Community comes together to restore Starlight Bowl

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SAN DIEGO — The community came together Saturday to help preserve a piece of history at Balboa Park.

Over 400 people gathered to clean up the abandoned Starlight Bowl.

“This is a gem in Balboa Park. It’s an important part and piece to the puzzle of the entire Balboa Park,” said Nancy Bradford.

The goal now is to preserve, revive and revitalize the open theater, which has been non-operational since 2011, so that over 3,000 seats can be filled for musical performances once again.

“We have plans, so we embrace that. We know that there are certain things we can do and certain things we can’t. We hope to be that window between the up-and-coming performances and the things that are being developed,” said Steve Stopper, a long time San Diego Arts advocate who is also spearheading the project.

Stopper says they also plan to have educational based entertainment. Now, they just need a tenant.

“We’re interested in anyone who has interest in the place to connect with us,” Stopper said.

Bradford says she still recalls her last concert and hopes future generations can build similar memories.

“My mother use to bring me here to see musical theater. I was in musical theater in high school and it was a good opportunity to see how theater works as well,” Bradford said.