Burbank Theater

552 Bascom Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95128

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mosunics on March 1, 2004 at 7:27 pm

Does anyone remember a coffee shop next to this theatre during the 1960’s?

greendayrules on February 29, 2004 at 3:55 pm

Does anyone know who the owner of the Burbank Theatre is?

William on December 17, 2003 at 6:10 pm

The Burbank Theatre opened in 1949, it was designed by the firm Cantin and Cantin of San Francisco. That firm also designed other theatres in and around the Bay Area. They designed the Coronet (1949-San Francisco), Colma (1949-San Francisco), Airport Drive-In (1949-Oakland), Studio (1949-San Jose), Crest (1949-Los Banos), Crest (1949-Sacramento), Laurel (1940-Oakland), Carmel (1938-Carmel), Ritz (1937-Stockton), Senator (1926-Oakland). Their company was founded in 1901.

starfishcess on December 17, 2003 at 5:12 pm

Is it for sale by any chance and if so does anyone knnow who to contact to buy?

GaryParks on December 12, 2003 at 4:50 pm

The original name for this theatre was to have been Tower (for architectural reasons which should be obvious). Burbank is an unincoprporated community which is geographically part of San Jose.

scottfavareille on December 12, 2003 at 10:38 am

The theater has always been called the Burbank as the neighborhood surrounding it is also called Burbank. Someone had tried to buy the building for a community arts center, but apparently that had fallen through.

Bill97 on December 12, 2003 at 5:02 am

I went by this place yesterday and after many years I had to stop and take a look. This theatre always stood out (to me any way) because it is a large building (the picture doesn’t do it justice)in an area where you wouldn’t expect a theatre. Maybe when the freeway came it changed the area. Anyway it looks like it might have been something at one time, but it looks quit dead now except for the 2 retail businesses to the right of the front of the building. Besides some graffiti, the only signs I could see said “Unfit for human occupancy” and another about video surveillance. Also, the address is 552 Bascom Ave. And why is it the Burbank? Did it have another name before? Why not the Bascom?