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California Theatre

345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2804
+1 408-792-4111
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Elegant restoration from the past

Excellent in so many ways. Spectacularly beautifully restored Art Deco architectural gem. Pipe... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Norman R
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San Jose, California
Grand Lady: Intimate Setting

Overview: Beautifully restored Art Deco theatre for several hundred people. Good... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2018
nc3042017
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San Jose, California
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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent in so many ways. Spectacularly beautifully restored Art Deco architectural gem. Pipe organist in the lobby preceding many outstanding performances. Great big independent parking lot across the street. Located near many good restaurants.

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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Overview: Beautifully restored Art Deco theatre for several hundred people. Good acoustics. Attended Symphony Silicon Valley’s performance staring Alma Deutcher BUILDING HIGHLIGHTS @ Gilded wood and plaster work @ Pipe organ @ Snack Area @ Dual entrances front and back @ Near public parking.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Simply beautiful. Attended the San Jose Symphony (aka Silicon Valley Symphony Orchestra) to see the US premiere of Anna Deutscher, the child genius composer and virtuoso. Great evening. A very capable symphony orchestra with truly talented musicians. Amazing performance by Ms. Deutscher. And the theatre...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

My first time visiting the California theater, great location, beautiful building and great show. Right across-street from convention center parking garage

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

I attend opera performances at the theatre and I don't think a better venue exists in the South Bay area. The seats are comfortable with acceptable leg space, with good, staggered placement so that the line of sight to the stage is clear, and the...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Only drawback is lack of snack food. It would be nice if you could just get a bag of crisps or something during the break, so eat before, if not, plenty of restaurants near. The theater has two levels - the orchestra and balcony. Every...More

Thank sirmeandt
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

After a substantial renovation, the California theater reopened in 2004 and it has been a spectacular venue for opera, symphonies, live performances, corporate events and classic movies. With over 1,000 seats, a outdoor courtyard (for receptions) and two incomparable organs, it provides the quality venue...More

Thank HikingLee
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Reviewed 2 March 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...More

Thank Marsha S
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Reviewed 13 February 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...More

3  Thank kcdenman
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Reviewed 30 January 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...More

1  Thank Linda M
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Across Market Street is the Convention Center that has safe, indoor parking.
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