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The Corinthian Event Center

San Jose Wedding Venue
196 North Third Street
San Jose, California 95112

Contact: Events
Phone: 408/938-2332
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Why We Like This Place

Located in the heart of historic downtown San Jose, this 1924 landmark is no ordinary venue. As you walk up the broad granite steps, past the enormous urns and soaring columns, you can’t help but be impressed by the stately elegance of its neoclassic design.

That impression carries through to the interior spaces as well. The Corinthian Room is the event center’s main ballroom, and it has all the elements of a true ballroom. You enter through a foyer, regally outfitted with a crystal chandelier and a hand-painted wood-beam ceiling. Once inside the Corinthian Room, you’re struck by its grand proportions and majestic features. The 60-foot ceiling has massive wood beams, and is inset with alternating panes of blue glass and intricately detailed panels of gold leaf grillwork. Six extraordinary wrought-iron-and-glass lanterns hang from the ceiling like giant luminous earrings, while five 30-foot palm trees embedded with twinkle lights add sparkle. At one end of the room is a stage with a carved stone proscenium arch framing red velvet curtains; at the other end is a carved granite balcony, where just-married couples often dance their first dance. Banquettes along the sides of the room make cozy seating areas, and there’s a raised section that’s ideal for the head table. The hardwood dance floor is permanently ensconced in front of the stage.

Smaller functions take place in the Gold, Silver and Bronze Rooms. All have crystal chandeliers, cream walls, red carpeting and ceilings baffled for sound. You can reserve these rooms individually, or combine them to make one long room—the perfect space for a wedding ceremony. And all three rooms have access to the Columns Lounge, a more casual space with faux-candle chandeliers and a mix of antiques and contemporary furnishings. The Olympia Room, a large private room with white walls and pastel detailing, is available for small meetings and as a bride’s dressing area.

Whether you’re getting married or planning a company meeting or party, the center’s staff will help you orchestrate it. And if you’re inviting out-of-town guests, they’ll appreciate being close to many of San Jose’s best hotels and cultural activities.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 300
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 300
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 500
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 350

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Gold, Silver and Bronze Rooms combined hold up to 150 seated guests; the Olympia and Decathlon Rooms each hold 60 seated, and the Corinthian Room seats 300.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility holds 5–300 seated or up to 500 standing guests indoors. The ballroom can accommodate 300 seated or 500 standing.

MEETING CAPACITY: Event spaces accommodate 5–350 seated guests.

Fees & Deposits

For special events and weddings, a $2,000 nonrefundable deposit secures your date and is required when reservations are made. Full payment is due 5 days prior to your event. For 5 hours’ use, the rental fee ranges $500–2,000 depending on the space selected. There is a ceremony setup charge. In-house catering is provided:Meals start at $35/person; alcohol, tax and a 20% service charge are additional. Note that there’s a $10,000 minimum for functions held on Saturday evenings. All wedding events have private use of the event center when the food & beverage minimum is met. Off-site catering is also available.

For business functions, weekday morning and afternoon rental rates run $150–500 depending on the room(s) selected. Food prices will vary depending on the type of function, guest count and event duration.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: AV; other CBA, extra fee
Parking: on-street or nearby garage, free on weekends and weekdays after 6pm
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: no
Other: event coordination, poolside parties

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Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Club


Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no helium balloons in Corinthian Room; no confetti, birdseed or rice indoors

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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily, 7am–1am. Weddings are in 5-hour blocks; extra hours may be available for an additional $300/hour.

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