Century 25 in San Jose becomes the Retro Dome

posted by CSWalczak on September 8, 2009 at 7:37 am

SAN JOSE, CA — The twin screen former Century 25 theater in San Jose, California has been rechristened the Retro Dome. One of the auditoriums has become a venue for live performances and and the other will be used to screen classic films.

Their enterprise kicks off Friday with “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” — a show they produced in San Francisco and later in San Jose.

Live productions will take place in one of the 40-year-old theater’s two auditoriums; in coming months, they plan to renovate the other auditorium to showcase neoclassic movies like “The Godfather” and serve concessions tied to the show or movie’s theme (cannoli, anyone?).

Read more in the San Jose Mercury News.

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Comments (3)

markp on September 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Nice unique idea.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on September 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Until they knock the wall down that makes it a twin, I’ll pass.

rcase5 on September 9, 2009 at 3:13 am

I’m SO glad! I was afraid they were going to tear that place down. It would have been a real shame.

As for turning it back into a single-screen theatre, it just isn’t going to happen, unfortunately. The way the movie business works nowadays, it’s impossible for single-screen movie theatres to survive on their own. The only reason the Century 21 survives is because they book it together with the 22 through 24. It’s even difficult for twins to survive nowadays, with the advent of these 20-screen monstrosities. That’s why once-great movie palaces like the Cinema 150 and the Town & Country Theatre are long gone now. What a shame.

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