The Centre City Development Corp. announced Friday that restoration will begin this week on the 81-year-old Balboa Theatre, which has sat dormant for nearly 20 years. The city of San Diego designated the theater, built in 1924, as an historic site in 1972. In 1985 CCDC saved the property through eminent domain, and two years later, the Balboa Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
After numerous failed attempts over the past 18 years to privately renovate and reopen the theater, CCDC has committed to retaining this venue as a public asset and will restore it using the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings. In 2007, the theater will reopen as a performing-arts venue designed to house programs of local, national and international performances; presentations; and community, corporate and convention gatherings.