Tips for Balboa Theatre

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

Kristie Dubin
34 events
13 reviews
29 stars
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!
Diane
7 events
2 reviews
5 stars
We enjoyed a brazilian steakhouse "Rei de Gado" on the same block as theater. Excellent dining choice.
Diane
7 events
2 reviews
5 stars
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.
MK
MK
12 events
9 reviews
8 stars
The weather was Ate dinner at Bandar across the street from the theatre. Would recommend..
Paula Poundstone
MK
MK
12 events
9 reviews
8 stars
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kedavis
88 events
35 reviews
6 stars
Parking validation at Horton Plaza expires at 9:30 p.m. and the car in front of us to get out of the garage was arguing over this for seven minutes while we were forced to wait.
kedavis
88 events
35 reviews
6 stars
Seats in the upper balcony of the Balboa Theater have absolutely no leg room and I was uncomfortable the entire show. From these seats people on stage are little more than a dot.
Goldstar Member
1 events
1 review
0 stars
The ticket was a waste on the five year old, too much fast dialogue for her to keep up
Helen
17 events
5 reviews
4 stars
Show was only 70 minutes so you can park at Horton Plaza and get ticket validated at the mall.
mike giffen
2 events
1 review
0 stars
Many great restaurant in walking distance. You may have to leave the mall lot and re park, for free again, but fantastic choice of about 50 restaurants in walking distance.
Malou F Rogers
6 events
2 reviews
5 stars
We parked in HOrton Plaza and paid $24 - seems a little high.
Leendar
20 events
13 reviews
1 stars
Stop at Viva down the street before you go. Great food, service and sangria.
Amy Idano
2 events
1 review
2 stars
There really isn't a bad seat in the theatre. It's small enough that you can see from anywhere.
Amy Idano
2 events
1 review
2 stars
Park at Horton Plaza, inside the lobby of the show they sell $10 passes that are good for 6 hours....cheaper then any lots around and a lot closer.
Karen
23 events
15 reviews
9 stars
The theater has several discounts on restaurants in the area, so get the coupons before you dine....
Karen
23 events
15 reviews
9 stars
I wore a sweater, flip-flops, etc..
Goldstar Member
1 events
1 review
0 stars
Parking is difficult in the gaslamp. Come for dinner early and use valet or park on the street north of Broadway and walk a few blocks.
Gloria O'Connor
21 events
10 reviews
5 stars
Get to the plaza a bit earlier and make a purchase at a shop. This should take care of the purchase fee, because the ticket you purchased to the show will not. Parking is $2.50 per 15 minutes at Horton Plaza parking, but if you have made a purchase of $10 or more, then it is only $2.50 per 15 minutes AFTER 3 hours of parking or 9:00pm.
Elaine Johnson
16 events
2 reviews
1 stars
We parked in Horton Plaza
Lois Mulcahey
66 events
59 reviews
41 stars
We parked there too - so much easier than Horton Plaza

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