California Theatre 345 South First Street • San Jose • CA 95113


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • If your grand love story requires a grand setting, this stylish 1927 theatre—considered one of the best remaining examples of America's lavish 20th-century movie palaces—should be at the top of your list. Ceremonies are spectacular on the stage, which boasts impressive acoustics, plush guest seating, and plenty of gorgeous, thoughtfully restored architectural details.
  • Guests enter beneath glittering chandeliers suspended over the stunning lobby, which is accented by dramatic carved columns and arches, rich, opulent carpeting, and an elaborately stenciled ceiling. Dine and dance here, or head to the enclosed patio to celebrate under the stars.
  • Unique touches abound, including the option to see your names atop the historic marquee and post your engagement photos in the movie poster display frames. State-of-the-art production and audio visual technology brings this historic venue into the modern age.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $2,000–4,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Performance schedule

Food & Beverage Minimum
  • $10,000/event
Meals (when priced separately)
  • $54/person and up
  • Buffets, plated dinners, stations, and cocktail receptions are available.

Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 22%


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 1122 60
Cocktails, etc. Standing 300 100
Reception Seated 150 60
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 1122.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list

More information is available on their website.

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily. Hours are flexible depending on the need. Increased labor rates will apply past midnight or prior to 7am.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Other View
  • Park


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