Bal Theatre

14808 E. 14th Street,
San Leandro, CA 94578

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Bal Theatre, San Leandro (Official)

Additional Info

Architects: Vincent G. Raney

Functions: Live Performances, Movies (Classic)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 510.614.1224

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News About This Theater

Bal Whole Building, Night

The Bal Theatre opened on July 3, 1946 with Cornel Wilde in “The Bandit of Sherwood Forest” & Dennis o'Keefe in “Getting Gertie’s Garter”. It was closed in 2005.

It was reopened in April 2010.

Contributed by Jeremy Sanford

Recent comments (view all 37 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 21, 2009 at 3:32 am

Here is a January 1961 ad from the Hayward Review:

scottfavareille on February 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm

There have been independently made documentaries that have been showing here on Saturdays since November. Status should be changed to “open”. I am curious as to how much of an audience the documentaries are doing.

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2010 at 3:12 am

Here is a somewhat vertiginous view of the Bal:

robertcampbell on April 15, 2010 at 3:03 am

Great News! The grand reopening of the Bal will be on 4/23/10. According to the website calendar, renovations are being done, including the installation of a new curtain. Classic films are scheduled to play, starting with His Girl Friday on the 24th.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 16, 2010 at 7:18 am

The Bal Theatre was designed by architect Vincent G. Raney. An article about it appeared in Boxoffice of September 14, 1946. There are four photos. The article mistakenly palces the Bal in Oakland.

davidkaye on June 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

Does anybody know why it was named the Bal? Is it Spanish? Was it someone’s last name?

Corksoaker on August 1, 2011 at 3:26 am

@davidkaye: Because that’s the name of that neighborhood in San Leandro. (I’m from San Leandro originally, grew up there in the 60’s/70’s)

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Here is an updated link to the 1946 Boxoffice article about the Bal Theatre.

rivest266 on August 5, 2018 at 12:37 am

This opened on July 3rd, 1946. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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