Where to See Theater in San Diego

San Diego is well known for its sunny, sandy beaches and its brewery scene. But what if you’re looking for something a little more artistic? You’ll be pleased to know that San Diego is quite the hub of arts and culture, as well, not least of all when it comes to theatre. Here you may find touring productions of famous Broadway shows or fresh local productions that you may never have heard about otherwise. There are theatre venues that have been open for decades as well as newer establishments. Here are some of our favorites:

Balboa Theatre Balboa Theatre is quite the historic theatre venue, and it’s already been through a few lives. When it first opened in 1924, it was a vaudeville venue as well as a movie theatre, outfitted with a full orchestra and echo organ. In 1934, it became a movie theatre specifically for Spanish language films. However, after World War II, the theatre fell into neglect, and it wasn’t recognized as a historical site until 1972. In 2008, however, it was restored and reopened, and today it still operates as a music and theatre venue. The Balboa Theatre hosts not only the annual Mainly Mozart Festival, but it’s a great place to see Broadway touring productions.

San Diego Repertory Theatre Downtown, you’ll find San Diego Repertory Theatre doing some of the most exciting things in the San Diego theatre scene. Here you’ll find local productions of shows that have made it big, like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, modern revisitations of theatre classics like A Doll’s House, Pt. 2, or lesser known shows that you might never have heard about. The common running theme is shows that make the audience think. This is the place to go if you want theatre that challenges your point of view, or you simply want to see diverse, politically and socially charged local productions.

La Jolla Playhouse Though not quite as historic as the Balboa Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse has quite a history behind it — and a star studded one, at that. It was opened in 1947, founded by movie stars Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and Mel Ferrer. It’s remained a staple of local theatre in La Jolla and the San Diego area, but more than that, many shows have stopped into La Jolla Playhouse in their early days before moving on to bigger venues. No less than 28 productions have transferred from La Jolla to Broadway, winning 38 Tony awards collectively. Ever heard of shows like Memphis, Come From Away, or Jersey Boys? All of these shows opened at the La Jolla Playhouse before making the move to Broadway.

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