Balboa Theater - 1924
1924: Birth. The theater opened and thrived as it hosted nationally known vaudeville acts including the Sunkist Beauties and Fachon & Marco who performed on opening night.
1930: Change of pace. Modest renovation to enhance the Spanish Revival architecture ushered in the next phase of the renamed El Teatro Balboa. For ten years, the theater showed Spanish-language cinema and stage shows.
1942(?): Patriotism. The theater gave itself over to the U.S. Navy in early days of World War II. The office space was converted to housing to help accommodate the swelling ranks of the U.S. military.
1959: Near Death. The historic Balboa was slated to be demolished to make room for a parking lot. It was saved by Russo Enterprises who operated the theater as an action-movie venue.
1972 Saved. The City of San Diego places the building on the local Register of Historical Places