Century Berryessa 10 Theaters

1171 North Capitol Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95132

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Opened in November 1988, this was the largest multiplex built in the area at the time. The 60,000 square foot theater cost $3,369,000 to build and has a 669 space parking lot. It closed in 2009, in favor of the newer Century 20 Megaplex at the nearby Great Mall in Milpitas.

Prior to the theater, the site was home to the Berryessa School, the first in the area. All the buildings but one were torn down, that building is historical and sits in front of the theater. Offices occupy the building.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

We are so wastefull! First they tear down buildings. Next they spend 3 1/3 million $’s building theaters. Bout 10 years later, 3 miles away, Cinemark/Century builds Century 20 Great Mall. So much for long range planning.

j88
j88 on May 25, 2010 at 7:46 am

I agree, it is wasteful, the building is not even really that old, sure it could use some upgrading to be like today’s theaters.

Here are some images I took of the Century 10 Berryessa

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 25, 2010 at 8:29 am

It’s not alawys up to the theatre operator as to whether or not another theatre is built. I’m sure nobody wants to make one of their own theatres obsolete but when a retail developer announces they’re putting a theatre in, they’re going to do it with or without you. So even though opening a new 20-plex may have hurt Century’s own Berryessa, it was likely Century do it (and get the money) or let another chain come in and get the money. Either way you’re screwed as a theatre operator and in the process, yes… we waste a building.

cjwelle
cjwelle on July 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I’m interested in looking into reopening this theatre and show smaller release and specialty films. Its not the best location but it is a waste of a building. Anyone know who to contact about this?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

If you’re still in need of info – e-mail me.

Chris Lion
Chris Lion on June 20, 2011 at 5:02 am

The Great Mall location was built to shut down other competition in the area (AMC Milpitas). Century was willing to canibalize itself in order to 1) kill off competition and 2) make a great deal more money off a larger location with significantly more foot traffic.

Century could run Berryessa at a minimal profit, because they owned the land. Once the company was sold to Cinemark—with Century’s parent company Syufy Enterprises retaining ownership of the land—it was no longer in Cinemark’s best interest to keep the theatre running. I’m thinking they will probably turn it into a strip-mall, or keep it as is and take the loss off on their taxes.

antoniomontana
antoniomontana on May 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

still an empty parking lot, any one remember the capitol square theaters on capitol and McKee? first walk in theater on the east side during the 70s. I remember one time someone working there to someone to quit smoking in the because they would burn the place down

j88
j88 on May 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Sure is and the parking area is kinda falling apart, I was actually there a few days ago and there is some work going on inside, all the restroom fixtures (toilet paper dispensers, stall doors, etc..) are removed and laying in the theater lobby. Apparently the Syfuy family is wanting to replace it with a retail development (in the proposed plans, a supermarket is going to be built where the theater stands)

As for the Capitol Square Mall theater, I don’t recall that one (before my time) but I did learn of it having been there at one time, the space has been a Hometown Buffet for a while now.

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