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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

Dave Mason & Steve Cropper

  • Wednesday, September 26, 8 p.m.
  • Classic rock fans are in for a night of timeless music with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitar greats Dave Mason and Steve Cropper. This is the first time the two guitarists team up and their tour will be filled with classic rock favorites, plus songs that are their personal favorites. Some songs will be performed solo, but most will be together backed by Mason's longtime touring band. Expect ... Read more

All upcoming events at Balboa Theatre

Dave Mason & Steve CropperSeptember 26, 2018

La Jolla Music Society Presents 'Spaces' By Wynton MarsalisOctober 3, 2018

Rob Lowe: 'Stories I Only Tell My Friends' LiveOctober 5, 2018

RuPaul's Drag Race: Werq The WorldOctober 7, 2018

San Diego International Film Festival: Opening Night Film Premiere & AfterpartyOctober 10, 2018

Franco EscamillaOctober 12, 2018

An Evening Of Classic Lily TomlinOctober 13, 2018

Music Takes Flight!November 15, 2018

San Diego Opera Presents 'Hansel & Gretel - CANCELLED'December 1, 2018

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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