Jose Theatre

62 S. Second Street,
San Jose, CA 95113

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Jose Theatre

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Built in 1904, the Jose Theatre is the oldest theater in San Jose, California.

It is a designated city of San Jose Historic Landmark and is eligible for the National and California Registers.

In June of 2001, the city council agreed to a ten-year lease with the Improv Comedy Club, which opened in the Spring of 2002.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Jose Theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 5:14 pm

Little known historical fact, courtesy of Wikipedia:

During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key, accompanied by American Prisoner Exchange Agent Colonel John Stuart Skinner and Mexican Attache Jose Romero-Gonzalez, dined aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant, as the guests of three British officers. Skinner, Key, and Romero-Gonzalez were allowed to return to their own sloop, but were not allowed to return to Baltimore because they had become familiar with the strength and position of the British units and of the British intention to attack Baltimore. As a result of this, Key was unable to do anything but watch the bombarding of the American forces at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore. Peering through the heavy smoke, he commented to the Attache, “Jose, can you see?” Shortly thereafter, he was inspired to compose our national anthem.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2007 at 5:23 pm

Was this theater named after Jose Romero-Gonzalez? Or is it named after the city of San Jose?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 5:27 pm

There is no Jose Romero-Gonzalez. I was just wasting valuable web space. I’m going back to work now.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2007 at 5:34 pm

That was pretty good. I bought the whole story. LOL

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 9, 2008 at 10:33 am

Here is another recent photo of Jose.

jon62
jon62 on March 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

The good old Jose… we would go there Saturday afternoons and pay 10 cents to see three movies. Lots of hispanics would hang out there, sometimes there were fights and a place where people “made out” and just hung out..

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on December 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

pengeman
pengeman on June 14, 2013 at 7:09 am

Worked at this theater when going to San Jose State, now a state university. Wife and I met there and have been married for 40 years. “Mr. Miller” managed the theater and told us we would never find another job like that. He was right.

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