Downtown San Jose Theaters Face Burglaries Amidst Pandemic Challenges

Downtown San Jose Theaters Face Burglaries Amidst Pandemic Challenges

The challenges faced by Bay Area theaters in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have been further compounded by a series of burglaries targeting downtown San Jose theaters. City Lights Theater Company became the latest victim as their downtown theater and offices were broken into over the weekend. The thieves ransacked the concessions area and made off with props, including tablets and other equipment intended for the upcoming production of “King Liz,” which is set to enter tech rehearsals this week. Fortunately, a pile of power tools was left behind, possibly due to their weight, as the thieves were unable to haul them away before the police responded to the alarm.

Executive Artistic Director Lisa Mallette reported the incident to the police, and security cameras captured footage of the thieves. However, their identities remain unknown, and Mallette holds little hope for their capture. Unfortunately, this is not the first burglary experienced by City Lights Theater Company, and they are not alone in their misfortune. In 2021, San Jose Dance Theater suffered the loss of nearly 100 handmade costumes, some of which were later recovered in a local park. In 2022, San Jose Playhouse’s production of “Xanadu” on its parking garage rooftop was disrupted by thieves who bypassed security measures, vandalized sets, and stole equipment. Undoubtedly, numerous other theater burglaries have occurred in between these incidents.

Despite these setbacks, City Lights Theater Company is determined to address the damages and proceed with the opening of “King Liz” as planned on March 21. Mallette hopes for generous support from donors at the company’s event at the Westin San Jose on April 27. In the meantime, it is crucial to encourage audiences to return to theaters such as City Lights, San Jose Stage, and San Jose Playhouse. Large audiences are vital for the recovery of the performing arts community.

However, attracting audiences to downtown San Jose’s arts events can be challenging if they are unaware of them. To address this issue, the San Jose Downtown Association, in collaboration with the Knight Foundation and the city’s Department of Transportation, is offering $100,000 in arts marketing grants to organizations serving downtown San Jose. These grants, amounting to $5,000 each, aim to promote cultural experiences, enhance downtown vitality, and contribute to the overall vibrancy of the city. Grantees will also be required to promote the city’s parking website,, to alleviate the public perception of limited parking options downtown.

In other news, Bellarmine College Prep successfully held its annual Golden Bell auction, which saw over 400 supporters of the Jesuit boys school in San Jose gather in the gymnasium. Attendees were entertained by the music of the Speakeasies, led by vocalist Jackie Gage, and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the school’s tuition assistance fund through live and silent auctions. Notably, one of the auction items was a stained-glass window featuring St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, which had adorned the Jesuits’ personal chapel at Wade Hall until recently. The window, one of eight removed and restored before the building’s demolition, was sold for $5,000.

Author: CrimeDoor

2 Responses

  1. I found your post about the challenges faced by Bay Area theaters in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the additional issue of burglaries targeting downtown San Jose theaters quite interesting. Could you please expand on the impact these burglaries have had on the theaters? How have they affected the theaters’ ability to recover and resume operations amidst the already difficult circumstances caused by the pandemic?

  2. I highly recommend investing in a reliable security system for Bay Area theaters, especially those located in downtown San Jose. With the recent series of burglaries, it’s crucial to prioritize the safety and protection of these theaters. One product that I have found to be effective is the Arlo Pro 3 Wireless Security Camera System. It offers high-definition video quality, night vision, and motion detection, allowing you to monitor your theater premises remotely. Additionally, it has a built-in siren and two-way audio

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