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California Theatre

345 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
+1 408-792-4111
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Ranked #1 of 85 Attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Performances
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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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73 reviews 73 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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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18 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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19 attraction reviews
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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San Jose, California
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10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

With a beautiful remodel, this is an excellent theater for concerts, including symphony, opera, etc. Plan to go earkly so you can look around the lobby and other areas, as this theater has gone through a remarkable remodel. The acoustics are perfect. You will enjoy any performance in this venue!

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