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San Jose Movie Theatres

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Garden Theatre
San Jose, CA
Studio Theatre
San Jose, CA
The Garden Theatre opened in 1949 and closed in 1988. In 1989, the interior was gutted and the space was converted into retail space. The neon sign is still lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Studio Theatre opened in 1950. Around 1999, the theatre was converted into a nightclub called Dance Plex. The space was used for other nightclubs after that. In 2011, the space was adapted for Studio Climbing, a rock climbing facility. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Mexico Theatre
San Jose, CA
The Mexico Theatre opened in 1949 as the Mayfair Theatre. The name was changed to the Esquire Theatre in 1962. Around 1980, the name was changed to the Mexico Theatre which featured Spanish language films. The Mexico has been closed since the mid-1990s after it failed as an Asian film venue. The building has remained vacant since then. However, when these photos were taken in 2014, there were signs that renovation was taking place. The marquee had been restored and the building had been repainted. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

California Theatre
San Jose, CA
The California Theatre was built in 1927 and closed in 1973. In 1985, the City took possession of the building. The theatre was renovated from 2001-2004 and is now used for opera performances. The towering blade sign and the marquee signs are replicas of the original. I don't know if the replicated letters on the marquee are opal glass or a synthetic material. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Century 21, 22, 23, and 24 Theatres
San Jose, CA
bur The Century 21 Theatre opened in 1964 as a Cinerama theatre. The other dome theatres were added nearby over the years: the Century 22 in 1966, the Century 23 in 1967, the Century 24 in 1968, and the Century 25 in 1969. The Century 24 and 25 domes were demolished in 2014. The Century 24 sign remains. The other domes are endangered. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Century Almaden 3 Theatre
San Jose, CA
The Century Almaden 3 Theatre was built in 1971. The building connects three domes. As screens were added, the name was updated. It was known as the Century Almaden 5 when it closed. Since the 1990s, the building has housed the Cornerstone Community Church. For more, see this website. [map]

Towne Theatre
San Jose, CA
Burbank Theatre
San Jose, CA
The Towne Theatre opened in 1926. It now features Indian films. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Burbank Theatre opened in 1949. It closed in 2000 and the seats were removed. Since 2013, the building has housed Studio Sharise which features dance, drama, and fitness classes. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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