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Civic Theatre Technical Info


The Civic Theatre is a 2,967 capacity performing arts venue located in downtown San Diego. It is the performing home of the San Diego Opera, Broadway/San Diego and regularly hosts performances of the California Ballet, presentations by La Jolla Music Society, touring orchestras and dance companies, Broadway musicals and plays, concerts, film presentations, lectures, etc. The Theatre is owned by the City of San Diego and operated by San Diego Theatres for the benefit of the community.

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Services & Production

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

Civic TheatreCivic Theatre – 2,967 seating capacity

The San Diego Civic Theatre is the performing home of the San Diego Opera, Broadway/San Diego, and California Ballet. Additionally, it is the venue for various annual community activities such as San Diego Hospice’s Light Up a Life, and for concerts, comedians and other performances.

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 2013. An estimate of expenses for your proposed event will be developed upon receipt of specific detailed information on your potential use:

  • License Fee (rental):
    • Civic Theatre: $10,000
    • Ticketed Event: $10,000 minimum vs. 10% of ticket sales, $12,500 maximum
    • Non-Ticketed Event: $13,500
  • Front-of-House Staff:
    • Civic Theatre: $2,750 per performance
  • Stage Door Attendant:
    • Civic 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:
    • Civic Theatre: $1,500 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 | Civic Theatre

San Diego Civic Theatre – Loading Dock

The Civic Theatre is located at 1100 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. The loading dock is at the northwest corner of 3rd Avenue and C Street.  The loading dock can accommodate two semi-trucks in the dock concurrently.

 

 

Traveling South on Interstate 5
5 South to the Front Street / Civic Center off-ramp
At fork, stay to the right on Front Street to A Street
Turn left on A Street to 3rd Avenue
Turn right on 3rd Avenue to C Street
Theatre loading dock is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and C street

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 A Street
Turn left on A Street to 3rd Avenue
Turn right on 3rd Avenue to C Street
Theatre loading dock is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and C street

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 3rd Avenue
Turn right on 3rd Avenue
Theatre loading dock is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and C street

Traveling West on Highway 94
94 West to downtown
94 West becomes F Street
Take F Street to 5th Avenue
Turn right on 5th Avenue to B Street
Turn left on B Street to 3rd Avenue
Turn right on 3rd Avenue
Theatre loading dock is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and C street

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