Fully restored Balboa Theatre reopens January 31, 2008
SAN DIEGO, CA — Finally, the Balboa Theatre is returning next month.
After more than 2 years of restoration and $26.5 million, the curtain is almost ready to rise again at the Balboa Theatre in Horton Plaza. The old vaudeville venue, which originally opened in 1924, has been restored to its original glory. The theater was gutted and seismically retrofitted to modern standards. Then, a team of architects, historians, artists and craftsmen refurbished the interior, restoring the original color scheme and replacing broken fixtures with recreations of the originals.
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of the ornate interior decoration, project manager Gary Bosse said. Workers have taken special care to remain faithful to the original design in all of the public spaces, he said.
A full article along with a video and 47 pictures of the interior and exterior restoration can be found at the NBCSandiego.com web site.