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California Theatre

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Address: 345 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
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+1 408-792-4111

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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Great venue

Historic building - really beautiful architecture. Maybe best of all, fresh baked cookies and concessions with very reasonable prices.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Historic building - really beautiful architecture. Maybe best of all, fresh baked cookies and concessions with very reasonable prices.

Thank kjmomsub
San Jose, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Fun for events like Cinequest and special movies. Comfortable. Handicapped accessible. Parking in San Jose can be a challenge but there are a number of lots nearby.

Thank travelmavenCA
Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Great hall, even in the balcony the sound is still great. the entrance is very clear and the reception area is very comfortable.

Thank dimaabdin
Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

Opera San Jose is a jewel in this city's crown. It was conceived and created a few decades ago by Irene Dalis, the world famous Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano. She produced high quality performances for many years and gave entry level professionally trained singers the opportunity to perform roles that they would have to know as they expanded their careers. After... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

We have used this facility for the last 15 years or more for singing the Messiah. Love the style and acoustics.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

The California Theatre is a great theatre for live performances and film. There is a huge amount of seating both on the floor and in balconies. The architecture is nice, and sometimes they raise the organ up from underneath the stage for pre-show playing.

Thank Miles N
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

This review has been influenced by a terrific Symphony Silicon Valley performance in this theater, but the facility is a terrific venue for such performances. The acoustics are good, the sight lines even at the edge of the main floor are reasonable, and seating is plentiful. It's within easy walking distance of the Fairmont Hotel, our lodging for the conference... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 become international stars. The full symphony is excellent and the setting opulent-restored to its original... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 enter; a heavy, red curtain conceals the stage from view; the intricate paintings on the... More 

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