After a 20-year hiatus for extensive renovation, the Balboa Theatre in San Diego looks much as it did when it was built in 1924. It began as a movie palace with six storefronts facing 4th Avenue and 34 offices on its upper floors. In 1934, it was El Teatro Balboa and featured Latin stars. It subsequently served a brief stint after WWII as navy sailors' quarters. San Diego bought it in 1986, ultimately securing its position in the center of downtown. As of 2008, with seating to accommodate 1,335 guests, the Balboa Theatre became a contemporary performing arts center. Comedians like Ellen DeGeneres and singers such as Shaila Durcal have graced the stage. Film festivals keep the art of cinema alive, and you can also enjoy classic plays and Broadway acts. Grab your Balboa Theatre tickets to these events at StubHub.
Where do I park for Balboa Theatre events?
With Balboa Theatre tickets in hand, you can park in the Westfield Horton Plaza. This is on 4th Avenue, just south of the venue. Balboa Theatre staff will validate your parking, which gives you a discounted flat rate for up to six hours.
Is the Balboa Theatre wheelchair friendly?
Thanks to the City of San Diego's Redevelopment Agency, the project dedicated a portion of the generous restoration funds to ADA accommodations. Balboa Theatre has wheelchair-accessible seats, parking and restrooms. Moreover, it provides infra-red audio assistance upon request. There are 12 wheelchair-accessible spots in the orchestra section and 13 side-transfer seats.
Where are the best seats in Balboa Theatre?
You will find the best seats in the house on the main floor or orchestra section. More specifically, the most optimal seating is in the central section since there are two wings. Not only are orchestra seats closer to the stage, but they are roomier than the balcony seats.
Can I take public transportation to the Balboa Theatre?
You can reach the Balboa Theatre via the San Diego Trolley. It stops at the Civic Center at 3rd Avenue and C Street. From there, it is only a five-minute walk to the Balboa Theatre.
What are some other entertainment options nearby?
San Diego provides a wealth of culture and entertainment. Enjoy premier gourmet chocolate at Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. Or you can dine on local seafood at the Searsucker, less than a quarter of a mile from the Balboa Theatre. If you are in the mood for cultural enlightenment, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego displays art from the 1950s to present day. Alternatively, The Gaslamp Quarter spans 16 blocks of downtown San Diego. It caters to the night owl with dancing and clubs in mind. If you feel more adventurous, you can visit the San Diego Zoo and/or Sea World. Finally, you can traipse along the renowned beaches on a day's outing.Back to Top