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Balboa Theatre Technical Info


San Diego Theatres welcomes the opportunity to work with you and to make your event a success.

The Restored Historic Balboa Theatre

Recently named as one of 15 of the
“World’s Most Spectacular Theatres”
by CNN Travel

The historic Balboa Theatre was originally opened in 1924 as a vaudeville house before being converted to a movie theatre in 1932. After a $26 million restoration and renovation by the City’s Redevelopment Agency, the Balboa Theatre located in the Gaslamp Quarter reopened in 2008 as a 1,339 seat performing arts venue. The Balboa Theatre is managed by San Diego Theatres on behalf of the Agency and the community. This venue will be treasured as an ideal site for music, dance, and drama as well as for civic, corporate and convention gatherings.

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Services & Production

The Services and Fees document provides rental, services, equipment and personnel costs related to use of the Balboa Theatre.

The Production Information document provides technical specifications, including maps, measurements, stage and dressing room diagrams, counter-weight plot, lighting system, electrical circuit details, sound system, and in-house equipment. Additionally, this document includes information pertaining to ticketing aspects related to productions utilizing the Civic Theatre.

The General Policies, Rules and Regulations document outlines those items that pertain to use of the venues. The content of this document supplements and is incorporated into the license agreement governing use of the venues.

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Booking Costs & Info

Balboa Theatre Audience ChamberBalboa Theatre – 1,335 seating capacity

The historic Balboa Theatre in the Gaslamp Quarter is the site for San Diego Theatres’ presentations as well as a performing home for California Ballet, Classics 4 Kids, Mainly Mozart, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and other high quality non-profit producing and presenting organizations.

The Balboa Theatre and the Civic Theatre may be available for rental for cultural, entertainment, educational, civic, corporate and other special events and activities. While you may first check our website’s event calendar to determine scheduled public performances, the lack of an event listing does not necessarily mean that a particular date is open and available for rental. Some of our events are private functions that are not publicized. Additionally other dates may be unavailable due to load-ins, rehearsals, technical requirements, maintenance or other commitments.

Please contact us to discuss your potential event and desired dates. With that information, we will determine availability and feasibility for your contemplated use. Call us at (619) 615–4000 or email us at info@sandiegotheatres.org

To confirm a potential booking, a license agreement must be fully executed, license fees and expense deposits received, and required insurance coverage in place and certificates received.

For detailed information, download our SERVICES AND FEES [PDF].

In summary, following are the types of charges for events. These amounts are only representative of typical expenses for a one day, single event and are based upon rates established effective July 2012. An estimate of expenses for your proposed event will be developed upon receipt of specific detailed information on your potential use:

  • License Fee (rental):
    • Balboa Theatre:
    • Ticketed Event: $4,500
    • Non-Ticketed Event: $5,500
  • Front-of-House Staff:
    • Balboa Theatre: $1,600 per performance
  • Stage Door Attendant:
    • Balboa Theatre: $375 per day
  • Equipment Rental: Dependent upon equipment needs. Frequently required items include:
    • Concert Grand: $350/day (tunings additional)
    • Followspot: $100/use (plus operator)
    • Internet Access: $35/day (Dressing Rooms)
    • Phone Line: $15/line/day (Dressing Rooms)
    • Washer/Dryer: $65/pair/day
    • Wired Mic: $30/day (first three at no charge)
    • Wireless Mic: $85/day
  • Ticketing:
    • Balboa Theatre: $800 per performance
  • Credit Cards: 4.00% of all credit card transactions
  • Ticket Printing: $0.125/ticket printed at ticket office
  • Event Ticket Sellers: $375 per performance
  • Stagehands: Stagehands are provided under the terms of collective bargaining agreements with IATSE. Costs are dependent upon the specifics of each event, including production requirements, work schedules, staffing levels, and the event’s duration.

Please note:

  • For all ticketed events, there is a $2.50 per ticket Facility Fee or Facility Restoration Fee.
  • All concessions and beverages are sold by San Diego Theatres. A percentage commission is assessed on the sale of all event-related merchandise. For backstage catering needs, contact our production staff at (619) 615 – 4151 for options and requirements. For all other catering, contact our event & patron manager at (619) 615–4003.
  • All tickets must be sold through our Ticketing Services, which includes distribution and sale through our agreement with Ticketmaster.

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Truck Driving Directions | Balboa Theatre

The Balboa Theatre is located at 868 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. The loading doors are just south of the 4th Avenue and E Street intersection.  Loading is from the curb lane along 4th Ave.  Trucks may only be here for loading and unloading.

Traveling South on Interstate 5
5 South to the Front Street / Civic Center off-ramp
At fork, stay to the right on Front Street
Take Front Street to A Street
Turn left on A Street to 4th Avenue
Right on 4th Avenue. Theatre on the right at 868 4th Avenue
Loading dock just south of 4th Avenue and E Street intersection where posted

Traveling North on Interstate 5
5 North to the 6th Avenue off-ramp
Turn left on 6th Avenue to Ash Street
Turn right on Ash Street to 4th Avenue
Turn left on 4th Avenue
Proceed South on 4th Avenue to 868 4th Avenue
Loading dock just south of 4th Avenue and E Street intersection where posted

Traveling South on Interstate 15
15 South to 163 South
163 South becomes 10th Avenue
Take 10th Avenue 2 blocks to B Street
Turn right on B Street to 4th Avenue
Turn left on 4th Avenue
Proceed South on 4th Avenue to 868 4th Avenue
Loading dock just south of 4th Avenue and E Street intersection where posted

Traveling West on Highway 94
94 West to Interstate 5 North
5 North to the 6th Avenue off-ramp
Turn left on 6th Avenue to Ash Street
Turn right on Ash Street to 4th Avenue
Turn left on 4th Avenue
Proceed South on 4th Avenue to 868 4th Avenue
Loading dock just south of 4th Avenue and E Street intersection where posted

Services & Production | Booking Costs & Info | Truck Driving Directions