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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

Killer Queen

  • Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Lead singer Patrick Myers said “It’s been an amazing journey. That first show back in June 1993 changed my life. We thought our band would last maybe a summer at the most but it’s a very addictive thing performing these songs! The concerts grew and grew and we’ve ended up playing and selling out the same arenas that Queen played at their peak. It’s been quite a surreal ride. Becoming ... Read more

All upcoming events at Balboa Theatre

Killer QueenTomorrow

Ivan Amodei’s Secrets & IllusionsJune 29, 2019

Animaniacs In ConcertJuly 18, 2019

'The Adventure Zone' Graphic Novel LiveJuly 19, 2019

Thomas Middleditch And Ben Schwartz Improv ShowJuly 19, 2019

Last Podcast On The Left July 20, 2019

Louise Penny - 'A Better Man'August 31, 2019

The Capitol StepsOctober 19, 2019

One Amazing Night 2020: Ailyn Pérez and Joshua Guerrero - In RecitalDecember 11, 2019

San Diego Opera Presents 'Aging Magician'March 13, 2020

San Diego Opera Presents 'The Falling And The Rising'May 8, 2020

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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