Balboa Performing Arts Theatre
707 E. Balboa Boulevard,
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In the early-2000’s, a $2.5 million dollar restoration project, led by community activist and President of the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation, Dayna Pettit was planned. The project proposed to turn the 1928 movie palace into a cinema and performing arts center capable of hosting live events and films for 350 people.
Originally opened as the Ritz Theater in 1928, it was renamed Balboa Theatre in 1939. It was taken over by Pussycat Theatres in 1973 and operated as an adult theatre until 1975. Later operated by Landmark Theatres, it closed as a movie theatre in 1992, after years of lobbying the city for support, the city of Newport Beach purchased the building in 1998, and with construction underway, a proposal was made to re-open the theatre in 2008, but this deadline has been well past in 2012.
Plans may call for a return of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” which had been a controversial staple of the beach community’s cinema.
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