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California Theatre

345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2804
+1 408-792-4111
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Elegant and Historical

I have visited this beautiful theater several times: viewing two movies for Cinéquest (a... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2015
Crystal S
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Wonderful Old Theatre

We have seen a couple of concerts put on by the San Jose Symphony. The acoustics are great in here... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2015
kelceyryder
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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 December 15, 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

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Reviewed December 15, 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

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Reviewed September 1, 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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Reviewed August 27, 2015

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

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Reviewed August 27, 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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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Response from HikingLee | Reviewed this property |
Across Market Street is the Convention Center that has safe, indoor parking.
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