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California Theatre

345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2804
+1 408-792-4111
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Beautiful place

The remolding work is excellent and the acoustics are superb. On some occasions they have a... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2014
Robert H
Sunnyvale, California
Beautiful venue for live music

We go to live Opera San Jose performances in this lovingly restored, ornate, old movie theater... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2014
Elena D
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 24 August 2014

The remolding work is excellent and the acoustics are superb. On some occasions they have a talented guy playing an old restored pipe organ in the lobby. What a treat!

2  Thank Robert H
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We go to live Opera San Jose performances in this lovingly restored, ornate, old movie theater. There is a mighty wurlitzer organ that gets played as you enter, the theater is small and intimate, the talented young singers form the only repertory opera company in...More

1  Thank Elena D
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Appears to have had a no-expense spared restoration a few years ago, and seating and acoustics are great.

1  Thank Ken W
Reviewed 28 May 2014

With a beautiful remodel, this is an excellent theater for concerts, including symphony, opera, etc. Plan to go earkly so you can look around the lobby and other areas, as this theater has gone through a remarkable remodel. The acoustics are perfect. You will enjoy...More

4  Thank Steve U
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I've been in here for a couple of Cinequest films, and usually try to pick films there, because the theater is really impressive and something you don't come across much anymore. You can easily picture celebrities from the 20s-40s attending shows here.

1  Thank travel6345
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Growing up in the Santa Clara Valley, a real treat was going to a show at the California Theater. Having recently been completely refinished for the San Jose Opera, as well as the Symphony, the California is a must visit. There is an organ that...More

2  Thank inagodda
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Incredible theatre. Huge open lobbies, lovely decor, and, of course, wonderful acoustics. Easy to get seated and navigate intermission. Parking close by as are several eateries.

1  Thank Ola C
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Great theater no matter what you are seeing. We have enjoyed nmovies, silent films with live organ, opera and symphony with choir. It's all good and the theater itself is worth the price of admission

1  Thank Aliea58
Reviewed 15 April 2014

This a beautifully restored theater that has been converted into a performing arts house. It has terrific acoustics and unfettered sight lines to the stage.

1  Thank Steve P
Reviewed 15 April 2014

You'll likely come here, if you do, for either opera or the San Jose Symphony. The theater is really attractive and much larger from the inside than it appears outside, due to the orientation of the stage. Acoustics are pretty good.

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