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California Theatre

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Address: 345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2804
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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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Stunning setting, plush interior

I worry when parking is literally right across the street, and to be fair, the entrance is lovely but narrow. How great will this be? Fantastically great! The tiles, the paint... read more

Reviewed February 13, 2017
Fair Oaks, California
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Sunnyvale, California, United States
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Reviewed March 2, 2017 via mobile

You'll love the lush interior except for the majority of the seating that has less leg room than a Boeing 727 jet. So pick your Film Festival (2-28 through 3-12) movies accordingly on the days you see 3 or 4 movies - for comfort. Suggest alternating movies with the Hammer Theater. That will stretch out your legs too between movies.

Thank Marsha S
Fair Oaks, California
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

I worry when parking is literally right across the street, and to be fair, the entrance is lovely but narrow. How great will this be? Fantastically great! The tiles, the paint, the live organ music, the enormous snack bar (bear with me, I love fresh chocolate chip cookies and reasonably priced water at public venues). The bathrooms are huge and... More 

3 Thank kcdenman
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2017

We had the pleasure of attending Opera San José's performance of the Barber of Seville in November. The intimacy of this beautifully restored facility (1,100 seats) creates an incredible opera experience and we thoroughly enjoyed the performance - the singing and music were superb and the comedic interpretation of this opera an absolute delight. San José is so fortunate to... More 

1 Thank Linda M
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Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Historic building - really beautiful architecture. Maybe best of all, fresh baked cookies and concessions with very reasonable prices.

Thank kjmomsub
San Jose, CA
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Reviewed August 12, 2016

Fun for events like Cinequest and special movies. Comfortable. Handicapped accessible. Parking in San Jose can be a challenge but there are a number of lots nearby.

Thank travelmavenCA
Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed May 18, 2016

Great hall, even in the balcony the sound is still great. the entrance is very clear and the reception area is very comfortable.

Thank dimaabdin
Los Gatos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2016

Opera San Jose is a jewel in this city's crown. It was conceived and created a few decades ago by Irene Dalis, the world famous Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano. She produced high quality performances for many years and gave entry level professionally trained singers the opportunity to perform roles that they would have to know as they expanded their careers. After... More 

Thank VWriter
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Reviewed February 8, 2016

We have used this facility for the last 15 years or more for singing the Messiah. Love the style and acoustics.

Thank paul1cart
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Reviewed February 2, 2016

The California Theatre is a great theatre for live performances and film. There is a huge amount of seating both on the floor and in balconies. The architecture is nice, and sometimes they raise the organ up from underneath the stage for pre-show playing.

Thank Miles N
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 492 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2015

This review has been influenced by a terrific Symphony Silicon Valley performance in this theater, but the facility is a terrific venue for such performances. The acoustics are good, the sight lines even at the edge of the main floor are reasonable, and seating is plentiful. It's within easy walking distance of the Fairmont Hotel, our lodging for the conference... More 

Thank AnnArborMiBob

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