Jose Theater - San Jose, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ucdvicky
N 37° 20.131 W 121° 53.311
10S E 598460 N 4132673
Quick Description: This is San Jose's oldest theater, also part of San Jose's Downtown Historic District.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 9/1/2007 7:03:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM249K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 60

Long Description:
The Jose Theater reflects the design qualities of Hispanic architecture. The Jose theater built in 1904, is San Jose's oldest theater. Construction of the Jose was started in 1903 under the ownership of David Jacks. At the time it was builty it was a popular showcase for stock companies and vaudeville acts. Its history includes an appearance by magician Harry Houdini and a stint as a vaudeville house. In the 1920's the theater was bought by James Battey who turned the Jose into an addition to his local chain of theaters. Under Battey's tenure, the entertainment was changed to include silent motion pictures with the customary live musical accompaniment. In the 1930's the Jose began its history of showing second-run films. It was declared a historical landmark on April 16, 1990. After more than a year of negotiations, the San Jose City Council agreed to pay for resurrection of the Jose Theater at a cost of $5.1 million. It will be leased for 10 years to the Improv comedy club, opening in 2002. The theater seats about 500 people.
Theater Name: Jose Theater

Country: USA

64 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA USA

Venue: Community Theater

Type of Productions:
Improv, Vaudville

Restored Building: yes

Date of Construction: 1904

Architect/Designer: Davis Jacks

Seating Capacity: 500

Web Site: Not listed

Stage Type: Not listed

Special Productions/Events/Festivals: Not listed

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