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Centre City Development Corporation/Gary Bosse
A Star is Reborn

Listed on the National Register, the beautiful, publicly-owned Balboa Theatre is an original vaudeville-era variety and movie house that was constructed at the corner of 4th Avenue and E Street in 1924. After sitting dark for many years, the prominent Spanish Revival style landmark finally reopened this past January thanks to an astounding 26.5 million dollar investment and an 18-year-long effort.

During its transformation into a modern, multi-venue performing arts center, its magnificent original architectural detailing was retained and carefully restored. The grand interior expresses an abundant range of eclectic Mediterranean, Moorish and Spanish Revival style influences, demonstrated by a rich and unusual color palette, cast-plaster wall and ceiling surfaces painted metallic bronze, and ornate gilded plaster grillwork.

The theatre stands as both a reminder of our rich cultural heritage, and as a testament to downtown's thriving arts and culture scene. The restoration was achieved with a collaboration of experts; the award-winning architectural engineering and theatrical design firm Westlake Reed Leskosky of Phoenix, and San Diego's own Heritage Architecture & Planning who served as Associate Architect and Preservation Consultant, with many other consultants involved, all lending their diverse specialties to this complicated, multi-faceted project. We are elated to present the Star Is Reborn Award to the Center City Development Corporation and to their project manager Gary Bosse for completing the beautiful, long-awaited restoration of the Balboa Theatre.


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2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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