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“1920s Majesty”
Review of California Theatre

California Theatre
Ranked #18 of 135 things to do in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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“1920s Majesty”
Reviewed 26 February 2013

This ornate theatre opened to show films in 1927, and did so until the 1970s, when it was shut down. It sat dilapidated for years, before a renovation in 2004. Now it is the home of the San Jose Opera and the Silicon Valley Symphony, and is a wonderful place to see a show. The seats are comfortable, the building is stylish and the acoustic are great.

Visited February 2013
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Moorland Iowa
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“Beautiful Theathre”
Reviewed 24 February 2013

Went there to hear our daughter sing in an opera on the 10th of Feb 2013 ,awesome acoustics !!!! the Theatre is just beautiful!

Visited February 2013
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“Excellent venue for music”
Reviewed 5 December 2012

We attended a concert of the Silicon Valley Symphony on December 1st at the California theater; I cannot say enough good things about it . The venue is absolutely stunning - restored to its former beauty, it is a feast to the eye. The only thing a bit odd and somewhat inconvenient, is that there are no restrooms on the first floor, only on the upper floor.
The concert of the Silicon Valley Symphony was unforgettable: under the baton of maestro George Cleve - the music if Brahms and Tchaikovsky never sounded better - what a great performance in a great venue! So hurry, do not walk, run, to hear an excellent performance in a memorable theater. Be advised that tickets sell out fast, so plan ahead.
There are good restaurants within walking distance from the California theater if you want to have a dinner before the performance. Parking can be a challenge, especially during the holiday season, so allow plenty of time.

Visited December 2012
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Sacramento, California
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“A beautiful theatre with great seats lots of leg room!”
Reviewed 4 May 2012

Just enjoyed the Bay Area Council's Outlook 2012 Conference at the California Theatre in San Jose. What a beautiful theatre! The seats have a lot of leg room and even in the nose bleed seats the view of the stage is excellent. Roomy and attractive lobby for mingling during intermissions.

Visited May 2012
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