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San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

225 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA 95113-2004
+1 408-792-4542
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Surprisingly good food

Food service before a show is surprisingly good. We shared 2 small plates, both excellent. No need... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Joe H
Manteca, California
via mobile
Book of Mormon, excellent!!

I saw a matinee on a Sunday. I was not familiar with the storyline in advance, however my socks... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Paul H
Southampton, United Kingdom
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The Center for the Performing Arts is managed and operated by San Jose Theaters, a division of Team San Jose. It hosts major performances from Broadway San Jose and other organizations. It has 2,608 seats, including 20 ADA-compliant spaces.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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225 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA 95113-2004
+1 408-792-4542
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Food service before a show is surprisingly good. We shared 2 small plates, both excellent. No need to stop for a quick bite prior to a play when food this good is available.

Thank Joe H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I saw a matinee on a Sunday. I was not familiar with the storyline in advance, however my socks were knocked off. A great dig at all religions. Well worth it. But not for children or right wing religious types.

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The seats were comfortable, very good unobstructed views, very good sound system and it was easy to enter and exit the auditorium. Seating is Greek and Roman amphitheater style with no aisles dividing the rows, yet it is easy to get in and out. We...More

Thank VWriter
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good line of sight, seats were comfortable, audio was good. Nearby parking is convenient. Bathroom and refreshment lines during intermission are long. A miss during the initial build and any remodel is the lack of exit isles except at either distant end. In the event...More

Thank Kathleen A
Reviewed 26 April 2017

My wife and I saw the Bodyguard and found it to be delightful. Music and dance numbers were powerful. Nice array of musical selections and easy to follow plot complete with a very bad bad guy. Nice curtain call encore of several numbers.

Thank ColonelLarrySanJose
Reviewed 19 April 2017

I came here so many times to enjoy the Vietnamese concerts, we did have a nice time whenever we come, it's not only the shows, but also the seat and the space are so warm and enjoyable. Highly recommend any show is organized here!

Thank Christina D
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Convenient location, parking is relatively cheap. However, there is no middle row, so the seats are just in one long row, so use the bathroom before you go. Parking is cheap, usually less than $10 per show and snacks inside are priced well ($2 cookies...More

Thank ilovecalifornia
Reviewed 15 March 2017

As an experienced NYC theatre-goer, I am so grateful for the quality of the shows that come to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. The BEST deal is to buy season tickets if you want to see all of the shows, but you...More

1  Thank Kathryn P
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I've attended quite a few shows at the CPA and I like it very much. It's a mid-size theater with comfortable seating and is great for just about any kind of show - music, theater, dance. I recommend seats in the middle of the lower...More

1  Thank ImGeoff2
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I took my niece to see the ballet here and it's conveniently located near restaurants and downtown life. Check out the list of upcoming performances!

Thank Charlene C
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Tamara D
4 July 2017|
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Response from Kathryn P | Reviewed this property |
We love the aisle seats due to the long rows, but the best view is definitely from the middle. Even if you move to the back of the orchestra in the middle, they are still pretty good seats.
17 April 2015|
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Response from Marilyn H | Reviewed this property |
We like to eat at The Old Spaghetti Factory - 51 N. San Pedro - plenty of parking on street and city lot - a little bit of a walk - about 6 blocks - but worth it.