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“Historic 1924 theater”
Review of Balboa Theatre

Balboa Theatre
Ranked #141 of 387 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

It was put on the historic register list in 1974 at about the time the City condemned it. Historic preservation was further advanced by civic groups who turned the tide by sheer perseverance.

It's not the most attractive building and could really do with a fresh coat of paint that would (hopefully) accentuate the architectural detail around the windows. The building takes its inspiration from the interest in Moorish/North African/Islamic cultures that was prevalent at the time.

Today it is a venue for touring theatrical productions. It butts up against the Horton Plaza Park and the Westfield Shopping Plaza Center. After redevelopment in 2008, the grand old theater has had a revitalization.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

We went to the Balboa Theatre to see and hear the " Ten Tenors " from down under. The show started started with the song " We are the Champions " and that was exactly correct. The Ten Tenors have such great harmony and are so together as their presented there beautiful concert to the San Diego audience. The music consisted of a top of the line piano player, guitar player, and drummer who played all kinds of different sounds. The Ten Tenors were well worth the money, and I would definitely go to see them again. Great Show !

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

My family and I saw Stomp here and it was fantastic. Our seats were in the balcony so I was a bit afraid our view wouldn't be good, but it was fantastic, and the acoustics were phenomenal. It seems much smaller than the Civic Center (differently shaped -- more narrow). The venue itself is decorated beautifully -- it definitely has that 1920's elaborate feel, but everything seems new thanks to the renovation and upkeep. The rows are closer together than more modern venues, so there isn't much extra leg room, but the seats were comfortable so it was fine. Even the exterior architecture is cool. I wouldn't hesitate to buy tickets to another show here in the future.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I saw Beth Hart here and loved the venue. It reminded me of a mini Civic Theatre. One suggestion, I would get as close as you can to the stage because even though Beth was loud, the acoustics didn't carry well to the upper section. It was hard to hear the details in her songs but still worth it.

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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Went for the show titled “A Night With Janis Joplin”. It was amazing.
The building is beautiful. The acoustics are great. The seats are comfortable. Employees are friendly.
We parked for a flat rate of $10 at Horton Plaza (with a validated ticket).
The show was incredible. Kelly McIntyre is Janis and she is amazing!! All the singers and musicians were amazing.
Such a FUN night.

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