AKA: Balboa Theater #2, Outer Richmond, San Francisco, CA; New Balboa Theatre, Outer Richmond, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Reid Brothers, Architects (firm); James William Reid (architect); Merritt Jonathan Reid (architect)

Dates: constructed 1925-1926

2 stories

3630 Balboa Street
Outer Richmond, San Francisco, CA 94121

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Building History

Owned by Samuel H. Levin, the New Balboa Theatre opened 02/07/1926, causing confusion with the first Balboa Theatre, which changed its name to the "Westwood" as a result. It accommodated 800 viewers originally. The Levin Family operated the theatre from 1926 until 2001, when it was leased to the Landmarks Theatre chain.

Building Notes

The exterior had austere Spanish Colonial Revival styling, appropriate to its name.


The Balboa Theatre #2 suffered a fire in 1978, that triggered a remodeling effort. The single auditorium was halved into two projection rooms at this time.

PCAD id: 12121