Balboa Theatre

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

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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louis lurie
Park in nbc building....close , cheap, no time limit a few feet away
Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra info Jun 19 2014 star this tip starred
Kattzzmeow
If the parking validation person in Gambia theatre tries to talk you into validating at the mall because it's cheaper. Don't listen. It's just two buck less but by the time you get out of the show the validation machine is off so parking will be $26! We had to go back to the theatre, which was closed so we had to get security to ask someone in the office to sell us one for $10. So your best bet is buying validation at the theatre and don't let her talk you out of it!
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group info Feb 21 2014 star this tip starred
Diane
We enjoyed a brazilian steakhouse "Rei de Gado" on the same block as theater. Excellent dining choice.
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group dining Feb 21 2014 star this tip starred
Diane
Park in NBC bldg (flat $10) & park on first floor, close to exit. Otherwise it's a LONG line to get out after the show.
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group travel Feb 21 2014 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
The weather was Ate dinner at Bandar across the street from the theatre. Would recommend..
Paula Poundstone dress Jan 06 2014 star this tip starred
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