Downtown San Bernardino

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Downtown San Bernardino
Downtown San Bernardino
Downtown San Bernardino
Coordinates: 34°7′46″N 117°17′35″W / 34.12944°N 117.29306°W / 34.12944; -117.29306Coordinates: 34°7′46″N 117°17′35″W / 34.12944°N 117.29306°W / 34.12944; -117.29306
CountryUnited States
CitySan Bernardino
1,059−1,500 ft (602 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Downtown San Bernardino is a district in the city of San Bernardino, California, in San Bernardino County, United States. It is home to city and county government buildings, and to the city's central business district.[1] The downtown area of San Bernardino is home to multiple (and the only) diplomatic missions for the Inland Empire, being one of only four California cities with multiple consulates (the other cities being Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco). The governments of Guatemala (opened July 2014) and Mexico have established their consulates in the civic center.[2] Downtown San Bernardino is bounded by I-215 to the west, Waterman Avenue to the east, Baseline Street to the north, and Mill Street to the south.[1]

The San Bernardino City Council is considering another redevelopment effort. The city's Economic Development Agency presented the council with a draft of the Downtown Core Vision / Action Plan in 2009.[3] – a guide for revitalizing downtown San Bernardino for the next 10 years. The plan is the culmination of a year of research, community participation, and planning led by the city's EDA and the urban planning firm EDAW. The city is discussing the construction of a new government center/civic plaza that will contain an iconic 24 story tower.[4] On May 11, 2014 the county of San Bernardino opened a 12-story, 200-foot-tall courthouse known as the San Bernardino Justice Center. The county will consolidate many county-wide court functions in the new structure, which is the tallest building in San Bernardino and the Inland Empire.[5][6][7]


Seccombe Lake[edit]

Seccombe Lake Park includes a lake named after a former Mayor of San Bernardino. It is located at the corner of 5th Street and Sierra Way.[8] On December 10, 2015, federal authorities searched the lake after receiving a tip that the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack visited on the day of the attack. A dive team searched for evidence[9][10] but nothing relevant was found.[11]

Entertainment district[edit]

The historic California Theater.

Downtown is home to three performing arts venues and a movie theater, the most for any central business district in the Inland Empire. The city is planning a new district along Fourth Street. The key aspect of the plan is to make the area around the California Theater and future Regal San Bernardino Theater Square Stadium 14 site on Fourth Street as an area for entertainment and dining. Dining is all that is needed to make this into a reality, as Regal Stadium 14 opened in the spring of 2012.[12]

Regal Theater Square Stadium & RPX 14

Opening of Regal Entertainment Group[edit]

Downtown San Bernardino had a large, luxurious, two story theater until it closed in September 2008.[13] Maya Cinemas was expected to open at the old site of the CinemaStar on February 27, 2009, however it is did fail to do so, and plans for a downtown San Bernardino theater were scratched.[14] As of January 2011, Regal Entertainment Group was in negotiations with the city of San Bernardino to open a theater in the former Cinema Star site. In November 2011, the city of San Bernardino approved a negotiation with Regal has now taken over/rehabilitated the theater, which opened on June 29, 2012 with RPX under the name of Regal San Bernardino Theater Square Stadium 14 & RPX.[15][16]

Norman F. Feldheym Central Library[edit]

Norman F. Feldheym Library

The Norman F. Feldheym Central Library is the flagship of the San Bernardino Public Library system. It opened on September 30, 1985, and is the city's fifth central library building since the first one was operated out of a rented house in 1891. Architects Gregory Villanueva and Oscar Arnoni designed the 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) $6 million facility, which was named in honor of the late Rabbi Norman F. Feldheym.[17] The library provides a number of cultural enrichment programs for youth and adults in the local community.[18] Partnering with the San Bernardino City Unified School District, the library supports a community Reading Festival for third-graders and their families.[19] The library also sponsors an annual book fair at Cal State San Bernardino, reading clubs, and an "Academy of Public Scholars" critical review club devoted to works of Continental philosophy.[20][21]

City Hall[edit]

San Bernardino City Hall

City Hall is a six-story building designed in 1963 by César Pelli to reflect the urban environment around it.[22] Completed in 1972, the City Hall is modernist in style,[23] has curtain walls, and is clad entirely in glass, with slim aluminum mullions.[24] Parts of the building are raised off the ground by pilotis.[25]

Downtown universities[edit]

American Sports University was a private, non-profit [26] sports business university in the downtown area which has remained unaccredited since its inception in 2006; it is seeking accreditation.[27] It was granted approval to operate from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education of the State of California. It closed in 2016.

California State University, San Bernardino has plans to open a downtown campus/center near the 2nd/E Street intersection.


sbX Green Line's Civic Center Station in downtown San Bernardino, northernmost downtown stop.

Transit Center[edit]

The Downtown Transit Center is located on a five-acre site located on the southwest corner of Rialto Avenue and E Street near the San Manuel Stadium. The Transit Center connects the Mountain Areas and the High Desert with the rest of Southern California, via Omnitrans, the Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority and the Victor Valley Transit Authority. It serves as a transfer point for bus routes the county, with connections to the sbX Bus Rapid Transit system, which connects Verdemont/California State University, San Bernardino to the Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda and the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail System; which is a one-mile Metrolink extension from the Santa Fe Depot, and the Arrow passenger rail with stops en route to the University of Redlands.[28][29][30]

San Bernardino International Airport[edit]

The San Bernardino International Airport is expected to provide both domestic and international air services. It will provide growth to the city and the Inland Empire. Buses are expected to serve the airport, which lies two to three miles (5 km) from downtown. The airport finished major construction, however there are no current commercial flight airlines occupying the terminals.[31]


Main buildings[edit]

Rank Name Street address Year Use
1 San Bernardino Justice Center West 3rd St., San Bernardino 2014 Government
2 Rosa Parks Memorial Building 464 West 4th St., San Bernardino 1998 Government
3 The Enterprise Building[32] *as of 2017* (formerly known as: The Andreson Building) 320 North E St., San Bernardino 1927 Office Space and Entertainment Hub
4 Hotel & Convention Center 295 North E St., San Bernardino 1987 Hotel
5 St. Bernardine Plaza Fifth St., San Bernardino Residential
6 Vanir Tower 290 North D St., San Bernardino 1974 Office
7 San Bernardino City Hall 300 North D St., San Bernardino Government
8 303 Building 303 West Third St. San Bernardino 1966 Government
9 The Heritage Building 440 W. Court St. San Bernardino 1946

Other buildings[edit]

American Sports University's Fox Theatre
  • San Bernardino Employment and Training Agency Building
  • The Enterprise Building (formerly known as The Andreson Building)
  • American Trust Building
  • Bank Of America Building
  • Wells Fargo Building
  • Chase Building
  • First American Title Building
  • Building 505
  • San Bernardino County Center Building
  • County of San Bernardino Court 2 Building in 3rd Street
  • County Records Tower
  • Vanir Tower
  • Norman F. Feldheym Central Library
  • Medrobrook Tower



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