Balboa Theater, San Diego

Balboa Theater, San Diego

The historic Balboa Theater is a real gem of the downtown San Diego area. Its address is 868 Fourth Avenue. It was built in the 1920s, during a time in American history when people loved grandiose style movie houses. It has a seating capacity of 1600, which is almost unheard of in modern style theatres. Just try and find an IMAX that big.

During WWII, the building was converted into temporary housing for the United State Navy. After the war, the theater did not do well, and almost fell into disrepair by 1959. Local attempts were made during the 1970s to bring some attention to the old theatre by listing it on the official City list of historic locations. It was opened for a few years as a movie house, but then had to be closed again for lack of sufficient business. In 1985 though, the City of San Diego purchased the building and restored it. It completed that process in 2008, and reopened the location for live musical events and concerts. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, during the City’s attempts to restore and preserve the location.

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Sight Name: Balboa Theater
Sight Location: San Diego, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego   City Orientation Walk  

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Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego

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Old Town Walking Tour, San Diego

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Travel Distance: 7.1 km
City Orientation Walk

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Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km

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