San Jose Improv

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The San Jose Improv formerly known as the Jose Theater
Jose Theatre built in 1904, this photo taken in 1935

The San Jose Improv is a comedy club located in San Jose, California.


Formerly known as the Jose Theater, built in 1904, is the oldest theater in San Jose, located on Second Street, near San Fernando Street. Construction of the Jose was started in 1903, under the ownership of David Jacks, a Monterey landowner (who was the namesake of Monterrey Jack cheese). At that time, the theater was a popular showcase for stock companies and vaudeville acts.

Its history includes an appearance by magician Harry Houdini, and a stint as a vaudeville house. Also said to have performed on the same stage is none other than Charlie Chaplin.

Today, it is home to the San Jose franchise of the famous Improv Comedy Club chain and is owned by LEG.

The Jose Theater was declared a historical landmark on April 16, 1990.[1]

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