Burbank Theater

552 Bascom Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95128

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Kappi on March 12, 2013 at 8:34 am


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

brando on July 12, 2012 at 1:05 am

So does anyone know who currently owns the Burbank Theater?

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

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

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


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

Thanks Chuck,depressing,but that is life.

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.

thurstonsspam on August 5, 2009 at 9:55 pm

i would like to hold a charity art show here but I’m having troubles contacting someone. Please send me an emaail if you can help thanks.

kencmcintyre on January 3, 2009 at 1:59 am

Here is part of a March 1999 article from the San Jose Mercury News:


Calling it a public nuisance, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office sought an order Friday to close the Burbank Theatre, an adult movie house and longtime fixture in the unincorporated community of Burbank. Though Superior Court Judge William Elfving did not immediately shut down the theater, he ordered the owners to stop allowing unlawful sex acts on the premises and to meet a series of conditions, including hiring full-time security.

slicktoria on January 2, 2008 at 11:53 pm

I checked on Loopnet and this isn’t for sale that I can see… Has anyone spoken to the owner lately? Does anyone know where they stand in terms of selling this or leasing it to restore it to a cinematic, historic, and architectural attraction? I hear it is still being operated as a world- broadcast Muslim language tv/radio station… Looks like it sold for 1.3M in April, 2004…

kencmcintyre on December 21, 2007 at 4:36 am

Here is a photo on the wikipedia site:

GaryParks on August 16, 2007 at 5:49 am

Drove by the other day, and the stucco exterior was all painted in white primer, and on one side, a contemporary vivid earth toned color was being applied. While I’d love to see the original mint green restored, the new color beats the horribly cold and chalky grey and blue-grey which has marred the exterior since the mid-80s.

tarantex on June 18, 2007 at 7:14 pm

that has to be the funniest thing i have ever seen writtin on here
‘SHIITE MUSLIMS" who wrote this your so funny!

vintagedepartmentstore on May 15, 2007 at 4:42 am

it was reported today that the Burbank was recently sold to a group of shiite muslims and renovated as a broadcasting studio for worldwide televising of islamic news and events.

AlexisMorgan on June 18, 2006 at 10:22 pm

I live in the Burbank neighborhood, and it would be great to see this theater refurbished, especially since it is such a prominent landmark here.

Does anyone in contact with the owner know if he has considered working with San Jose City College to make it part of their film studies and/or journalism department. It is in such close proximity to the campus, and it would be a perfect place to host a small independent/student film festival. I also picture a brew pub in that building, connected to the theater … and patrons from the College and Valley Med Hospital.

DaisyStar234 on February 19, 2005 at 8:15 pm

I have lived in the Burbank area all my life, as well as my great- grandparents back in the early 1900’s and owned a great part of the orchards here in the area as well as graduating from the Burbank School. I believe we should give back to the community and make it an all age center. I have the same ideas as must others, to have a coffee shop upstairs and downstairs a theater that shows old movies and maybe have a musical group come play certain days and have arcade games and after school activities such as a homework center. Then when night falls make it like an all age club. I know of lots of local bands that are looking for places to play and get there music out. Upstairs will then become somewhat off limits to the underage but will sell food for them to enjoy. Kind of sounds like the Cactus Club that used to be downtown, but this one will be for everyone in our community by having the alcohol upstairs. The people that I talk to that live near me and the theater disagree with having a place for kids to go and believe that it will only make the peaceful neighborhood loud and crowded with people and traffic. Their annoyed with the fact that people will be parking in front of their houses. Well, I’m annoyed that on Leland Ave. everyone has to pay $30 for each car each year to park in front of their own house, and I have asked each person on this street and no one signed anything to have this happen. Just think of the kids, teens, young adults and even adults that roam the streets with nothing to do. Kids are our future and the older people in this community need to understand that. We can put in new $2,000 palm trees down our streets but we can’t help the people in this community. I think everyone needs to open their eyes before deciding the future of the Burbank Theater.

jroberts on January 23, 2005 at 5:19 am

Hello I spoke to the owner today he told me that the theater is for sale at 3 million. He is a very nice guy, who wants to do something for the Burbank community.

ranulimes on December 28, 2004 at 10:35 pm

A sign posted on the door says that the building is “Not fit for human occupation.”

scottfavareille on December 15, 2004 at 6:48 pm

The current owner apparently is trying to operate a foreign language television channel here. He also has it on the market(at least back in August, not certain if it is still on the market) for $1.9 million.

WendyHB on October 11, 2004 at 3:46 am

As a Burbank resident concerned with preservation, I dread the idea that the fate of the Garden Theater (or worse) might befall the Burbank, but must post that SOMETHING seems to be going on… within the last couple of months, there has been activity on the roof and at least some of the seating was removed to the sidewalk. Let’s hope for the best.

Sidebar: When the theater was playing porn, it was ‘3 Features – Ladies Free.’ Fortunately for me, it meant my ticket was complimentary; unfortunately for you of the opposite sex, it DIDN’T mean a really special bonus with your paid admission.

mrdiag on August 18, 2004 at 9:57 am

I recently moved into the Burbank neighborhood several streets behind the theater. If I had a choice, I would love to see this theater restored as well as the street (Bascom) that it sits restructured to allow more parking, possibly diagonal parking like you have on Geary Street in San Francisco. While you are at it, add a nice deli and Starbucks and you will have a new patron for life. Seriously, Bascom Ave is a very wide street that I believe could be narrowed to accomadate a parking area. I’ve seen this done in Oakland and San Francisco. Also, parking should be allowed on the overpass to I-280.

scottfavareille on June 19, 2004 at 10:56 pm

During the 1977-1978 period, it was a revival house and called the Vitaphone Burbank(there was also a Vitaphone Saratoga). This wasn’t too successful, unfortunately.

TedK817 on April 1, 2004 at 10:08 am

The most recent owners/agency was Meacham/Oppenheimer, and the theater was for sale. (I think it was for $6.5 million)

The main problem is there is absolutely no parking around the building. And the residential neighborhood in back would object to patron parking on their streets.

The only possible solution would be for patrons to use the San Jose City College parking facilities across I-280 and be shuttled to the theater.