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Apple's venue all dressed up for 'little' event on Tuesday

Apple preps the exterior of the California Theatre in San Jose, Calif., for its event tomorrow, which is expected to bring a smaller iPad.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Ahead of its much-anticipated news event tomorrow, Apple has already prepared the outside of the venue.

That event, which is widely expected to bring the smaller version of the iPad, is being held here in the California Theatre.

Unlike its events at the Moscone Center or the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in downtown San Francisco, the outside signage here is minimal. Apple has simply put "Apple Special Event" on the outside marquee, along with colorful posters donning the company's logo.

CNET took a field trip to snap a few shots of the venue, which you can see in the slideshow below. The company is still in the process of adding some last minute details.

The last time Apple used the theater was its 2005 press conference, which brought the iPod video and new versions of the iMac. The year before, Apple used the venue to debut its U2 edition iPod and color iPod models.

The event itself kicks off at 10 a.m. PT tomorrow. CNET will be there to cover it live. For more details on that, go here.

CNET's live coverage of Apple's event on Tuesday