See Balboa Pavillion in Buster Keaton’s Films!

Deconstructing our iconic pavillion


The Balboa, an eight-count WWII-era swing dance, has its roots here, but the fast-moving jitterbug was banned due to the building’s deterioration.

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The pavilion’s copula and long slanting roof line are recognizable in silent-film maker Buster Keaton’s “College” (1927), in a race between rowing teams in Newport Harbor, and in “The Cameraman” (1928), as the Westport Yacht Club.

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“The Cameraman”
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