SAN JOSE (KCBS) — The fate of three 50-year-old movie theaters in San Jose will be reviewed Tuesday night by the city council as some city leaders argue they are buildings that don’t deserve to be spared from demolition.
With movie screens that are four to five stories tall, the three domed Century theaters in San Jose have been described as a sanctuary to the silver screen.
“When you first walk in, it’s like walking in to a Cathedral,” long-time movie buff Stan Souls told KCBS. “You can go to the church at the corner or you can to the Sistine Chapel.”
The theaters, however, haven’t necessarily elicited the same warm feelings in City Hall. Mayor Chuck Reed wrote a letter to the state Office of Historic Preservation making the case that the theaters are “obsolete” and don’t fit into the city’s Urban Village plan on Winchester Boulevard.