Strolling through the beautiful architecture of Balboa Park is awe inspiring as well as calming. It brings visitors on a tour through the past, as well as bring enjoyment of many things in the present. The museums, the gardens, exhibitions and entertainment are all things that locals and tourists come to enjoy in this beautiful and historic San Diego park. But, visitors are not the only ones that find Balboa Park to be a diamond in their eyes.
Film producers and cinematographers from near and far have found Balboa Park to be a perfect setting for the big screen. The detailed architecture can create a historical feel, whether it be a college campus setting or a park fairground. The lush gardens can create a feel of a local park or a tropical island. The open landscape areas are perfect for filming large crowds and scenes. Whatever the desired setting or story, Balboa Park has a lot to offer for the filmmaker.
The following are Hollywood hits where viewers can see Balboa Park, San Diego transformed for the big screen:
- The Organ Pavilion was used to stage an explosion scene in the film Top Dog starring Chuck Norris
- The television series Veronica Mars used Balboa Park for many of it's scenes
- The film Outta Time showed star Mario Lopez attending college in Balboa Park
- Citizen Kane used Balboa Park for mansion scenes and also exhibited animal from the San Diego Zoo
- The 1979 movie Scavenger Hunt had many scenes filmed in Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo
- National Lampoon's Dorm Daze exterior campus shots are actually Balboa Park buildings
- The 1915 silent film Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exhibition was filmed at the 1915 Exhibition
- The California Bell Tower at the Museum of Man appears in the movie Almost Famous
- A 2006 episode of Desire was filmed at the Organ Pavilion
- The 2000 film Traffic has multiple scenes shot in Balboa Park
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy shows several scenes of beautiful Balboa Park
Balboa Park has always been a favorite for visitors from near and far, but Hollywood has also gained a liking for this San Diego gem. Next time these films come across the screen, take notice of some of Balboa Park's famous features - they've made it to the big screen.