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Balboa Theatre


Balboa Theatre

Located at E. Street 868 Fourth Avenue San Diego CA 92101

Events at this venue were rated 4.4 by 536 members.

Built in 1924, the historic Balboa Theatre was originally an elegant vaudeville and movie palace in the heart of downtown San Diego. During World War II, the theatre’s office space was used by the US Navy. These offices were reconfigured into bachelor quarters for young men waiting to ship out. After the war, the remodeled spaces became single-occupancy housing.

In 1959, the Russo family of San Diego acquired the building and saved it from potential demolition. They operated it as a action movie house until the City of San Diego purchased it in 1986. Ten years later, the Balboa Theatre Foundation nominated the Theatre to the National Register of Historic Places to save both the interior and exterior of this community asset.

The historic Balboa Theatre reopened in January 2008 with much acclaim from audiences and performers. Additionally, it has received numerous special awards and recognitions on a local, state, and national professional organizations.

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Handicap Information

The Balboa Theatre has accessible seating, restrooms and parking access. Infra-red audio assistance systems are in use, with headsets available in Theatre lobby prior to performances (headsets are loaned at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis).

ASL and Audio Described Services may be offered for select performances—contact the venue’s Ticketing Services at (619) 570-1100 for specific event details.

Ticketing Services TTY/TDD Service available Monday – Friday, 10a-6p (closed Holidays) at (619) 615-4177.

Handicap seating may be available.

Please contact us before buying tickets to make arrangements.