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Rendering courtesy of TEF

The existing Century 21 theater was built in 1964, and its domed roof was designed to accommodate "Cinerama" films, and is one of the few remaining theaters of its kind.  This project includes a seismic retrofit of the existing building and an addition of two new levels of space.  To bring daylight into the dome, new skylights are to be cut into the dome roof in a similar pattern to the original shingles.  Additionally, the existing perimeter CMU walls are to be removed where they are not of historic significance in order to bring more light in and allow for a smoother transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.  


Century 21 Theater


San Jose, CA


TEF Design


12,000 sf existing dome theater

12,000 sf new floors


Existing steel frame dome with new steel framed floors