Retro Dome

1694 Saratoga Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95129

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Previously operated by: Century Theatres

Architects: Vincent G. Raney

Previous Names: Century 25

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 408.984.5610

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Retro Dome

This dome theatre was opened by Century Theatres on May 28, 1969 with Paul Newman in “Winning”. Originally a single-screen theatre, it was twinned in November 1974.

Century 25 was part of the Westgate Mall complex, operated by Cinplex. It showed mostly independent/art-house fare.

In late-August 2009, it became the Retro Dome, presenting a mix of Classic movies and live performances. It was demolished on January 6, 2013.

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Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

TLSLOEWS on July 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Good Luck,from the photos I see how this theatre got its name.

AlanSmithee on September 20, 2010 at 5:05 am

Well, they REALLY blew it by not converting this back to the original large dome! And why would I go out to watch a DVD anyways?

antoniomontana on May 19, 2013 at 1:15 am

Now closed after a successful run. Awaiting the bulldozer.

antoniomontana on November 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Retrodome/Guggenheim is now in Century 21 complex

tahamaki on January 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Demolished as of Jan 6, 2014.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on July 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

I saw some of the photos of this place.

It reminds me a little of the now-demolished Civic Arena in Pittsburgh.

LC on August 15, 2015 at 7:40 pm

The overview says Century 25 mostly screened independent or art house fare. I remember in the mid to late 70s they were showing major movie releases there; and in the early 80s, we used to go there and watch Tom Cruise films; I also remember watching Star Trek II there, for example. This was a great movie theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

It might have switched to independent and art films in its later years, but when it opened, the Century 25 would have been a first-run house, just like the other domed suburban theaters being built by the Syufy/Century chain during that period.

rivest266 on April 18, 2024 at 5:42 pm

Opened May 28th, 1969. Grand opening ad posted.

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