Camera 12 Movie Showtimes
201 South Second Street
San Jose CA 95113 map
Listening Devices available
Accessible to Disabled Audiences
Prices:adult:10.00, senior: 6.75, child: 6.75
User reviews on Camera 12
An independent, local theater group that takes risks to bring both blockbusters and non-mainstream movies to downtown San Jose. Sponsors many of the local film festivals. Basically, without the Camera Cinemas, there wouldn't be cinema culture in San Jose.
They are well covered by Metro Silicon Valley, the weekly that is the go-to publication for film reviews.
Alas. Two stars for convenience and film quality, way less for ambience and audience. We live downtown and frequently walk to the theater. The walk across the SJSU campus is always pleasant, but becomes scary once across fourth street. The outside of the theater looks as if it hasn't been cleaned in years. The walls are covered with dirt streaks and the area in front of the theater is generally home to the homeless and worse.
We avoid the evening and weekend shows, so the audience is somewhat better behaved, but we still encounter too many talkers, cell phone users and folks who come to eat dinner.
If no one has mentioned the smart little man who greets people at the door in formal wear. Let me acknowledge him.
It still beats driving to Santana Row.
Camera 12 has made the best of a dead downtown location.
It is not their fault that they are located on the edge of the SJSU student ghetto or the several other ghettos that make downtown San Jose an unpleasant place to be. All the Safeway's and high priced bars will not fix the underlying rot of this non-destination "city" center.
It has all the lowlifes and none of the high lights of San Francisco.
That said, I actually think Camera 12 and 7 are great theaters. I recommend the discount card for the best prices on movies in the South bay area. Go see the movie and then get the hell out of San Jose as fast as you can.
Is it not in your nature to review the theatre and not the audience? What was their selection of movies like? What'd you see?
Camera 12 is downtown, conveniently at the Paseo De San Antonio lightrail station. It'd be a nice place to do a dinner date, with all the downtown eats. Sometimes they'll have you throw away your food at the door, so be ready to either stow it away in your car or not come with it at all. Their films range from the art/independent to blockbusters and they even put in a 3D screen recently (Avatar was siiiiiick)
Don't forget they also play host to cinequest every spring...
Well, nothing lasts. What was once the crown jewel of ART HOUSE CINEMA in the bay area has given way to what ails almost all movie theaters: unpleasant movie-goers. While the owners would gladly blame the culture, one can't forget that they actively pander to this crowd (funny how gang-bangers never used to show up for "Room With A View" or "The Red Violin"). If you don't mind people talking during the movie, cell phone conversations, texting and the guy behind you parking his foot on your left shoulder, you're going to love Camera 12.