Balboa Theatre - San Diego

Balboa Theatre - San Diego Balboa Theatre is downtown's award-winning and historic home of music, comedy, dance, and more! Refurbished and reopened in 2008.

Built in 1924, the Balboa Theatre was an elegant vaudeville and movie palace in downtown San Diego. Special Coverage & Design Awards won by the Balboa Theatre Restoration. Most of these were awarded in 2008-2009:
Alonzo Award (Downtown Partnership)
Orchid Award
Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO)
City of San Diego Historical Resources Board (HRB)
AIA California
California Preservation Foundatio

n (CPF)
Best of San Diego 2008, Urban Restoration, San Diego Magazine
2008 Reconstruction & Renovation Awards, Platinum, Building Design + Construction
American Public Works Association Project of the Year Award (San Diego Chapter)
AIA West Mountain Region
AIA Ohio
Contract Interiors Award โ€“ Restoration, Building Design + Construction
Overall Top Project โ€“ Restoration, California Construction
Sources + Design publication โ€“ January/February issue
In League โ€“ League of Historic American Theatres - Fall issue

Bring your family to Toons & Tunes on Saturday, March 30! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Enjoy a screening of classic cartoons like Felix the Cat...
02/18/2024

Bring your family to Toons & Tunes on Saturday, March 30! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Enjoy a screening of classic cartoons like Felix the Cat, Woody Woodpecker, and Mighty Mouse, along with a 1920s costume contest. Tickets are only $3.50 and available now at https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/03/toons-tunes ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Los Huracanes del Norte vienen a San Diego, por primera vez, con su gira "A Otro Nivel" Tour 2024 para una noche รญnti...
02/15/2024

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Los Huracanes del Norte vienen a San Diego, por primera vez, con su gira "A Otro Nivel" Tour 2024 para una noche รญntima. ยกNo se pierdan a Los Huracanes del Norte tocando todos sus รฉxitos en el Balboa Theatre este 10 de Marzo!
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Los Huracanes del Norte are coming to San Diego, for the first time ever, with their tour "A Otro Nivel" 2024 for one night only. Don't miss an intimate night of all their hits with Los Huracanes del Norte at the Balboa Theatre this March 10!
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://ow.ly/SxLk50Qzluc

Treat your valentine to a night they will always "tweasure" โ€” The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening With Cary Elw...
02/14/2024

Treat your valentine to a night they will always "tweasure" โ€” The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening With Cary Elwes on Saturday, May 18! ๐ŸŽฅ โš”๏ธ Join Cary Elwes (Westley) for a screening of and behind-the-scenes look at the classic film. Save your seats with our presale code: SDCARY at https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/05/princess-bride ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

After the movie, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion revealing never-before-shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ A limited number of VIP packages are available and include the best seats in the house, a Meet and Greet with Cary Elwes, and a signed copy of his best-selling book, "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride."

"Persian Comedy Powerhouse" Omid Djalili - Comedy will perform his critically acclaimed new show NAMASTE at Balboa Theat...
02/13/2024

"Persian Comedy Powerhouse" Omid Djalili - Comedy will perform his critically acclaimed new show NAMASTE at Balboa Theatre on October 4 ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ˜  In this "hysterically funny and...poignant and powerful" set (Huffington Post), Omid will peacefully bow to his inner anger and unleash a torrent of comedic vitriol - you have been warned! Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 16 @ 10A.

Service members, family, and friends are invited to join us for a Centennial Salute! โš“๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ This event celebrating our mili...
02/07/2024

Service members, family, and friends are invited to join us for a Centennial Salute! โš“๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ This event celebrating our military on March 29 will include a screening of the silent film โ€œThe Flying Fleetโ€ accompanied by our historic theatre organ. Tickets are only $3.50 and you can get yours at https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/03/centennial-salute

โ€œThe Flying Fleetโ€ marks the first major Hollywood production to film at Naval Air Station North Island, and features an appearance by the USS Langley, the United Statesโ€™ first aircraft carrier!

City Ballet of San Diego has shared some sneak peeks of their spring show! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฉฐ Join us March 16 @ 8:00P or March 17 @ 2:0...
02/06/2024

City Ballet of San Diego has shared some sneak peeks of their spring show! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฉฐ Join us March 16 @ 8:00P or March 17 @ 2:00P for...
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Geoff Gonzalezโ€™s โ€œAn American in Parisโ€
๐Ÿฆ‹ Christopher Wheeldonโ€˜s โ€œMorphosesโ€
โค๏ธ Elizabeth Wistrichโ€™s โ€œBolรฉro โ€“ The Awakeningโ€
Tickets: https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/03/american-paris

sheng wang has added a late show on August 9! Donโ€™t miss out on tickets โ€” our presale is open February 1 from 10A-10P wi...
01/31/2024

sheng wang has added a late show on August 9! Donโ€™t miss out on tickets โ€” our presale is open February 1 from 10A-10P with PW: SDWANG. Or, grab yours on Friday at 10A when general sales begin.
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/08/sheng-wang

Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽค Experience him in h...
01/30/2024

Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽค Experience him in his most electrifying role โ€” concert performer โ€” in Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Being Alive at Balboa Theatre!

๐Ÿ“… Save the Date: Tuesday, June 4
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Get your tickets early in our presale! Use code: SDMANDY at https://ow.ly/OA6P50QvABL
๐Ÿ•™ General sales begin Friday, February 2 @ 10A

This powerful, passionate evening of song is brought to you by San Diego Theatres and the 31st annual The Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival - JFEST. We hope to see you there!

Just 60 days until the curtain rises on Balboa Theatre's 100th anniversary celebration! ๐ŸŽŠ See the full event lineup, get...
01/28/2024

Just 60 days until the curtain rises on Balboa Theatre's 100th anniversary celebration! ๐ŸŽŠ See the full event lineup, get your tickets at sandiegotheatres.org/balboa100, and prepare for a weekend filled with extraordinary performances and community joy.

Get ready for a night of laughter that's to die for! ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿคฃ John Cleese brings "Last Time to See Me Before I Die" to San Die...
01/26/2024

Get ready for a night of laughter that's to die for! ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿคฃ John Cleese brings "Last Time to See Me Before I Die" to San Diego on April 8 & 9 @ 7:30P. ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Tickets for the April 9 show go on sale Monday, January 29 @ 10A; grab yours at https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/04/john-cleese before it's too late!

01/25/2024

Spend your Saturday night "in Spain" with Benise, as he takes the audience on an adventure across eras, styles, and genres of music!
๐Ÿ“† January 27 @ 7:30P
๐ŸŽซ https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/01/benise
๐Ÿ’ธ Use code: FIESTA for 20% off your tickets

01/22/2024

Take a trip back in time on May 11 with โ€œLive from Laurel Canyon: Songs and Stories of American Folk Rockโ€ ๐ŸŒ„ This show takes you "behind the music" of artists like Joni, Linda, the Byrds, JT, Eagles and more, showcasing the iconic songs they wrote while living in the secluded LA neighborhood between 1965 and 1975. Tickets are on sale now at at https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/05/live-laurel-canyon ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

The stage is set. The lights are ready. We invite you to join us on a journey through 100 years of the arts at Balboa Th...
01/19/2024

The stage is set. The lights are ready. We invite you to join us on a journey through 100 years of the arts at Balboa Theatre! Tickets for every event in this celebratory weekend are on sale now at https://sandiegotheatres.org/balboatheatre100 ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ To welcome as many members of our community as possible, most events are only $3.50 per ticket! We hope to see you at the theatre.

Tomorrow, you can save your spot to be part of our 100th Anniversary! โค๏ธ Tickets for every event in the celebration will...
01/18/2024

Tomorrow, you can save your spot to be part of our 100th Anniversary! โค๏ธ Tickets for every event in the celebration will be available tomorrow at 10 AM at sandiegotheatres.org/balboatheatre100 ๐ŸŽŸ See you at the theatre for...

๐ŸŽถ Balboa Theatre 100th Anniversary Gala featuring Hershey Felder and the Great American Songbook, March 28 @ 6:30P
โš“ Centennial Salute: Honoring San Diegoโ€™s Military at Balboa Theatre, March 29 @ 7:00P
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Toons & Tunes: A Morning of Family Fun, March 30 @ 10:00A
๐ŸŽญ San Diego Spotlight: A Night of Community-based Performances, March 30 @ 6:00P

Exciting news! ๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Tickets for our 100th Anniversary celebration will go on sale on Friday, January 19 @ 10:00A. We can...
01/17/2024

Exciting news! ๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Tickets for our 100th Anniversary celebration will go on sale on Friday, January 19 @ 10:00A. We can't wait to welcome our community to this weekend of special events. Head to sandiegotheatres.org/balboatheatre100 to learn more about whatโ€™s in store!

Want early access to our Gala night featuring Hershey Felder? Use code: BTGALA at https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A005F9BF5FA474A?brand=balboatheatre to save your seats!

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Presale Alert! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ โ€œLive From Laurel Canyon - Songs & Stories of American Folk Rockโ€ is a journey that follows the twi...
01/16/2024

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Presale Alert! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ โ€œLive From Laurel Canyon - Songs & Stories of American Folk Rockโ€ is a journey that follows the twists & turns of LA's Laurel Canyon Boulevard between 1965 and 1975, when legendary artists like the Doors, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King turned the neighborhood into the cradle of American popular music. ๐ŸŽถ Use the password SDFOLK at https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/05/live-laurel-canyon to hear your favorite songs from the 60s and 70s - and the stories behind them!

In just a few weeks, Benise, โ€œThe Prince of Spanish Guitar,โ€ and his Emmy Award-winning production "FIESTA!" will come t...
01/11/2024

In just a few weeks, Benise, โ€œThe Prince of Spanish Guitar,โ€ and his Emmy Award-winning production "FIESTA!" will come to town as part of a global tour! On Saturday, January 27, BENISE will fuse favorites from Led Zeppelin and AC/DC with Spanish guitar and dance to bring a fierce intensity to these new interpretations. In addition, he'll add his signature touch to classics such as โ€œAve Maria" and โ€œMoonlight Sonata."

๐ŸŽซ Head to https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A005ED5C02F359B?brand=balboatheatre to get your tickets!

Traffic Alert! For those attending Ralph Barbosa at The Balboa Theatre on Friday, 1/12 or Saturday, 1/13, the San Diego ...
01/09/2024

Traffic Alert! For those attending Ralph Barbosa at The Balboa Theatre on Friday, 1/12 or Saturday, 1/13, the San Diego Rodeo is taking place at Petco Park. Please prepare for increased traffic heading into the downtown area.

See the White House through a photographer's lens ๐Ÿ“ท with Pete Souza! In this special one-day speaking engagement on Apri...
01/05/2024

See the White House through a photographer's lens ๐Ÿ“ท with Pete Souza! In this special one-day speaking engagement on April 14, he will recount important & intimate moments he captured of our nation's leaders, as Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obamaโ€™s two terms, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Tickets are available at https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/04/pete-souza!

There aren't many seats left for Josh Gates Live: An Evening of Legends, Mysteries, and Tales of Adventure on February 1...
01/02/2024

There aren't many seats left for Josh Gates Live: An Evening of Legends, Mysteries, and Tales of Adventure on February 17! ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโœˆ๏ธ The explorer, talk show host, and author will take the audience around the world and off-the-map with stories from his expeditions and insights into the worldโ€™s greatest mysteries. We're excited to hear the new stories he'll tell since his last appearance at Balboa Theatre four years ago!

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/02/josh-gates-live

We're closing out 2023...and already excited for what 2024 has in store! ๐ŸŽ‰ There's only 90 days left until we celebrate ...
12/29/2023

We're closing out 2023...and already excited for what 2024 has in store! ๐ŸŽ‰ There's only 90 days left until we celebrate Balboa Theatre's 100th anniversary with three days of performances for the community to enjoy, March 28-30, 2024. In just a few weeks, you can save your spot for...
๐ŸŽถ Balboa Theatre 100th Anniversary Gala featuring Hershey Felder and the Great American Songbook
โš“ Centennial Salute: Honoring San Diegoโ€™s Military at Balboa Theatre
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Toons & Tunes: A Morning of Family Fun
๐ŸŽญ San Diego Spotlight: A Night of Community-based Performances

Visit sandiegotheatres.org/balboatheatre100 for more information, and stay tuned for more exciting news about the celebration!

12/28/2023

Are you an artist? Animator? Person who spent too much of their adolescence on Tumblr or DeviantArt? Scribble After Dark is for you! โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ In this grown-ups-only version of the hit live show Scribble Showdown, four animators face off in an improv sketching battle. On Friday, January 26, TheOdd1sOut, JaidenAnimations, RubberRoss, and Domics will bend to the audience's prompts, as moderated by host Arin Hanson (Egoraptor). Get your tickets at https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/01/scribble-after-dark

Surprise kids you love with a gift they'll talk about all year! ๐ŸŽ Bluey's Big Play is bringing joy to San Diego from Feb...
12/23/2023

Surprise kids you love with a gift they'll talk about all year! ๐ŸŽ Bluey's Big Play is bringing joy to San Diego from February 9-11, 2024, so you can treat your family to some time with the Heeler family. Grab your tickets at https://sandiegotheatres.org/event/2024/02/blueys-big-play and plan the perfect surprise for your little ones! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’™

Next week, Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison & King Crimson frontman Andrian Belew will bring their Remain in Lig...
12/20/2023

Next week, Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison & King Crimson frontman Andrian Belew will bring their Remain in Light tribute tour to Balboa Theatre! The evening will feature an 11-piece band performing Talking Heads classics like โ€œOnce In A Lifetimeโ€, โ€œPsycho Killerโ€, โ€œTake Me To The Riverโ€, and selections from their respective solo careers. Get your tickets ๐ŸŽซ at https://bit.ly/45B8hzQ

We are 100 days away from celebrating Balboa Theatre's 100th anniversary! ๐Ÿฅ‚ There will be a whole weekend of celebration...
12/19/2023

We are 100 days away from celebrating Balboa Theatre's 100th anniversary! ๐Ÿฅ‚ There will be a whole weekend of celebrations from March 28-30, with events like...
๐ŸŽถ Balboa Theatre 100th Anniversary Gala featuring Hershey Felder and the Great American Songbook
โš“ Centennial Salute: Honoring San Diegoโ€™s Military at Balboa Theatre
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Toons & Tunes: A Morning of Family Fun
๐ŸŽญ San Diego Spotlight: A Night of Community-based Performances

Tickets for all these events will go on sale in January 2024. Stay tuned!

Do you know a bookworm who would love to receive an unforgettable evening as a gift? ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ Buy one ticket for An Evening Wi...
12/18/2023

Do you know a bookworm who would love to receive an unforgettable evening as a gift? ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ Buy one ticket for An Evening With Elizabeth Gilbert, and get one free! On February 22, 2024, the "Eat Pray Love" author will share tales of creativity, spirituality, and love, followed by a captivating Q&A session.

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Head to https://bit.ly/ElizabethGilbertSanDiego, tap the "Unlock ๐Ÿ”“" button, and use the code TMN241 to access this special offer. It ends on 12/30 @ 10:00P, so don't miss this unique opportunity to share an exclusive experience with a fellow book lover.

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Built in 1924, the historic Balboa Theatre was an elegant vaudeville and movie palace in the heart of downtown San Diego. The historic theatre reopened in January 2008 with much acclaim from audiences and performers. It has received numerous special awards and recognition from local, state, and national professional organizations.

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