Balboa Theatre

San Diego, CA

A significant portion of the Balboa’s restoration involved sculpting and casting. Some of these efforts were anticipated, while other elements—such as the pilasters discovered in the Entry Lobby during construction—had long been forgotten. The pilasters were re-sculpted, restoring the theater with a feature that reflects the original aesthetic of the structure. Within the auditorium, existing decorative plaster elements were restored and used to make molds to replace deteriorated elements.

A watercolor rendering was made to enable the client and designer to glimpse what the theater would look like when fully restored. Afterwords, a full-scale mock-up sample was created in situ, making it possible for all to visualize what the space had once been, and could be once again.

Architect: Westlake Reed Leskosky Architects

Balboa Theater

Exterior lobby after restoration

Exterior lobby before restoration

Mezzanine Salon after restoration

Watercolor rendering

Full scale mock-up in situ

Mock-up sample in production

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