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On a mild February day in 1926, San Francisco theater magnate Samuel\
\ H. Levin address an anxious crowd of cinemagoers at the opening of his newest\
\ movie house. Ever the family man, Levin saw himself as a man providing entertainment\
\ for all ages. "In the New Balboa, as in all my theaters," he said, "I seek\
\ to supply the comforts and intimate surroundings \nassociated with the higher\
\ ideals of home life."\n\n
Nearly 100 years later, the lights of the Balboa\
\ Theatre's maquee still burn against the night sky, calling patrons into a cozy\
\ cinema suffuse with classic designs pulled from the Golden Age of Hollywood. However,\
\ these historical flourishes belie the modern innovations behind the scenes. The\
\ theatre was completely overhauled in 2011, with technicians retrofitting each\
\ auditorium with state-of-the-art digital sound and projection systems.\n\n\
This technological refresher helps the Balboa continue its main mission: showcasing\ \ must-see movies. These often take the form of first-run blockbusters, but the\ \ Balboa doesn't simply mimic the faceless megaplexes. Family films, motion-picture\ \ classics, and buzzed-about documentaries all find a place on the theater's twin\ \ screens, celebrating both the film world's diversity and the Balboa's original\ \ purpose.