The now demolished Balboa Stadium near San Diego's Balboa Park hosted The Beatles, two sitting presidents, The Beach Boys, the San Diego Chargers and more. Learn about Balboa Stadium's history in this new free informational video from Jordan Liles, and discover more about the Starlight Bowl and abandoned history projects on his channel.
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Thank you to everyone for watching my new film Starlight Over San Diego. Here's a selection of new Facebook and YouTube comments that have come in over the last 2-3 days!
"Saw Crosby, Stills and Nash in 69. Free concerts from KPRI"
Mindy Jones Timer
“That is sad, used to be such a cool place. And i was one of those little kids up on the stage playing one of the many pianos up there for the annual Thearle's piano festival...lol.”
“Wonderful Memories. Thanks for sharing.”
Annette Evans Webb
“Super sad :(“
“Awesome video, the memories come flooding back. A couple of notable concerts I saw there were not mentioned, Lee Michaels and Taj Mahal.”
“So glad Sid got to appear on this stage. What a sad closure - I wasn't aware until now. I loved going and freezing like the actors on stage when the planes flew by. The plane interruptions could have been annoying, yet instead it was really a fun part of the experience and even one way the Starlight stood out from other venues. Hmmm, so sad! Thanks for sharing this!”
“So sad. I had season tickets for years and took my daughter, Brianna Cerasoli, there in the 80's and went to see EliseG's friends perform there also. Never give up hope.”
Cinda K Lucas
“Breaks my heart to see this. We had 13 wonderful years celebrating our 50th and 60th at an award winning venue. Amazing memories.”
“Loved the freeze when a plane flew over. Best show was Fiddler, Tevia gets the warning to freeze. He steps out, looks up, shakes his head no, and continues to sing over the oncoming aircraft.”
“I know some history, why it failed, options that where passed up. I know that before it was renovated, right at the time they went bust, they offered a revival group a different site. To this day I wish I knew where that was.”
“really sad. I believe that this was my first experience with professional theater and I thought that it was the greatest”
Dawn M Beisigl
“I remember the delightful novelty of watching the actors freeze with such precision when I was a kid, the fun of working concessions in high school ( thanks to Ed Hollingsworth!) , and was sooo looking forward to taking my own kids. Such a loss for San Diego's families both culturally and historically.”
“The venue is good, the talent is here, but the management, as is often the case, fails. I was involved with Starlight from '72 to '77, and learned a lot there. I still stay in touch with some of the people I met there (mostly pit musicians).”
“Seems someone needs to bring the bowl back to life. What a waste to have it just sitting there with all the acting and music talent San Diego has to offer!! I had the wonderful experience of playing in a few of the productions back in the day.”
Tiffany Marie Hall
“So sad! I was in quite a few plays there. Much of my young adult years were spent there.”
“I saw so many plays there. Have wonderful memories. So sad that it's in shambles. Hopefully someone will step up and restore it.”
“Wow! I volunteered there in 2008 when Chris Plonka was the Artistic Director. I remember reinstalling plumbing (and cleaning) the bathrooms inside. I remember helping put up the retaining wall stage left, I remember placing rope lighting all over the front for the season opening! Helping run the concession stand during the day and night and even watching the shows from the conference room above the box office. Helping customers with tickets and attending gala's and a UFC fight night there too. I'm really gonna miss that place.”
“Starlight is one of my shining childhood memories!”
“Awesome video for any stagehand, Tour tech ect. kinda emotional”
"I love your videos! You are a cinematic urban curator. Sorry to make such a banal comment, but I enjoy your work immensely! Have a wonderful day!"