Cambrian Twin Cinemas

1816 Hillsdale Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95124

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A twin theater located in a suburban shopping center off Camden Avenue in San Jose’s Cambrian district, the Cambrian opened in the early-1970’s showing mainstream double features and operated by National General Cinemas. A new operator took over in 1974 and the theaters showed pornographic fare from 1974 to the mid-1980’s.

A gym now occupies the space of this theater.

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TedK817
TedK817 on April 1, 2004 at 12:57 am

The twins were also briefly known as the Hillsdale I & II, and the Cambrian Park I & II.

Also, second-run films returned for a very short period after the porn fare was discontinued. And it was one of the area theaters which ran Friday and Saturday midnight showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Does anybody have more details as to where specifically this theatre was located?

sweitzel
sweitzel on March 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I can’t figure out how to edit the street view, but the address of the theater was 1816 Hillsdale ave San Jose, CA. It’s now a “Premier Fitness World” which you can kind of see in Street View. The actual entrance to the cinema was set back in further than the gym signage you see from Google. You should punch in 1812 hillsdale into street view, then click the right arrow once for a decently clear shot of the building facade.

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