to go to the California Theater in San Jose. They have the annual Cinequest (movie) festival. The symphony, ballet, and other events also occur here. It is in the SOFA district of San Jose. SOFA starnds for South First Area of San Jose, which is a visual arts and entertainment district. San Jose Theaters manages California Theater. The... More 

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Lindsay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We have season tickets to Opera San Jose, so four times a year we come up and enjoy a wonderful show, enhanced by General Manager Larry Hancock's entertaining and informative preshow lecture. The California Theater is a beautiful location, and it is not too large. We are able to see and hear perfectly well even at the back of the... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The California Theater is great for the opera, the symphony and old movies. It has been faithfully restored to its 1920s appearance. I went there in the 40s and 50s as a kid an it is just as it was then. It is worth stopping in.

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San Jose, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This theatre has been totally renovated and restored to its origional state. It is really gorgeous. The organs all play and are used often especially when they have silent films. The theatre seating is excellent and you can see from every area of the theatre.

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Bay Area, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is the BEST place to view an opera or musical performance! Outstanding! We attend Handel's "You-Sing-It" Messiah every year by the San Jose Symphonic Choir around the holidays. Most recently, we saw the opera, RIGOLETTO here. Perfection! Could not ask for a more beautiful setting. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I love the inside of the theater - it is beautiful. We had balcony seats and could see and hear just fine.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Gorgeous theater with good acoustics. There is not a bad seat in the house. Wonderful for plays, opera and the symphony. Here's a link to read about its renovation http://www.shomler.com/calsj/info.htm

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Find opportunity to attend an event here - arrive early, enjoy the experience of this fine, vintage art deco restoration. Small, intimate venue with comfortable seats. Accoustics will remind some of day when quality construction was important part of a community's consideration toward theater attendees.

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Sunnyvale, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The remolding work is excellent and the acoustics are superb. On some occasions they have a talented guy playing an old restored pipe organ in the lobby. What a treat!

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