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California Theatre

345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2804
+1 408-792-4111
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Holiday Concert in Stunning Classical Theatre

We had an amazing time in California Theatre watching a Holiday Concert. The walls are stunningly... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2015
Maximilian G
Palo Alto, California
California Theatre, San Jose, CA

This is oriented to anyone who likes opera. Opera San Jose, founded by Irene Dalis, a former diva... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2015
Fernando Z
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
+1 408-792-4111
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Reviewed 27 December 2015

We had an amazing time in California Theatre watching a Holiday Concert. The walls are stunningly decorated and the acoustics in the theatre are decent. Well worth a concert in here!

Thank Maximilian G
Reviewed 15 December 2015

This is oriented to anyone who likes opera. Opera San Jose, founded by Irene Dalis, a former diva at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, gives up-and-coming young opera singers the opportunity to develop their repertoire in a variety of roles, before they go on to...More

1  Thank Fernando Z
Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

I have visited this beautiful theater several times: viewing two movies for Cinéquest (a prestigious annual film fest); and enjoying an Opera (the marriage of Figuero). California Theater offers an elegant venue that maintains the feeling of days gone by: an organist plays as you...More

Thank Crystal S
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We have seen a couple of concerts put on by the San Jose Symphony. The acoustics are great in here for music. The seating is nice no matter where you are. It is just wonderful to have this beautiful old theater downtown to go to....More

Thank kelceyryder
Reviewed 1 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.

Thank LuxNomadTraveler
Reviewed 27 August 2015

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

Thank psantana
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.

Thank Marilyn1243
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!

Thank Denise H
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...More

Thank L0calO
Reviewed 10 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...More

Thank Venna B
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