Balboa Theatre

3630 Balboa Street,
San Francisco, CA 94121

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LFOP
LFOP on September 20, 2006 at 4:49 pm

Currently on display in the Balboa’s lobby is a black and white photo exhibit of small town American theaters, “Last Frame of Picture”

jackeboy
jackeboy on August 4, 2006 at 1:47 pm

The Balboa has reverted back to being a neighborhood second run double feature house, as the San Francisco media and filmgoing public did not support the rep schedule. They are still planning a few special series, but the Balboa’s days as a rep house are over for the time being.

jackeboy
jackeboy on August 4, 2006 at 1:47 pm

The Balboa has reverted back to being a neighborhood second run double feature house, as the San Francisco media and filmgoing public did not support the rep schedule. They are still planning a few special series, but the Balboa’s days as a rep house are over for the time being.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 5, 2006 at 4:00 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Balboa Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 7, 2006 at 5:50 am

A night view of the Balboa Theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 20, 2005 at 5:35 am

Here are more modern photos of the Balboa Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2005 at 4:12 pm

Here is a color photo of the Balboa Theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 3:43 pm

From the San Francisco Public Library website:

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KenRoe
KenRoe on February 10, 2005 at 5:32 pm

The Balboa Theatre was built for the Samuel H. Levin chain of neighborhood theatres known as San Francisco Theatres Inc. It opened on 7th February 1926.

trooperboots
trooperboots on December 25, 2004 at 5:02 pm

I saw a great double feature there about 1995… “Shawshank Redemption” and “Ed Wood”… a quaint little theater and very nicely kept up. Also some nice deco touches as I recall!

schlizzy
schlizzy on September 2, 2004 at 2:52 pm

I am a big fan of neighborhood theaters and the Balboa is my favorite (and within walking distance from home!). I have seen several photographs around town of various neighborhood theaters (including the Balboa) and would like to know where I can buy copies of these. Suggestions? Thanks!

GaryMeyer
GaryMeyer on March 17, 2004 at 12:15 am

The etched glass light fixtures and the bas relief mural mentioned in the first posting have just been lovingly restored. Wow. We are really proud of them.

sdoerr
sdoerr on February 24, 2004 at 4:50 am

Sounds great Gary, here is a correction to the link, http://www.balboamovies.com/

GaryMeyer
GaryMeyer on February 24, 2004 at 1:01 am

As the Balboa approaches its 78th Anniversary, a big birthday bash is planned for Thursday, Feb. 26. WINGS will be screened with an original score performed by Nik Phelps of Sprocket Ensemble. It will be preceded by Melies A TRIP TO THE MOON, Felix the Cat in ASTRONOMEOWS, silent trailers, a vaudeville show with classic magician James Hamilton and San Francisco’s own “It” girl, Suzanne Ramsey as Kitten on the Keys plus prizes and birthday cake.

ADA upogrades are apace and the stunning paint job in the lobby higlights the interior deco detail. The broken etched glass lamp shades are being replicated and little by little the Balboa will become a deserving gem.

Audiences already love the theater for its good movie selection, low prices and friendly staff. It publishes a weekly email newsletter (subscribe at wenbsite: http://www>BalboaMovies.com .

gsmurph
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
William on December 4, 2003 at 12:50 pm

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

William
William on October 24, 2003 at 10:30 am

The Balboa Theatre is located at 3630 Balboa Street.

Tillmany
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
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.