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First Balboa Theater, later renamed the Westwood, on Ocean Avenue near Faxon Avenue, 1928. -

Balboa/Westwood Theater

Balboa (later the Westwood) Theater
1634 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, California

Opened: December 23, 1922

Closed: About 1933

This first Balboa theater lost its unique name after the "New" Balboa Theatre opened in the Richmond district. Renamed the Westwood in 1932, the movie house had already lost most of its business the year before, when the mighty El Rey opened just up the street. The Westwood soon closed and was torn down.

(Thanks to Jack Tillmany for this information.)

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Page launched 8 May 2001; Updated 6 August 2012.

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