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San Diego Civic Theatre

History

The San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, California is one of the most treasured entertainment venues in the country. It's in the heart of downtown and began its life in 1965 as the place in the San Diego area for classical entertainment. Musicals, opera, dance productions and comedy shows were the talk of the town when they were performed at the one-of-a-kind theater, and the theater is still giving theater fans as many thrills as they had back then. Today it is home to the San Diego Opera, Broadway San Diego, La Jolla Music Society and the California Ballet.

But the theater doesn't just host theatrical and musical performances. It has also served as gathering place for inaugurations, governmental addresses, religious services, lectures, political activities, educational presentations and corporate meetings.

The city invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the building, installing state-of-the-art lighting, audio and seating that has made the theater a favorite of San Diego residents and visitors. It is the largest and most well-attended performing arts venue in the area and is owned and managed by the City of San Diego. Today the building hosts more than 100 performances a year and more than 280,000 guests. And with a beautiful fountain and outdoor waterfall, a one-of-a-kind lobby and concession stand, seeing a show at this classic venue is an all-inclusive experience. The theater has seen some of the best of Broadway, chart-topping artists and comedians grace its stage, and you never know who will show up next. In the coming months, the theater will be the site for performances of The Elixir of Love, The Book of Mormon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and appearances by comedians like Chelsea Handler.


Events Hosted

There is a lot to love about the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, California. Not only is it one of the most beautiful theater venues in the country, but it also hosts some of the most exciting live performances around. The theater opened in January of 1965 with a performance featuring the San Diego Symphony and soloists Dorothy Kirsten and Brian Sullivan. J. Dallas Clark and Morley Golden gave the opening remarks at the well-attended concert. This highly-regarded opening night set the stage for even more exciting performances and guests over the years.

Today, the auditorium hosts musicals, comedies and dramatic theatrical productions that have won the hearts of fans and the praise of critics. In the last few years, the theater has hosted some of the biggest productions and some of the biggest stars in the arts and entertainment community. In 2012, the San Diego Civic Theatre featured performances from Jerry Seinfeld, Daughtry and Il Divo, as well California Ballet's productions of Cinderella and Dracula. The venue also saw appearances from the cast of So You Think You Can Dance and theatrical productions of Jekyll & Hyde featuring Constantine Maroulis. In the coming months the theater will host productions of The Elixir of Love, The Book of Mormon and performances featuring comedians like Chelsea Handler. There's never a dull moment at this fantastic venue, and you won't want to miss any of the amazing performances at the Gershwin Theatre.


Home City

The San Diego Civic Theatre is located in San Diego, California, which is known for its thriving arts and theater culture. The city offers residents and visitors the chance to sample all that the art and theater world have to offer, without having to venture very far. It is the eighth-largest city in the country, is located 120 miles south of Los Angeles on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is adjacent to the border with Mexico, which has influenced the culture and demographics of the city itself. There's something for everyone in San Diego, and you never know what you'll find when you explore this one-of-a-kind city.


Seating Layout

Although the entertainment venue is more than 40 years old, it has been updated to allow for modernization of lighting, sound and visual elements. The auditorium can seat more than 2,900 people. There are several options for seating, including the Orchestra Floor that is directly in front of the stage and gives patrons more leg room and a closer view of the stage, a Dress Circle which is elevated three feet above the Orchestra level and has 12 wheelchair locations with companion seats, a Lower Loge level that overhang the Orchestra's side seating, a Mezzanine level that overhangs the Dress Circle, an Upper Loge that overhangs the Lower Loge and a Balcony level that is directly above the Mezzanine level. Binoculars are provided for those in Balcony seating if they wish to view intricate details of the show being performed. Although some seats are closer than others, every seat in the house will give you a fantastic view of the show you have chosen to see.


Trivia

The San Diego Theatre is a beautiful theater that has seen the best of Broadway cross its stage. The theater is owned by the City of San Diego and managed by San Diego Theatres. The company that manages the classic theater also manages another historic theater in town called the Balboa Theatre. This theater has been around since the 1920s and once housed Navy men who were waiting to ship out to World War II.

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