April 15, 2024
The Balboa Theatre. Photograph credit score: historictheatrephotos.com through https://sandiegotheatres.org/

A celebration of the downtown Balboa Theatre’s a centesimal anniversary will kick off Thursday with a reception and music, adopted by occasions for kids and performances by area people teams over the weekend.

Organizers stated the Thursday reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. with organ music performed by Ken Double, and pianist and playwright Hershey Felder will carry out the American Songbook beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, there shall be a silent film evening to honor members of the navy.

Saturday will characteristic kids’s cartoons beginning at 10 a.m., adopted by night performances by San Diego neighborhood artists and artwork teams starting at 6 p.m.

This weekend, Double will play a restored Surprise Morton Organ, “an icon of the silent movie period and a nod to the Balboa Theatre’s early programming of silent movies and vaudeville performances,” that can permit attendees “to expertise a novel mix of historic authenticity and trendy leisure,” organizers added.

Refurbished in 2008, the theater is “architecturally and culturally important to San Diego,” organizers stated in a information launch.

When it opened on March 28, 1924, the venue began as a vaudeville home. Throughout World Struggle II, it served “as a spot of respite for navy males,” organizers stated.

“Immediately, the Balboa Theatre is dwelling to various performing arts exhibits, together with comedy, dance, and musical performances,” they added. “Hundreds of San Diegans attend exhibits staged on the Balboa yearly.”

For practically 50 years, “we’ve been thrilled to current the most effective of Broadway in San Diego,” stated Nick Scandalios, chief working workplace of The Nederlander Group, guardian firm of native presenters Broadway San Diego.

“The Balboa Theatre has been dwelling to lots of our occasions together with Broadway San Diego’s annual native highschool musical theatre awards,” he added. “We couldn’t be extra proud to acknowledge and rejoice the a centesimal anniversary and stay up for sharing tales from her stage for a few years to return.”

Proceeds from the Thursday anniversary gala will fund the Balboa Theatre Grant Fund, which underwrites performances “to make the manufacturing of an occasion there as inexpensive and accessible as attainable to the San Diego Group,” organizers stated.

Occasion sponsors embrace The Nederlander Group — which presents Broadway San Diego — and philanthropists Les and Andi Rothschild Silver.

Twenty-seven sponsors contributed greater than $250,000, organizers stated.

–Metropolis Information Service