"Restoration of the Burbank and the West San Carlos area should be a major focus of revitalizing central San Jose."
Save The Burbank!
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560 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose
Cantin & Cantin, Architects
An Art Moderne classic from the golden age of cinema, the Burbank Theater stands ready and waiting for a new lease on life. The former theater’s soaring, three-sided sign tower and angular marquee are beloved beacons for the surrounding Burbank neighborhood, but following a recent foreclosure, the now-vacant property has suffered greatly under absentee ownership.
The theater was sold at auction on December 15th, 2021, for $1.6 million to TRU Investments LLC, which recently relisted the property for sale. PAC*SJ is working closely with community stakeholders to identify potential reuses and we stand ready and eager to assist the current and future owners. The property is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and was added to the Santa Clara County Heritage Resource Inventory in 2018, but is no longer protected from demolition following the property's recent annexation by the City of San Jose. We are therefore urging the City to designate the building a City Landmark.
History of the Theater
Recent Media Coverage
"Will the Burbank Theater survive as part of San Jose?" Mercury News, 4/8/2023
"What's next for blighted San Jose theater?," San Jose Spotlight, 3/29/2023
"Future of San Jose theater unclear amid annexation," San Jose Spotlight, 2/23/2023
"San Jose’s historic Burbank Theater sells for $1.6 million at auction," San Jose Spotlight, 12/15/2021