Benefit party and auction at the Balboa Theater, Dec. 13

Back in October, it was announced that the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation (SFNTF) and the Balboa Theater would be teaming up to extend the theater’s lease through 2024.

Now that they’ve established that the Balboa will stay open, there’s still a lot to be done to help it meet the demands of the next movie-going generation.

Next Tuesday night at 7pm, the Balboa Theater will host a special event and auction at the theater to help raise funds for needed improvements (all digital projection systems) and ongoing maintenance at SFNTF theaters. The event will feature a big screen presentation of San Francisco Theatres: Then & Now, an Oscar season preview and a live auction.

The live auction will feature tons of movie themed items and memorabilia including a chance for you and 200 friends to takeover the theater for a night, copies of the recent Playland and Sutro’s documentaries, a HUGO poster signed by Martin Scorcese, a pair of house seats to a Cal Performances concert of your choice, and much, much more.

The SFNTF has also pledged to match any money raised at the benefit, so whatever you donate via your ticket puchase or for auction items will be worth twice as much. Proceeds raised will go towards upgrades at the Vogue and Balboa theaters for new heaters, marquee and fa├žade restoration, plus new seats and wall coverings.

Tickets start at just $35 and can be ordered online at the SFNTF website.

The Balboa is also offering patrons a chance to put their name on the new seats that will be installed sometime in the future.

Sarah B.