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Best Small Neighborhood Theater 

The Balboa

Okay, so it's not the Castro Theatre but the Balboa is still an enjoyable throwback to a nearly forgotten era of moviegoing. A small theater designed to serve its immediate community, the Balboa opened in 1926 and is currently run by movie buffs Adam Bergeron and his wife, Jami Holker. Now a two-screen theater, the Balboa's Art Deco marquee remains fully intact, as does its historic lobby. Though it's primarily a first-run theater, many classic films are screened here as well: Popcorn Palace commences Saturday mornings and $10 gets you in to see a classic film, with freshly made popcorn and a drink to boot. Additional classic films screen Thursday at 7:30 p.m. It's a great movie theater to make out in like you are on your first date.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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