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Balboa Theater - San Diego, California

OWNER: CITY OF SAN DIEGO / CENTRE CITY DEVELOPMENT CORP.
INTEGRATOR: PRO SOUND & VIDEO
COMPLETION DATE: JANUARY - 2008
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Balboa Theater Overview
Named for the Spanish explorer Vasco Nuñez de Balboa—the first European to discover the Pacific Ocean in 1513—the Balboa Theatre thrived from its opening in 1924 through 1930, and hosted nationally recognized vaudeville acts, including the Sunkist Beauties and Fanchon & Marco, who performed on opening night.

Some of the biggest movie stars of the time also appeared at the theatre, making it the centerpiece of local culture and entertainment.

The 1,534-seat theatre's interior reflects 1920s design sensibilities, blending Mediterranean Classicism with Moorish and Spanish Revival styles.

 
The Balboa Theatre had been closed for over twenty years. In 2008, the historic Balboa Theatre reopened as a performing-arts venue designed to house diverse programs of local, national and international performances, presentations, and community, corporate and convention gatherings.

It reopened with much acclaim from audiences and performers. Additionally, it has received numerous special awards and recognitions on a local, state, and national professional organizations.

Pro Sound was contracted to install the audio and video systems for the retro-fit auditorium. The AV system design included professional products from EAW, QSC, Meyer, Tannoy, Yamaha, Sennheiser, Clear-Com, Extron, Sony, Bittree, and Whirlwind.

 
The City of San Diego's Redevelopment Agency invested over $26 million into the Balboa Theatre's renovation and restoration.

This has included extensive seismic retro-fit to meet current requirements, complete replacement of all infrastructure systems including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and life safety, ADA accommodations, state-of-the-industry theatrical lighting, audio, rigging and production requirements, and audience accommodations including new seating.

The project has embraced and restored the historic finishes and appearance of the Balboa Theatre while incorporating current audience and production expectations to ensure its use for generations to come.


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