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The Endangered 8: 

San José's Most Threatened Architectural and Cultural Landmarks of 2022

Burbank Theater


560 S. Bascom Avenue


Built 1949


Cantin & Cantin


Neglect, Redevelopment

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 bank ownership. 

The theater was sold at auction on December 15th, 2021, for $1.6 million to TRU Investments LLC. PAC*SJ is working closely with community stakeholders to identify potential reuses and we stand ready and eager to assist the new owner. 

UPDATE APRIL 2023: The City of San Jose recenly annexed the property, formerly located in unincorporated Santa Clara County. This annexation removed the building from the jurisdiction of the County Historical Heritage Commission and leaves it vulnerable to demolition. CLICK HERE to sign our petition urging the City of San Jose to extend Landmark protections to the building!

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