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The Endangered 8: 2024 

San José's Most Threatened Architectural and Cultural Landmarks

Burbank Theater


560 S. Bascom Avenue


Built 1949


Cantin & Cantin


Neglect, Redevelopment

Designed by theater specialists Cantin & Cantin, this Art Moderne showstopper remains vacant and in limbo three years after new owners purchased it with plans for a full exterior rehabilitation. A new proposal would now replace the theater with a five-story apartment block, demolishing everything but its iconic tower sign and marquee. However, funding for this new plan is uncertain and would require a rezoning unsupported by the City’s Urban Village plan for this key commercial gateway. Meanwhile the building is falling further into decay and remains prone to squatters, taggers, and scrappers despite a recent and questionable new paint job intended to “beautify” the site.


Real Deal, "Tru Investments aims to save part of San Jose theater in redevelopment," Feb. 1, 2024

Mercury News, "Historic Burbank Theater might become part of San Jose housing project," Jan 29, 2024.

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