Filming San Diego: Balboa Park

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The Magnificent Fraud Since the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Balboa Park’s Spanish revival architecture, its vast landscape, and individual institutions have been used in the movies. At least 30 movie companies made movies during the silent era. San Diegans came in droves to be cast as extras for movies such as Douglas Fairbanks’ The Americano or Allan Dwan’s Soldiers of Fortune. Later, the park was represented as a Florida mansion in Citizen Kane and a castle in India in The Rains Came. The Park’s versatility has recently been evident with such movies as Traffic and The Tiger Woods Story.


The Dictator Other Films with Balboa Park Locations:
Mr Billings Spends His Dime
The Dictator
The Magnificent Fraud