Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Culture

1915 EXPO CENTENNIAL: Overview Balboa Park, 7th Avenue Homes & Park, Spreckles Theater, MCRD, Navy

Isthmus, Fun Zone, Balboa Park Expo.
Courtesy of the San Diego History Center
Isthmus, Fun Zone, Balboa Park Expo.

Airs Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

Join host Elsa Sevilla as she uncovers stories from the 1915 Exposition in Balboa Park

The 1915 EXPO CENTENNIAL series uses rare, historic black and white photos and film to tell the story of City Park and how the Exposition was planned.

The series promises to give television viewers a unique glimpse into the 1915 Exposition. Find out how City Park was planned and meet the key city leaders who created the urban park for San Diego.

Also, learn about Balboa Park's architectural and landscaping designs, world-renowned architects, rare historic black and white photos and film that show unique aspects of the fair.

We'll also show you rare artifacts from the 1915 Exposition and unique behind the scenes tours of the park, museum vaults and historic buildings.

Spreckels Theatre. The theater marquee reads "World Premiere! The Roaring Twenties with James Cagney & Priscilla Lane." The Spreckels Theatre has been in almost continuous operation since its official opening on August 23, 1912. It was commissioned by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal for the 1915 Panama California Exposition.
Courtesy of the San Diego History Center
Spreckels Theatre. The theater marquee reads "World Premiere! The Roaring Twenties with James Cagney & Priscilla Lane." The Spreckels Theatre has been in almost continuous operation since its official opening on August 23, 1912. It was commissioned by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal for the 1915 Panama California Exposition.

On this episode, host and producer Elsa Sevilla gives viewers a spectacular glimpse into the 1915 Exposition in Balboa Park.

Take a tour of what used to be the Isthmus or the "Fun Zone" at the Expo.

Learn about the different exhibits that visitors from around the country enjoyed.

You'll also find out when and why the U.S. Marines and Navy Sailors stayed in Balboa Park.

Watch On Your Schedule:

All past episodes are available for streaming on demand.

SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES, hosted by Elsa Sevilla, shares tales from the past, reigniting the love affair with San Diego's special places. Sevilla Productions is on Facebook.

What questions do you have about the Statewide General Election coming up on Nov. 8? Submit your questions here, and we'll try to answer them in our reporting.