SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park is facing a setback after thieves broke into the theater.
According to San Diego Police, an unknown suspect or suspects forced their way into the building between Oct. 17 and 19. The thieves ransacked two separate, secured structures on the property.
A number of high-end television production systems, autographed guitars, studio cameras, and other items were stolen.
“The doors were physically broken down,” said Steve Stopper, founder of Save Starlight. “There’s been a lot of vandalism and theft and they had to have been here a long, long time.”
Stopper said his foundation has been working for five years to bring life back to the theater that closed down in 2012. The City of San Diego has offered support to his organization.
Repairs were being completed after a tree came crashing down on the Starlight Bowl months ago, lifting asphalt in the parking lot and crushing part of the building.
“This is definitely kicking us back to almost a starting point again,” said Stopper.
Security cameras and alarms were turned off as repairs to the building were underway.
Stopper said the items stolen were worth well over $50,000. Many, including the autographed guitars, were set to be auctioned off at a gala next year in an effort to raise money for the revitalization project.
“We need someone to step up and help us,” said Stopper. “We need new options for the future. So, if anybody has any potential ideas, or help or even fiscal support: we’re here.”
If you would like to help out Save Starlight, you can donate here.
Police do not have any suspect information available.