288 S Second St, San Jose, CA

Do You Know What’s Inside 3Below?

More than just a movie theater, 3Below Theaters in Downtown San Jose has dozens of live, cinema, and educational programs for all ages and interests. We’ve built a strong foundation for our community to enjoy stage, screen, and educational programming but we need our community to come inside to make this house a home.

Join us on June 1 & 2, 2024 as we open our doors so you can get to know all about 3Below. Then, make a pledge to become a 3Believer to keep this gem in the Downtown Arts scene open and thriving!

Our goal at this Open House is to introduce you to as many of 3Below’s offerings as possible. We want you to fall in love with 3Below, just as so many others have who’ve walked through our doors. So join us and make yourself at home: become a 3Believer and help to keep the venue open for years to come!

Event Highlights:

  • Free Movies and Live Entertainment to introduce you to our Playhouse and Arthouse programs
  • Complimentary Food and Beverages from our Doghouse Cafe
  • Interactive programming from our Funhouse like Broadway Karaoke and Family Game Night
  • Youth activities from our Clubhouse including costumed character appearances
  • Theater arts class showcases from our Schoolhouse
  • Guest speakers and programming celebrating San Jose and our community
  • A mini film festival honoring Legacy Makers like Norman Minetta, Nichelle Nichols, Fred Rogers, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg
  • And, throughout the Open House you’ll have the chance to enter to win prizes including a Private Event at 3Below for a live event or film screening

And it’s all free!
RSVP today to enjoy all of the above and more as you get to know 3Below


Free events, screenings, activities, raffle drawings, and presentations will take place throughout each day of our Open House. Some events will have limited seating so advance reservations are recommended; links for those are below.

Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2
All events are subject to change; please check schedule prior to attending for schedule updates
  • Raffle Drawings
    All Day on the Half Hour
    Lobby

    Throughout the day we’ll have drawings on the half hour for raffle prizes including free tickets to 3Below events, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and much more. Plus: everyone who attends will receive a grand prize raffle ticket – and every 3Believer Member will receive TWO raffle tickets – good for entry for the grand prize drawing at the end of day two of our Open House: an all-expense paid House Party at 3Below.

  • Membership Drive
    June 1 & 2
    Theater 1, 2, & 3

    Throughout the day at our Open House you’ll learn about the many programs that take place under our roof. We hope you’ll return again and again and become part of the family – or rather, become a 3Believer! An annual membership is the best way to show your love. It is truly our pleasure to work as hard as we do knowing that our efforts are giving the community much needed joy. By sticking with us as we do our very best to hang on through the endemic, you are making it so 3Below can remain a sparkling jewel in the Downtown Arts scene.

    😊 Become a 3Believer prior to midnight on June 2 to receive double raffle tickets for the Grand Prize drawing and a member gift when you attend our Open House

  • Complimentary Food & Beverages
    11:00am-8:00pm
    Lobby

    Showcasing The Doghouse at 3Below

    You’ll find complimentary popcorn and lemonade in the lobby upon your arrival and if you’re a 3Believer Member or RSVP’d prior to Fri May 31, you’ll enjoy a complimentary sampler box of our gourmet hot dogs and other hot bites and a choice of soda or bottled non-alcoholic beverage. 3Believers (members of 3Below) enjoy 10% off full size items and regular priced items like premium Italian gelato, wine, and beer. 

  • Saturday Morning Cartoon Party
    11:00am-1:00pm | Ongoing Screenings
    Theater 2
    Showcasing The Clubhouse at 3Below and our House Parties

    Come get a taste of what our Saturday Morning Cartoon House Parties and Clubhouse Pajama Parties are like! Enjoy two hours of your favorite ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s cartoons on the big screen while you enjoy breakfast cereal and milk. Between cartoons we’ll have trivia for prizes and presentations about our House Parties and Clubhouse programs.

    No RSVP needed – cartoons are 3 to 30 mins in length so pop in anytime!

  • Norman Mineta and His Legacy | An American Story
    11:15am | Film (60 mins) + Guest Speakers (approx. 25 mins)
    Theater 3
    Showcasing The Arthouse at 3Below

    The child of immigrants, Norman Mineta’s uniquely American story charts a path from a Japanese American inside a U.S. internment camp during World War II to his triumphant rise to political prominence that made him one of the most influential Asian Americans in the history of our nation.

    📣 GUEST SPEAKERS: Following the Sat Jun 1 screening of this film, we’ll enjoy a discussion with the Honorable Tom McEnery (Former Mayor of the City of San Jose.) On Sun Jun 2, Norm’s favorite mentee, the Honorable Sam Liccardo (Former Mayor of San Jose and candidate for California’s 16th Congressional District) will speak following the film. Ana Marie State and Matthew Kazmierczak from the San Jose Mineta International Airport will join us on both days.

    Advance reservation recommended due to limited seating  
    🎟 Book complimentary tickets now

  • Clubhouse Characters & Crafts
    12:00pm-2:45pm | Arts & Crafts and Character Meet-and-Greets
    Theater 1
    Showcasing The Clubhouse at 3Below

    Step through the door of Theater 1 at 3Below and you’ll find yourself in a magical library complete with doors leading to Narnia and Neverland and treasures on every shelf. This lovely little theater is where we produce our Clubhouse events for youth and families. Get a taste of those programs at our Open House with our Imagination Stations and character meet-and-greets featuring Alice from Wonderland, Olaf, Princess Tiana, and more.

    No RSVP needed – come on in anytime for arts and crafts and photos with the characters

  • Welcome to The Schoolhouse!
    12:45pm | Theatre Class Presentation
    Theater 3
    Showcasing The Schoolhouse at 3Below

    Edutainment is the name of the game at our Schoolhouse. Not only do students learn about theatre arts but they have a darn good time doing so! Our educators are pros, making their living as artists and teachers, but they always know how to make learning truly enjoyable. Join us for a presentation on our current classes and what you can look forward to when you join us for a theatre arts class in our Schoolhouse.

    🌟 Attendees of this presentation will participate in a raffle for prizes including a $45 gift card for a regular Schoolhouse class, a $100 gift certificate for our Summer Conservatory, AND will receive a bonus raffle ticket for the Grand Prize drawing.

  • Woman In Motion
    1:15pm | Film (1hr 35min) + Guest Speakers (approx. 25 mins)
    Theater 3
    Showcasing The Arthouse at 3Below

    An inspiring documentary about the life and influence of Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols work as a recruiter for NASA. Prior to her work, NASA had no women or people of color in their pilot classes or programs.

    📣 GUEST SPEAKERS: Following the screening, we are very excited to welcome Jaya Bajpayee, Deputy Director, Exploration Systems, NASA Ames Research Center who will share a little about her experience working at NASA for over three decades. 

    Advance reservation recommended due to limited seating
    🎟 Book complimentary tickets now

  • Sing-Along Sampler
    1:15pm | Demonstration of our Interactive Cinema Events
    Theater 2
    Showcasing The Arthouse at 3Below

    If your friends rave about attending sing-along cinema but you’ve always wondered what could possibly make it so fun, join us for our Sing-Along Sampler to find out! We’ll explain exactly what you can expect when you attend an “along”, learn some fun choreography from favorite movie musicals, play some movie musical trivia for prizes, and survey your interests for future sing-along and quote-along events.

    🌟 Attendees of this demonstration will participate in a raffle for prizes including tickets for upcoming Sing-Alongs AND will receive a bonus raffle ticket for the grand prize

  • Slapstick Sunday Sampler
    2:30pm-4:15pm | Ongoing Screenings
    Theater 2
    Showcasing The Arthouse at 3Below

    Young and old alike can enjoy the company of others who appreciate this high art…the art of slapstick comedy!  Favorite old time comedies featuring Charlie Chaplain, Harold Lloyd, Jerry Lewis, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges, Dick Van Dyke, Laurel & Hardy, and Leslie Nielsen will leave you in stitches! This sampler of slapstick selections will give you an idea of what to expect when you join us for Slapstick Sundays or book the event as a private House Party event for your family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues.

    No RSVP needed – slapstick screenings run continuously so pop in anytime!

  • Welcome to The Clubhouse!
    2:45pm | Presentation of our Clubhouse program
    Theater 1
    Showcasing The Clubhouse and The Schoolhouse at 3Below

    We’ve been bringing excellence in children’s theatre and entertainment to schools, shopping centers, and theme parks since 1996. If you’re looking for a high quality event experience for your little ones, come to the Clubhouse! This presentation will introduce you to the wonderfully interactive mini-musicals, sing-along cinema, and themed parties we produce for general audiences or as private events.

    This presentation will also introduce you to our Schoolhouse programs for youth including our award-winning Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory.

    🌟 Attendees of this presentation will participate in a raffle for prizes including a tickets for upcoming Clubhouse events and parties, a $100 gift certificate for our Summer Conservatory, AND will receive a bonus raffle ticket for the Grand Prize drawing

  • Live Performers from Our Playhouse
    3:30pm | Live Singers + Stage Life Stories
    Theater 1
    Showcasing The Playhouse at 3Below

    Our Playhouse offers professional, live musical theatre productions as well as one-acts, cabaret, and other live music events. For our Open House, two of 3Below’s Creative Directors, Stephen Guggenheim and Shannon Guggenheim will entertain you with songs from past shows and get you excited for shows coming up in the near future. They’ll also be armed with some of their favorite stage life stories: unbelievable anecdotes from past performances that will leave you laughing.

    Advance reservation recommended due to limited seating
    🎟 Book complimentary tickets now

  • Get To Know 3Below
    3:15pm
    Theater 3
    Showcasing the value of 3Below Membership and Sponsorship

    We’ve built the foundation at 3Below Theaters with our series of stage, screen, and educational programming for all ages and interests. Now we invite you to come inside to make this house a home. Come listen to the why’s of membership and sponsorship and hear all about how individuals and corporations can support what we do at 3Below AND how we give back to our community with every opportunity we have.

    🌟 Attendees of this presentation will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate toward a House Party booking AND a bonus raffle ticket for the Grand Prize drawing 

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
    3:45pm | Film (1hr 35mins) + Guest Speakers (approx 25 mins)
    Theater 3
    Showcasing The Arthouse at 3Below

    This acclaimed film reflects on Fred Rogers’ legacy of kindness, and the profound and lasting effect his innovative approach to television had on millions of children. It paints an intimate portrait of a man beloved by millions, whose example of empathy, love, and patience is as necessary as ever. 

    📣 GUEST SPEAKERS: Following the screening, we’ll welcome Deanna Pursai, Executive Director, College of Adaptive Arts.

    Advance reservation recommended due to limited seating 
    🎟 Book complimentary tickets now

  • Light Between Two Towers
    4:30pm | Film (60 mins) + Guest Speakers (approx. 25 mins)
    Theater 2
    Showcasing The Arthouse at 3Below

    Over a decade ago, filmmaker Thomas Wohlmut was intrigued by a rumor that Gustave Eiffel paid a visit to San Jose in the 1880s and was inspired by the city’s downtown “San Jose Electric Light Tower” to create the famous structure in Paris that bears his name. As in all good rumors, there is sometimes an element of truth. Wohlmut started to dig in to see if there was some connection. He spent nights researching on the Internet, eventually taking trips to Zurich and Paris and unearthing rarely seen personal letters, scientific journals, and newspaper clippings. The result of all that work is Wohlmut’s film “The Light Between Two Towers,” a documentary that had its premiere at 3Below in 2018 and returns for our Open House. The hour-long film is a fascinating look into the history of the San Jose icon that illuminated downtown from 1881 to 1915 with electric lights. It is a testament to the notion that the innovative drive that created Silicon Valley was already here when this was the Valley of Heart’s Delight.

    At the same time, Jon Ball and Steve Borkenhagen formed the nonprofit San Jose Light Tower Corp. along with Wohlmut.  Their goal is to create Breeze of Innovation, a new world-class landmark for our city. 

    📣 GUEST SPEAKERS: Please stay after the film to enjoy a discussion with Steve Borkenhagen (Executive Director of the San Jose Light Tower Corporation / Urban Confluence Silicon Valley).

    Advance reservation recommended due to limited seating 
    🎟 Book complimentary tickets now

  • Broadway Karaoke
    4:30pm-5:30pm
    Theater 1
    Showcasing The Funhouse at 3Below

    Just like regular ‘ole karaoke we’ll have music, lyrics, and a mic for you BUT UNLIKE regular ‘ole karaoke the song list will be 100% Broadway show-tunes. The lyrics will be on the big screen and in between songs, you’ll learn choreography to perform together, opt-in for themed games, and have a chance to answer Broadway trivia for prizes. 

    No RSVP needed – pop in anytime to sing with us!

  • Welcome to The Funhouse!
    5:30pm
    Theater 1
    Showcasing The Funhouse at 3Below

    Make 3Below your home-away-from-home with theater parties, birthday parties, and fun events for family and friends of all ages.

    Join us for this presentation to learn how with three auditoriums and a snazzy lobby and cafe, 3Below is a great place to have a party, have a family gathering, have a business event, or just have fun. We’ve packaged some parties just for you (and a few dozen friends!) to host at our house. The Funhouse presents Family Game Nights, Open Mic Nights, Broadway Karaoke, and House Parties. House Parties include special screenings, karaoke house parties, pajama parties, family game nights, sing alongs, and more.

    🌟 Attendees of this presentation will participate in a raffle for prizes AND will receive a bonus raffle ticket for the Grand Prize drawing

  • Family Game Night
    6:00pm-8:30pm
    Theater 1
      Showcasing The Funhouse at 3Below

      Join us for this demo and see why we are the place for fun anytime you seek it. Each and every night guests of 3Below will have the opportunity to enter the Doghouse and check out board games and puzzles anytime. Family Game Night is fun for the whole family and a simple, stress-free way to feed the bunch, enjoy each other’s company, and then crush them all in a variety of games…board games, trivia games, audience participation games, so many games! 

      No RSVP needed – pop in anytime to play with us!

    • Get To Know 3Below
      6:00pm
      Theater 2
      Showcasing the value of 3Below Membership and Sponsorship

      We’ve built the foundation at 3Below Theaters with our series of stage, screen, and educational programming for all ages and interests. Now we invite you to come inside to make this house a home. Come listen to the why’s of membership and sponsorship and hear all about how individuals and corporations can support what we do at 3Below AND how we give back to our community with every opportunity we have.

      🌟 Attendees of this presentation will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate toward a House Party booking AND a bonus raffle ticket for the Grand Prize drawing 

    • Welcome to The Playhouse!
      6:00pm | Demonstration of our Playhouse program
      Theater 3
      Showcasing The Playhouse at 3Below

      Join us for a few minutes to learn more about The Playhouse at 3Below Theaters. Enjoy a bit of history of how we came to be, hear about our plans for the remainder of the 2024 season in Downtown San Jose, and ask questions of our creative team.

      🌟 Attendees of this presentation will participate in a raffle for prizes including a tickets for upcoming productions AND will receive a bonus raffle ticket for the Grand Prize drawing

    • Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose
      6:30pm | Film (60 mins+ Guest Speakers (approx 25 mins)
      Theater 2
      Showcasing The Arthouse at 3Below

      Hands in the soil, heads in the cloud, Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose tells the story of working people, political leaders and the dreamers who built the City of San Jose.

      📣 GUEST SPEAKERS: Following the screening on Saturday June 1, enjoy a talk by Emmy-nominated Director/Producer, Tricia Creason-Valencia and a panel on Sunday will include Tricia Creason-Valencia, Dr. Nanette Regua (one of the historians in the film), Ken Middlebrook (History San Jose archivist) and Sharon Fox, the Communications Manager at History San Jose will moderate. 

      Advance reservation recommended due to limited seating 
      🎟 Book complimentary tickets now

    • RBG
      6:30pm | Film (1hr 38mins) + Guest Speakers
      Theater 3
      Showcasing The Arthouse at 3Below

      Join us for a presentation of the Oscar-nominated documentary RBG, as a tribute to the legacy of the late Justice Ginsburg. This intimate portrait of the Supreme Court justice chronicles Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s journey to the nation’s highest court and her fierce fight for women’s rights and equality.

      📣 GUEST SPEAKERS: Following the screening, we’ll hear from Lisa Kloppenberg, Professor of Law and former Dean of Santa Clara University School of Law – Sat Jun 1; retired Superior Court Judge Pat Lucas – Sun Jun 2.

      Advance reservation recommended due to limited seating 
      🎟 Book complimentary tickets now

    • Get To Know 3Below
      8:00pm
      Theater 2
      Showcasing the value of 3Below Membership and Sponsorship

      We’ve built the foundation at 3Below Theaters with our series of stage, screen, and educational programming for all ages and interests. Now we invite you to come inside to make this house a home. Come listen to the why’s of membership and sponsorship and hear all about how individuals and corporations can support what we do at 3Below AND how we give back to our community with every opportunity we have.

      🌟 Attendees of this presentation will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate toward a House Party booking AND a bonus raffle ticket for the Grand Prize drawing 

    Schedule

    Theater 1

    12:00pm-2:45pm

    Clubhouse Demonstration:
    Arts & Crafts and Character Meet-and-Greets

    2:45pm

    Clubhouse Presentation & Raffle

    3:30pm

    Playhouse Demonstration:
    Live Performance

    4:30pm

    Funhouse Demonstration:
    Broadway Karaoke

    5:30pm

    Funhouse Presentation & Raffle

    6:00pm-8:30pm

    Funhouse Demonstration:
    Family Game Night

    Lobby

    All day on the half hour
    Raffle drawings

    11:00am-8:00pm
    Complimentary food and beverage

    8:45pm | Sun Jun 2
    Grand prize drawing

    Theater 2

    11:00am-1:00pm

    Funhouse Demonstration:
    Saturday Morning Cartoon Party

    1:15pm

    Arthouse Demonstration:
    Sing-Along Sampler

    2:30pm-4:15pm

    Arthouse Demonstration:
    Slapstick Sunday Sampler

    4:30pm

    Arthouse Demonstration:
    Independent Film “Light Between Two Towers”

    5:30pm

    Guest Speaker: Steve Borkenhagen, Executive Director of Urban Confluence

    6:00pm

    Presentation & Raffle:
    Get To Know 3Below

    6:30pm

    Arthouse Demonstration: Independent Film “Changing Boundaries”

    7:30pm

    Guest Speaker: Emmy-nominated Director/Producer, Tricia Creason-Valencia

    8:00pm

    Presentation & Raffle:
    Get To Know 3Below

    Theater 3

    11:15am

    Arthouse Demonstration: Independent Film “Norman Mineta and His Legacy | An American Story”

    12:15pm

    Guest Speakers: 
    Honorable Sam Liccardo – Sat Jun 1; Honorable Tom McEnery – Sun Jun 2; and Ana Marie State and Matthew Kazmierczak from the San Jose Mineta International Airport

    12:45pm

    Schoolhouse Presentation & Raffle

    1:15pm

    Arthouse Demonstration: Documentary Film “Woman In Motion”

    2:45pm

    Guest Speakers

    3:15pm

    Presentation & Raffle: Get To Know 3Below

    3:45pm

    Arthouse Demonstration: Documentary Film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

    5:30pm

    Guest Speaker: Deanna Pursai, Executive Director, College of Adaptive Arts

    6:00pm

    Playhouse Presentation & Raffle

    6:30pm

    Arthouse Demonstration: Documentary Film “RBG”

    8:15pm

    Guest Speakers: Lisa Kloppenberg, Professor of Law and former Dean of Santa Clara University School of Law – Sat Jun 1; Retired Superior Court Judge Pat Lucas – Sun Jun 2