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California Theatre

345 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
408-792-4111
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Ranked #1 of 81 Attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Most recent review
- Sep 8, 2014
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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San Jose, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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San Jose
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I've been in here for a couple of Cinequest films, and usually try to pick films there, because the theater is really impressive and something you don't come across much anymore. You can easily picture celebrities from the 20s-40s attending shows here.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Growing up in the Santa Clara Valley, a real treat was going to a show at the California Theater. Having recently been completely refinished for the San Jose Opera, as well as the Symphony, the California is a must visit. There is an organ that rises from the orchestra pit, that originally played to silent movies.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Incredible theatre. Huge open lobbies, lovely decor, and, of course, wonderful acoustics. Easy to get seated and navigate intermission. Parking close by as are several eateries.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great theater no matter what you are seeing. We have enjoyed nmovies, silent films with live organ, opera and symphony with choir. It's all good and the theater itself is worth the price of admission

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San Jose, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This a beautifully restored theater that has been converted into a performing arts house. It has terrific acoustics and unfettered sight lines to the stage.

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