Old Globe Theatre
Old Globe Theatre is the home to California's oldest professional theater organization. With regular shows performed year round you can always catch a great performance. The Old Globe Theater Located in the middle of Balboa Park just west of the Museum of Man. The Old Globe was built in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition which presented abridged versions of Shakespeare's plays. The Old Globe itself has won international acclaim and a Tony Award. About 15 plays are produced each year including the popular Summer Shakespeare Festival. Some of the high quality productions have become world premier plays that have gone on to be hits on Broadway.
Performances: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Box Office opens at noon every day and closes at the beginning of the last performance each day.
The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101
The Old Globe Website
Spreckels Theatre in Balboa Park is the location of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion where the largest outdoor organ in the world is located. The beautiful sounds resonate through the outdoor theater to the delight of spectators. Free concerts are held Sunday afternoons and the Summer Organ Festival is worth checking out.
The Spreckels Theatre is one of the many free activities that makes Balboa Park special. Besides the incredible music that is played here the Spreckels Pavilion also hosts many other types of musical performances on its large outdoor stage. There is plenty of seating, all of which offers a fantastic view of the stage. Alternatively, you can bring a blanket and put it down on the grass just beyond the seating area. From the grass you may have a hard time seeing the stage but you will still be close enough to enjoy listening to the wonderful music. For information about upcoming performances just visit the Spreckels Organ Pavilion website.
Starlight Theatre is home to San Diego Civic Light Opera Association. Located in Balboa Park, the Starlight Theatre is a spectacular place to enjoy a performance under the stars. For forty years visitors have witnessed incredible plays here. Many ticket holders will arrive early to the evening performance with a blanket and a picnic basket. With plenty of grass on the patio surrounding the Starlight Theatre there is always a great spot to have a picnic.
The Starlight Theatre is directly underneath the flight path of planes landing at the nearby San Diego International Airport. For this reason the Starlight Theatre has become well known for its actors ability to quick freeze in pose and in the middle of delivering a line. The trained actors then continue as if nothing had happened picking up exactly where they left off.
The Starlight Theatre is part of the Starlight Bowl which was built in 1935-1936 for the California-Pacific Exposition. With over 1,000 productions of 120 different musicals, the Starlight Theatre has been performing since 1946 making it one of the oldest continuously producing musical theatre companies in the United States.
2005 Pan American Plz
San Diego, CA 92101
Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm and Saturday from noon - 4:00pm
All performances take place at 8:00 pm.
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego Civic Theatre is the top San Diego performing arts venue where grand productions of Broadway and Operas are performed. Home to the San Diego Opera and the California Ballet, the San Diego Civic Theatre puts on performances year round to sold out audiences. Occasionally, headliner bands perform at the Civic Theatre. San Diego Theaters is a non-profit organization where their goal is to offer the public world class theatre experiences. The San Diego Theatres aims to improve the reputation of the Downtown theatre district through their high quality performances.
The musicals performed here are almost always a great experience. You will notice the building itself is a bit aged and could use a renovation, but in its present state it adds to the charm. Though it is nice to dress up to see a performance here, it is not necessary as many people go to the shows wearing jeans. The food and drinks at the snack bar are expensive and the shows usually last around two hours so eating before you get there is usually a good idea. No cameras or video cameras are allowed. There is a coat check and handicapped seating. The theatre itself has excellent sound acoustics and the stage is state of the art with hydraulic lifts and scene moving apparatuses.
As the largest indoor theater in San Diego county with a seating capacity of 2,967 the Theatre has three levels of seating and seat selection is very important. Try to avoid the Mezzanine and balcony section. You will save a few dollars but the significant distance from the stage and the possibility of missing some of the action when the performers are on a raised part of the set make spending the extra money on better seats more then worthwhile. Rental binoculars are available if you do sit on the upper levels.
1100 3rd Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego Theatres Website
From Interstate- 5 south take the Front Street/Civic Center Exit. The off ramp forks so bear to the LEFT portion of off ramp that takes you to 2nd Avenue. Turn Right onto 2nd Avenue and continue three blocks to A Street where 2nd Avenue ends. You will see the entrance to the Concourse Parking structure right in front of you. Park in the Concourse Parking structure which is adjacent to the San Diego Civic Theatre.
San Diego Repertory Theatre
San Diego Repertory Theatre produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre for over 150,000 people each year during over 350 shows. An inexpensive option for those looking for top notch dancing and singing from talented actors and actresses. The San Diego Repertory Theatre venue will strike you as being one of the most intimate places to watch a performance. With every seat in the building offering a great view of the plays. The orchestra is located superbly above and behind the main stage.
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101