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Review of California Theatre

California Theatre
Ranked #20 of 140 things to do in San Jose
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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
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
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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 the US and they obviously enjoy singing together. And the price is quite reasonable.

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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
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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 any performance in this venue!

4  Thank Steve U
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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.

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