520 San Jose Improv Tips
- Casual 5
- Dressy 1
- Festive 1
- Arrive early 3
- Take public transit 1
- Parking is expensive 1
- Food and drinks for purchase 5
- Dine before you go 2
If you are going to attend the San Jose Improv, there is a parking lot across the street that you can utilize for $6/hour or you can park a few blocks down Santa Clara street towards Ninth street and ride an electric scooter (Bird or lime, they’re all over downtown) to the venue.
The Loft right next door has a really good beef short rib , and an elevator to help those who can't manage the stairs
2 item policy not strictly enforced which is great. Seating arrangement is well thought out so the stage view is good from any angle.
Park in the garage next to San Pedro Square for $6 flat all-night & walk to the Improv.
Try to be there at least 1 hr earlier to: 1. Nab good parking across the street ($6/hr, they take CC & cash) 2. Be one of the first ones in line to get in, so you can get good seats.
Even though the event said this was from 9:45 to 10:45. Plan on being there until midnight :)
There are several parking lots near the San Jose Improv. Street parking is available if you can find it. The Improv does not validate for parking.
Parking cost us $25.00 across the street it was $5.00 per hr. better to park around the corner in the other parking lot. or take public transportation. arrive early ...
Get there early for best seats and a bite to eat... they have dinner entrees too...
The weather was cold. I wore clothes. LOL. SJ Improv is cool so dress in layers..
There are lots of places to eat within walking distance. It is pretty busy in the evening, especially when there are other events/shows and sports events on the same night as an Improv show. Plan ahead for long waits to dine and packed parking lots. In other words, get there early.
The weather was clear, brisk winter night. . I wore a short sleeved shirt. My past experience with this venue is that it gets stuffy. Layering is best. I had a thicker winter coat that I placed over my lap and was quite comfortable the entire show. .
This was my first time at this venue. I didn't realize it was a two tier seating. The floor seemed reserved for Dinner and show then there is the balcony, which is where we sat. Viewing is still good. However with first come first seat I would have arrived even earlier. We had to wait in the extremely long line for about 45 min. Overall it's a nice venue.