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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

San Diego International Film Festival

  • Tomorrow, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • The Power of Perspective. Come Watch With Us. The San Diego International Film Festival is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent film circuit, with 200+ filmmakers gathering in San Diego to show their films every year. SDIFF celebrates film’s power to create empathy via new perspectives that emerge from powerful and compelling storytelling. The festival showcases great stories, fresh voices and diverse ... Read more

All upcoming events at Balboa Theatre

Classics 4 Kids: Tubby The Tuba Starts November 7, 2019

San Diego International Film FestivalTomorrow

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain And Edgar Meyer With Rakesh ChaurasiaOctober 16, 2019

Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer With Rakesh ChauOctober 16, 2019

Claudia Oshry: The Dirty Jeans TourOctober 18, 2019

The Capitol StepsOctober 19, 2019

A Night With Janis JoplinOctober 20, 2019

Classics 4 Kids: Tubby The Tuba November 7, 2019

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

'Jim Brickman - A Christmas Celebration'December 28, 2019

A.I.M By Kyle AbrahamJanuary 30, 2020

Classics 4 Kids: Ferdinand The BullMarch 5, 2020

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

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

An Evening With David SedarisMay 12, 2020

Classics 4 Kids: The Silk RoadMay 14, 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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