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California Theatre, San Jose

4.8
Theater · Concert / Show
San Jose Theaters was established by Team San Jose, a non-profit operations and management company which acts as the San Jose Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and also manages and operates city-owned performing arts venues. San Jose Theaters is responsible for the management, marketing, operations and maintenance of the California Theatre, the Montgomery Theater, City National Civic and the Center for the Performing Arts, all located in the heart of downtown San Jose. San Jose Theaters offer a variety of amenities to the general public such as in-house culinary offerings, film and photogprahy access, public tours, theater rentals and much more.
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  • We went to see a show at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose. Its a historic theatre and a good place to go.  more »
  • It's rare to see such a beautiful building like this on the West Coast. I especially love visiting it in December, as it is so nicely decorated for the holidays. Built in 1927, this theater has been.....  more »
  • Whatever you're going to see here, give yourself extra time to poke around the building. Its old and charming and beautiful, and there aren't many like it left in full operation. A lovely venue no.....  more »
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  • This is a 1920 era grand movie theater. It is now used for multiple purposes. It has the grandeur and elegance of an opera hall (which is one of the current uses). There is a "Mighty Wurlitzer" organ which is played during silent films and some classical music events. Find any excuse to visit this theatre, and dress in formal wear if you can.
  • Fantastic venue. It's beautiful, the seats are comfortable, and the sound is very good. It's small enough to feel intimate yet large enough that you know you're part of a crowd. Getting in and out was comfortable - there were multiple entrances and exits and that minimized choke points. The ushers knew their stuff and were pleasant and helpful. It's well worth visiting.
  • Not great for movies because of the sound quality and I don't like that you have to leave your food and drink at the front door but you're allowed to buy theirs. Other than that I really like it.
  • Have only been here to watch movies during Cinequest. Real nice theatre. Very big and has a large balcony section. Most views are perfectly fine, including in the balcony. I imagine it's a very good venue for plays and other stage performances, probably better than for movies. I was not at all impressed with the sound for the movies I'd seen. The sound seemed to be coming out of one or two speakers at the front, and the fidelity of the sound seemed really poor, kinda muddled, to where I had trouble understanding some dialogue. The other beef was the seats, which are just okay. They're clean and in good shape, but they don't lean back much, if at all. And there isn't a whole lot of leg room if you'd prefer to stretch out or cross you legs.
  • They surprisingly had AMAZING coffee. I wish I knew what kind they served. Symphony was wonderful but the floor at my seat was a bit sticky.

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