With all the bad news in the world, the recent announcement that the Richmond District's historic Balboa Theatre would be keeping its doors open — thanks to a partnership between the non-profit San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation and the theater's veteran operator, Gary Meyer — is cause for cinematic celebration. (Full release here.)
Under president Alfonso Felder, the SFNTF (which also owns the Vogue on Sacramento Street and oversees the "Film Night in the Park" series) will lease the Balboa through 2024 — taking the built-in-1926 landmark nearly to its 100th birthday. A fundraiser tonight offers the public a chance to step up and show support for this new partnership and help raise some dough for Balboa repairs and upgrades.
The event features a "Then and Now Presentation of San Francisco Theatres" (presumably, focusing more on the pre-multiplex days), plus an Oscar season preview (get a head start on your office pool!), and live and silent auctions, with items contributed by such local luminaries as the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller. Some ticket levels include chances to "name" one of the brand-new seats in the auditorium and copies of Jack Tillmany's Theatres of San Francisco, filled with historic photos of venues — some gone long ago, others shuttered only recently (remember the Coronet? Sigh). Fortunately, the Balboa looks set to thrive for years to come.
"Celebrating the Balboa Theatre: SFNTF Fundraiser"
Tues/13, 7-9 p.m., $35-$1000
3630 Balboa, SF