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California Theatre

Address: 345 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone Number: +1 408-792-4111
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Ranked #1 of 44 Activities in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: The California Theatre in San Jose, California is managed and operated by San Jose Theaters, a...
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Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: 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' x 40' * Several dressing rooms

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Lindsay, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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73 reviews 73 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We go to live Opera San Jose performances in this lovingly restored, ornate, old movie theater. There is a mighty wurlitzer organ that gets played as you enter, the theater is small and intimate, the talented young singers form the only repertory opera company in the US and they obviously enjoy singing together. And the price is quite reasonable.

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Appears to have had a no-expense spared restoration a few years ago, and seating and acoustics are great.

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