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Balboa Theatre

Built in 1924, the historic Balboa Theatre was an elegant vaudeville and movie palace in the heart of downtown San Diego. At the time, it was a state-of-the-art building that included six storefronts along Fourth Ave., with 34 offices on the floors above.

Starting in 1986, the Balboa Theatre had been closed for over 20 years. After numerous efforts to privately renovate and reopen the Theatre, the commitment was made in 2002 to retain the historic Balboa Theatre as a public asset with the City's Redevelopment Agency funding its renovation and restoration and reopening the Theatre as a community performing arts center to be managed and operated by San Diego Theatres.

The City of San Diego's Redevelopment Agency has invested over $26 million into the Balboa Theatre's renovation and restoration. This has included extensive seismic retro-fit to meet current requirements, complete replacement of all infrastructure systems including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, life safety, ADA accommodations, state-of-the-industry theatrical lighting, audio, rigging and production requirements, and audience accommodations including new seating.

The project has embraced and restored the historic finishes and appearance of the Balboa Theatre while incorporating current audience and production expectations to ensure its use for generations to come.

The historic Balboa Theatre reopened in January 2008 with much acclaim from audiences and performers. Additionally, it has received numerous special awards and recognition on a local, state and national professional organizations.

Upcoming event at Balboa Theatre


  • Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m.
  • When you think of a children's musician, it's likely the songs of Raffi will pop in your mind. He's been called "the most popular children’s singer in the English-speaking world," thanks partly to the song "Baby Beluga." Raffi's also known for never advertising to children or making any commercial endorsements aimed at kids. His commitment to treating his young fans with respect changed society’s outlook on music made for children. ... Read more

All upcoming events at Balboa Theatre

RaffiApril 27, 2019

Comedian Seth MeyersMay 3, 2019

Apocalyptica Plays 'Metallica By Four Cellos' TourMay 7, 2019

Comedian Hannah GadsbyMay 10, 2019

San Diego Opera Presents One Amazing Night - Stephen Powell And Stephen Costello In ConcertMay 15, 2019

Sing Me A StoryMay 16, 2019

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra: The Spark of GeniusJune 8, 2019

Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra ShowcaseJune 9, 2019

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra: Passion And ProgressionJune 13, 2019

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra: Sublime PenitentJune 15, 2019

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra: Love, Life and LossJune 20, 2019

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra: Elemental DramaJune 22, 2019

Past events

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Business hours

Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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