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December 21, 1986 | Richard Buffum
Dear old Jim Sleeper, the sage of Trabuco Canyon and veteran Orange County historian, has kindly straightened me out on the history of the Balboa Pavilion, now festively festooned with Christmas lights. I previously reported here that the Pavilion was built in 1905. This is a year too early, Sleeper says. There was no way to get to Balboa in 1905, "except by rowboat or shank's mare," he says. "To be sure, 'talk' was in the works before any sticks went up.
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October 22, 2011 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
A prime piece of waterfront next to the historic Balboa Pavilion would be transformed into a sprawling $40-million ocean exploration center under a plan proposed by the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. The ocean-themed complex would all but erase the kitschy 1930s-era Fun Zone from the Balboa landscape, replacing it with a three-story glass and metal structure that would include submarine simulators and a 4-D theater, the fourth dimension being the salt mist that would be pumped into the room for the full effect.
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March 30, 2000 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
The Guilds of Casa Teresa Orange County presents "Steppin' Out: A Nostalgic Look at the '40s" dinner and auction fund-raiser Saturday at the Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Balboa. The evening will include dinner and big band music and will benefit Orange-based Casa Teresa, a haven for single, pregnant women. Cost is $75. Information: (714) 538-4860.
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March 31, 2011 | By Sarah Peters, Los Angeles Times
The Catalina Flyer is to resume daily service from Newport Beach to Catalina Island on Friday with machinery that should give passengers a quieter and smoother ride, the catamaran's owner announced. The 600-seat passenger boat, which runs between the Balboa Pavilion and Avalon, was removed from service in mid-September to have its engines replaced. While the new engines were being installed on Whidbey Island, Wash., the company temporarily rented a 149-seat boat to make the daily crossings between Catalina and Newport Beach, owner Armen Gugasian said.
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July 19, 1995
In the summer of 1924, the dance floors were packed on Sundays in Newport Beach. The business boom was born when Long Beach, a popular destination, enacted "blue laws" prohibiting dances on Sundays. Dedicated dancers seeking a different venue discovered the Balboa Pavilion. The pavilion was managed by J. P. Greeley, later to become the first county schools superintendent.
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January 10, 2001 | Dana Bushee, (714) 966-5636
The Balboa Pavilion, famous for its outline of festive white lights, will remain dim this month during maintenance. Former owner Phil Tozer installed the more than 1,400 lights along the building's rim in 1968 to illuminate the Victorian landmark against the Newport Harbor. But residents will have to do without the lit backdrop until the first week of February while the building is tented for maintenance, pavilion officials said.
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October 12, 1986 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms of Laguna Beach are authors of "Away for the Weekend," a travel guide to Southern California.
The Ferris wheel and the merry-go-round are turning again at Balboa. That coastal community's famous 50-year-old Fun Zone is back in action after a complete renovation. With the annual invasion by beachgoers over until next summer, now is a relaxing time to become reacquainted with Balboa. You'll enjoy one of the last of California's old-time recreational centers on the waterfront. Harbor cruises, new restaurants and a reborn 1930s hotel are among the attractions.
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October 13, 1988 | PATRICK MOTT, Patrick Mott is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
There's a certain value to playing tourist in your own back yard. You don't want to wind up like the native New Yorker who has never been to the top of the Empire State Building or the Washingtonian who has never taken a tour of the White House. So, at least one visit to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm should probably be a part of every county resident's life. And so should an excursion cruise around Newport Harbor.
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January 19, 1989 | PATRICK MOTT, Patrick Mott is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
It's difficult to imagine today, with the towers of Newport Center looming up over the roofs of Balboa, but there was a day when the Balboa Pavilion was considered the neighborhood's monolith. During the first decade of this century, it dwarfed everything else in sight. It was a Victorian behemoth set against the flimsy cottages that were used by day vacationers who trundled down from Los Angeles on the old Pacific Electric Red Cars.
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December 1, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The screen will remain dark for a while, but at least the marquee on the 71-year-old Balboa Theatre was lighted Monday during a lease-signing ceremony between Newport Beach officials and the foundation trying to save the vintage movie house. For 3 1/2 years the Balboa Performing Arts Theatre Foundation has worked to renovate and reopen the venue, at 707 W. Balboa Blvd., which was closed in 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2001 | Dana Bushee, (714) 966-5636
The Balboa Pavilion, famous for its outline of festive white lights, will remain dim this month during maintenance. Former owner Phil Tozer installed the more than 1,400 lights along the building's rim in 1968 to illuminate the Victorian landmark against the Newport Harbor. But residents will have to do without the lit backdrop until the first week of February while the building is tented for maintenance, pavilion officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
The Guilds of Casa Teresa Orange County presents "Steppin' Out: A Nostalgic Look at the '40s" dinner and auction fund-raiser Saturday at the Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Balboa. The evening will include dinner and big band music and will benefit Orange-based Casa Teresa, a haven for single, pregnant women. Cost is $75. Information: (714) 538-4860.
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December 11, 1999 | JANICE JONES DODDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One summer evening when my daughter, Caitlin, was about 2 years old, we decided to go exploring. We ended up at Balboa, and there she led me on a walk that has become a tradition. The stopping points and spontaneous diversions she pursued along our original route are revisited each time, perhaps to recapture the magic of our first journey. She's 5 now and knows the way. She tugs me along from point to point, grasping me by the finger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The screen will remain dark for a while, but at least the marquee on the 71-year-old Balboa Theatre was lighted Monday during a lease-signing ceremony between Newport Beach officials and the foundation trying to save the vintage movie house. For 3 1/2 years the Balboa Performing Arts Theatre Foundation has worked to renovate and reopen the venue, at 707 W. Balboa Blvd., which was closed in 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1995
In the summer of 1924, the dance floors were packed on Sundays in Newport Beach. The business boom was born when Long Beach, a popular destination, enacted "blue laws" prohibiting dances on Sundays. Dedicated dancers seeking a different venue discovered the Balboa Pavilion. The pavilion was managed by J. P. Greeley, later to become the first county schools superintendent.
NEWS
January 19, 1989 | PATRICK MOTT, Patrick Mott is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
It's difficult to imagine today, with the towers of Newport Center looming up over the roofs of Balboa, but there was a day when the Balboa Pavilion was considered the neighborhood's monolith. During the first decade of this century, it dwarfed everything else in sight. It was a Victorian behemoth set against the flimsy cottages that were used by day vacationers who trundled down from Los Angeles on the old Pacific Electric Red Cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1999 | JANICE JONES DODDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One summer evening when my daughter, Caitlin, was about 2 years old, we decided to go exploring. We ended up at Balboa, and there she led me on a walk that has become a tradition. The stopping points and spontaneous diversions she pursued along our original route are revisited each time, perhaps to recapture the magic of our first journey. She's 5 now and knows the way. She tugs me along from point to point, grasping me by the finger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2011 | By Sarah Peters, Los Angeles Times
The Catalina Flyer is to resume daily service from Newport Beach to Catalina Island on Friday with machinery that should give passengers a quieter and smoother ride, the catamaran's owner announced. The 600-seat passenger boat, which runs between the Balboa Pavilion and Avalon, was removed from service in mid-September to have its engines replaced. While the new engines were being installed on Whidbey Island, Wash., the company temporarily rented a 149-seat boat to make the daily crossings between Catalina and Newport Beach, owner Armen Gugasian said.
NEWS
October 13, 1988 | PATRICK MOTT, Patrick Mott is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
There's a certain value to playing tourist in your own back yard. You don't want to wind up like the native New Yorker who has never been to the top of the Empire State Building or the Washingtonian who has never taken a tour of the White House. So, at least one visit to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm should probably be a part of every county resident's life. And so should an excursion cruise around Newport Harbor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1986 | Richard Buffum
Dear old Jim Sleeper, the sage of Trabuco Canyon and veteran Orange County historian, has kindly straightened me out on the history of the Balboa Pavilion, now festively festooned with Christmas lights. I previously reported here that the Pavilion was built in 1905. This is a year too early, Sleeper says. There was no way to get to Balboa in 1905, "except by rowboat or shank's mare," he says. "To be sure, 'talk' was in the works before any sticks went up.
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