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California Theatre

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Address: 345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2804
Phone Number: +1 408-792-4111
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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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lovely restored California theatre

this venue is small and has a unique climate of days gone by. We were about 20 rows back for a play and I would not have wanted to be closed. Folks were very friendly and great... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 September 2015
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Silicon Valley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

this venue is small and has a unique climate of days gone by. We were about 20 rows back for a play and I would not have wanted to be closed. Folks were very friendly and great restaurants are in walking distance. Fun evening.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

Beautiful venue with great sound and sight lines. A wonderful place to see an opera, lecture, or special event.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Opera San Jose will begin its opening 2015/16 Season on September 12 with TOSCA. OperaSJ is a precious treasure for our community of all ages. Not to missed also is Larry Hancock's pre-show talk about the upcoming opera.

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Ukiah, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 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!

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

Had a wonderful time seeing one of our favorite comedians there recently. Sitting somewhere I don't normally sit in such a setting because of health conditions and I was perfectly comfortable. Think the seating and the acoustics would be great anywhere. The decor was beautiful with only a minor complaint about the lighting, which was quickly remedied. Definitely a great... More 

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 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 projection.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 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 easily heard in this setting and something no one attending an opera should miss.

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San Jose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

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

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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 that is often played before an event. Food or beverages are sold but not allowed... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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 impressive than your standard movie house. For many events they have someone playing the... More 

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