Balboa Theatre

3630 Balboa Street,
San Francisco, CA 94121

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gsmurph on February 5, 2004 at 4:03 am

Though the Balboa was originally a single-screen theater (one wonders what its auditorium and screen looked like as such), it was divided into two screens (about 1970’s?), and hence is now a duplex.

William on December 4, 2003 at 12:50 pm

As a single screen theatre the Balboa Theatre seated 763 people.

William on October 24, 2003 at 10:30 am

The Balboa Theatre is located at 3630 Balboa Street.

Tillmany on June 28, 2002 at 2:27 am

When the Balboa opened in February 1926, San Francisco already had another Balboa Theatre located on Ocean Avenue, on the other side of town, so this one was christened the “New Balboa” to avoid confusion between the two. By 1932 the “other” Balboa had been renamed the Westwood, and closed shortly thereafter, so the “New” was deemed no longer necessary. Ironically, confusion between the two continues to this day among local theatrephiles.

GaryParks on April 20, 2002 at 11:20 pm

This was yet another theatre designed by the prolific Reid Bros. It’s style really isn’t Art Deco. It was originally Spanish Colonial, however the later removal of much of the cast ornament on the facade, and the inclusion of a streamlined marquee and vertical sign in later years, along with beautiful etched glass hanging fixtures in the lobby and an allegorical bas relief of a muse holding Greek masks, make much of the overall feel of the place more Deco than anything else.