Burbank Cinema

552 S. Bascom Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95128

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Additional Info

Architects: Alexander Aimwell Cantin, Alexander Mackenzie Cantin

Firms: Cantin and Cantin

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Burbank Theatre

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The Burbank Theatre opened in 1949. It operated as an art house theatre until the late-1960’s, the Burbank Theatre became a revival house until 1973. Shaw Theaters relinquished operation in 1973.

The Burbank Theatre showed porn films from 1973 to 1977, became a revival house again in 1977-1978, then switched back to porn (triple bills) as the Burbank Cinema in 1978-2000.

The Burbank Cinema was shut down in March of 2000 as a public nuisance by the Santa Clara County DA.

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Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

GaryParks on October 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Much more of the exterior is now painted in a warm sandstone/orangish color. This painting process seems to be added to whenever the owner can afford more paint and/or labor.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Thanks Chuck,depressing,but that is life.

amir on March 6, 2011 at 12:59 am

Hello everyone. I am the current owner’s son and happened to venture on to this page. If anyone is interested in more information regarding the Burbank Theater you are more than welcome to contact me. Currently the theater has undergone major renovations and there are multiple sections that are up for rent. My email is


Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

A few 2012 photos can be seen here, here and here.

brando on July 12, 2012 at 1:05 am

So does anyone know who currently owns the Burbank Theater?

Kappi on March 12, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hi, I really love this theatre, and is in my 2 blocks neighborhood …I took the first photo series from my “Diva” project… I would like to take my second session inside theatre if is possible, please send to me a message if someone knows, how I to do this please…. here it is some of my photoproject with Laura San Pablo my singer friend : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=270917439691865&set=a.270911863025756.62364.265549483561994&type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=270917486358527&set=a.270911863025756.62364.265549483561994&type=3&permPage=1 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=270917673025175&set=a.270911863025756.62364.265549483561994&type=3&permPage=1 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=270917556358520&set=a.270911863025756.62364.265549483561994&type=3&permPage=1

Kappi on March 12, 2013 at 8:34 am


terrywade on January 25, 2022 at 12:47 am

Just sold Jan 13 2022 to True Investments for $1.6 million. This Art-Moderne neighborhood theatre opened in 1949 I think. The building for closed in 2019. I have no idea what the inside looks like at this time. The new owners may have no interest in turning It back into a theatre? The Preservation Action Council of San Jose will try to reach out to the new owners about future use. The former cinema is listed on the Santa Clara Country’s Historic Resources Inventory but legal protections on It’s demolition are very limited. Let’s hope they don’t tear the theatre down and build more condos.

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