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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

NPR's 'Ask Me Another'

  • Today, 7:30 p.m.
  • Ask Me Another is the rambunctious live show from NPR and WNYC that mixes trivia games with comedy and music to make an hour of mind-boggling fun. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites guests, celebrities, and listeners alike to take on challenges and to be serenaded by house musician Jonathan Coulton, with one contestant crowned the episode's Ask Me Another champion. Special guest will be Tony Hawk and Adam Lambert. For tickets ... Read more

All upcoming events at Balboa Theatre

NPR's 'Ask Me Another'Today

Merry-Achi Christmas 2018Tomorrow

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Presents Jingle 2018December 15, 2018

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2018December 17, 2018

Windham Hill Winter SolsticeDecember 18, 2018

A Peter White Christmas 2018December 21, 2018

Comedian Tom SeguraJanuary 11, 2019

ArtPower Presents David SedarisJanuary 16, 2019

Iliza Shlesinger - Elder Millennial TourJanuary 18, 2019

Louie AndersonJanuary 19, 2019

La Jolla Music Society Presents Jazz In The Key Of EllisonFebruary 16, 2019

La Jolla Music Society Presents Sir András SchiffFebruary 22, 2019

Patterns In MusicMarch 14, 2019

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