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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

La Jolla Music Society Presents Sir András Schiff

  • Friday, February 22, 8 p.m.
  • La Jolla Music Society welcomes the return of pianist Sir András Schiff. Awarded Knighthood by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June 2014, Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer. His program will feature music by J.S. Bach, Bartok, Janacek and Schumann. There will be a 7 p.m. prelude interview by Seth Lerer. Call (858) 459-3728 for additional information. Read more

All upcoming events at Balboa Theatre

La Jolla Music Society Presents Sir András SchiffFebruary 22, 2019

An Evening With Gregory PorterFebruary 24, 2019

ArtPower Presents Ephrat Asherie DanceFebruary 26, 2019

Joe Jackson Four Decade TourMarch 6, 2019

The Irish RoversMarch 9, 2019

Gordon Lightfoot: 80 Years Strong TourMarch 13, 2019

Patterns In MusicMarch 14, 2019

Randy Rainbow LiveMarch 16, 2019

The Official Blues Brothers RevueMarch 24, 2019

La Jolla Music Society Presents Ukulele Orchestra Of Great BritainMarch 29, 2019

'Motown: The Music + The Legends'April 13, 2019

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

Sing Me A StoryMay 16, 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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