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Hammer Theatre Center at SJSU

Hammer San Jose State University

Hammer Theatre Center at SJSU


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The Hammer Theatre, named after former San José Mayor Susan Hammer and her husband Phil Hammer, a San José Rep Board Trustee, was completed in 1997 via a collaboration between the San José Redevelopment Agency and San José Repertory Theatre Company. This distinctive theatre offered theatrical productions for over seventeen years for San José and Bay Area patrons and to national acclaim.

In March 2016, San José State University reopened the Hammer Theatre as a modern performance venue in the heart of downtown San José. The theatre serves San José’s community and the university through programming that features student, local, and international talent. The Hammer’s mission is to serve the community through works that illustrate the unique culture of creativity, diversity, and innovation in Silicon Valley.

The Hammer Theatre Center is a distinctive, high-quality performance venue in the heart of downtown San José. Operated by San José State University, the theatre serves the university and the community through artistically and educationally excellent programming expressive of the unique characteristics and diverse cultures that comprise Silicon Valley.

Additional Info

Spaces for rent : Performance space

How to rent space : Offering state-of-the-art performing, conference, and entertainment facilities, the Hammer Theatre is one of the premiere university performing arts centers in the United States. The facility serves the community through artistic and educational programming and events that capture the unique characteristics and diverse cultures of Silicon Valley.
Please send rental inquiries to: or call 408.924.8502

We are able to hire from the following unions: : IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees)

Cities company performs in : San Jose

Genre(s) : Music, Drama theatre, Musical theatre, Concert, Virtual/multimedia, Storytelling/Lit, Other, Children/youth theatre, Dance, Festival, Drag, News plays/development work, Opera, Readings/workshops, Shakespeare/classical theatre, Stand-up comedy, Solo performance

Year founded : 1997

Venue Capacity : 500-999

Box office phone : (408) 924-8512

Box office email :

Venue address : 101 Paseo de San Antonio
(between 2nd and 3rd Street)
Downtown San José

Wheelchair accessible? : Yes

Sensory-friendly showings available? : Limited

ASL interpretation available? : Limited

Assisted listening devices available? : Yes

Gender-inclusive restrooms available? : Limited

Where to find more accessibility information :


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