Bal Theatre

14808 E. 14th Street,
San Leandro, CA 94578

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The Bal Theatre opened on July 1, 1946 and was closed in 2005.

It was reopened in April 2010.

Contributed by Jeremy Sanford

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Looks like the Bal will be opening on November 14, 2009. Here is their website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm

This is a November 2, 2009 article about the Bal Theater.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on February 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

There have been independently made documentaries that have been showing here on Saturdays since November. Status should be changed to “open”. I am curious as to how much of an audience the documentaries are doing.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Here is a somewhat vertiginous view of the Bal:
http://tinyurl.com/yavk7d5

robertcampbell
robertcampbell on April 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Great News! The grand reopening of the Bal will be on 4/23/10. According to the website calendar, renovations are being done, including the installation of a new curtain. Classic films are scheduled to play, starting with His Girl Friday on the 24th.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm

The Bal Theatre was designed by architect Vincent G. Raney. An article about it appeared in Boxoffice of September 14, 1946. There are four photos. The article mistakenly palces the Bal in Oakland.

davidkaye
davidkaye on June 18, 2011 at 2:04 am

Does anybody know why it was named the Bal? Is it Spanish? Was it someone’s last name?

Corksoaker
Corksoaker on July 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm

@davidkaye: Because that’s the name of that neighborhood in San Leandro. (I’m from San Leandro originally, grew up there in the 60’s/70’s)

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

Here is an updated link to the 1946 Boxoffice article about the Bal Theatre.

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