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Tree falls on performing arts theater in Balboa Park

SAN DIEGO — A eucalyptus tree fell on the Starlight Bowl performing arts theater in Balboa Park Monday morning, a representative with the nonprofit Save Starlight said.

City officials and Save Starlight employees discovered a heritage eucalyptus tree had fallen on the Starlight Bowl’s ticket and concession building Monday morning. The exact time of the tree’s fall was not known.

A Save Starlight spokesperson said no one was inside the building at the time of the collapse and that no injuries were reported.

A tree removal crew was in the process of removing the tree by 9 a.m. Monday.

The Starlight Bowl has been closed since 2012.  Save Starlight was formed to raise money to renovate the theater, which was originally built by the Ford Motor Company for the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition, according to the group’s website. The venue was used from the late 1950s until it was closed by the San Diego Civic Light Opera to present summer musicals. It has fallen into disrepair since the SDCLO folded in 2012.


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