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California Theatre

345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2804
+1 408-792-4111
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Beautiful Venue

Came for a Chris Hardwick comedy show. Beautiful old theater. Easy parking, and we found street... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2015
Denise H
Ukiah, California

If you have the time to coach a concert or performance in this restored theatre it is well worth... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2015
Merida, Mexico
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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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345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2804
+1 408-792-4111
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Reviewed August 19, 2015

Came for a Chris Hardwick comedy show. Beautiful old theater. Easy parking, and we found street parking for $1.50! Easy access. Great venue for a show!

Thank Denise H
Reviewed July 19, 2015

If you have the time to coach a concert or performance in this restored theatre it is well worth the time. It is simply beautiful. One of the most enjoyable concerts I have attended and one of the most beautiful hall - with great sound...More

Thank L0calO
Reviewed July 10, 2015

The elegant decor, excellent acoustics, and superb lighting make the California Theatre the perfect venue for the exceptional artists Larry Hancock selects for Opera San Jose. Larry's informative presentations before each performance are filled with content about the composer and the story, His remarks are...More

Thank Venna B
Reviewed June 30, 2015

The beautifully restored California Theater is a delight. We attend symphony performances there. The acoustics are excellent, the seating is comfortable.

Thank thomasmN5086QS
Reviewed June 30, 2015

The California Theater is a not to be missed stop when in San Jose. The Symphony Silicon Valley and Opera San Jose call it home but there are many other oppotunities to enjoy the beautifully restored theater, There are two organs,, one in the lobby...More

Thank bbon2ur
Reviewed June 30, 2015

The restored California Theater is gorgeous. Many groups and events use the theater throughout the year. We have both Opera and Symphony tickets and the acoustics are great. Several times a year they show movies on a big screen set up on the stage. Much...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you have an opportunity to attend an opera or any other performance at the California Theatre, seize it. It has been lovingly restored and is an absolutely beautiful venue, small enough for all seats to be good, and beautifully appointed.

Thank wanderer408
Reviewed June 30, 2015

We have been to several events at the California Theater, all were well staged in the beautiful art-deco venue. Parking is easy under the San Jose Convention center.

Thank BobFromSanJose
Reviewed June 3, 2015

My favorite experience of the California Theatre was when they showed the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve, just as they do at the Stanford Theatre. Seeing Cinequest films there is enjoyable also but I wish the organist would play for those showings...More

Thank Michelle-Carr-Crowe
Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

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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