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Adam Martin
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 - posted April 18, 2006 11:05 AM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2006

CONTACT:
Opera San Jose
Christine Spielberger, Director of Communications, (spielberger@operasj.org) 408 437-4460
ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Dorit Fromm, Director of Communications,
(dfromm@elsarch.com) 510 549-2929
California Theatre Wins International Design Award

SAN JOSE, CA—The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)—an association of design, production, and technical professionals in the performing arts—has honored San José’s historic California Theatre with a prestigious award for excellence in the design of theatre projects. For its 2006 USITT Architecture Awards program, USITT bestowed only two Honor Awards (the highest designation) internationally this year. Open to projects from around the world, theatres under consideration for the awards were evaluated by a panel of distinguished jurors for creative image, contextual resonance, community contribution, explorations in new technologies, and functional operations. In addition, the design team for the California Theatre renovation—ELS Architecture and Urban Design of Berkeley, California—was recognized for superior design and technical work. Recent winners of the USITT Architecture Award have included the New Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany; the Brighton Dome in Sussex, England; and closer to home, the MachineWorks Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

The California Theatre at 345 South First Street opened in 1927 as a vaudeville house, then became San José’s premier movie palace for decades until it was vacated in 1973. A $75-million public/private partnership between the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San José and The Packard Humanities Institute not only restored the California to its previous glory but also constructed a new and larger 21st-century stagehouse designed specifically to accommodate opera. The theatre reopened on September 18, 2004, with an Opera San José production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). While Opera San José is its principal tenant, the California Theatre is also home to Symphony Silicon Valley and is being used successfully for classic films and for more business-oriented entertainment such as Apple’s unveiling of its Special Edition iPod featuring a backup performance by U2.

“Opera San José congratulates ELS Architecture on receiving this prestigious international design award,” said Irene Dalis, founder and general director of Opera San José. “We are proud to be performing in such a beautiful, historic, acoustically superior hall. The entire restoration and expansion project was conducted with such care and attention to detail—and it shows! The California Theatre has regained its status as a San José landmark and downtown treasure.”

Five theatres designed by ELS have received USITT awards since the inception of the awards program thirteen years ago. The 50-person architectural practice has a 35-year history of designing public places. The focus of its practice is on performing and entertainment venues; retail and mixed-use projects; civic, educational, and recreation facilities; and urban design. Many of its projects involve renovation and historic preservation such as the California Theatre in San José and the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California. The ELS design team for the renovation and expansion of the California Theatre was headed by Kurt Schindler, AIA, Principal-in-Charge and Carlos Alvarez, Project Manager.

The California Theatre has received 6 other design awards and has been featured in a number of publications including Traditional Building magazine and Architectural Record.


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Eric Hooper
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I haven't been inside yet, but it sure looks nice from the outside.

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Adam Martin
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Ken Roe and I walked into the lobby on opening night by accident. Hey, the doors were open. I believe I posted some lobby photos on the site.

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Eric Hooper
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 - posted January 05, 2007 09:48 PM      Profile for Eric Hooper   Email Eric Hooper         Edit/Delete Post 
The California theatre is running a classic movie series, and I saw Casablanca tonight! We were treated to the organ playing before the movie, and a WB cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny. Good use of the curtains between the trailers and the opening of the film. What a wonderful experience. Monday: North By Northwest! [thumbs up]

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