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San Diego Civic Theatre


San Diego Civic Theatre

San Diego Theatres is a 501(c)3 non-profit, public benefit corporation established to manage and operate publicly-owned performing arts theatres. We are responsible for the management, marketing, operations and maintenance of the San Diego Civic Theatre under the terms of an operating agreement with the City of San Diego. Additionally, San Diego Theatres has assumed the same responsibility for the historic Balboa Theatre in the Gaslamp Quarter under the terms of a long-term lease with the City of San Diego’s Redevelopment Agency.

San Diego Theatres strives to positively impact the community through facility enhancement projects, the advancement of a downtown theatre district, and strategic partnerships for the enrichment of the performing arts for the benefit of the region.

San Diego Theatres was established in 2003 by the San Diego Convention Center Corporation as a subsidiary non-profit corporation. The strategy of San Diego Theatres is to position itself for growth and future independence as a fully independent stand-alone entity. This is a model that will allow us to capitalize on years of service to the community, while advancing into the future with focused determination to proactively improve the performing arts experience for the citizens of the greater San Diego region.


San Diego Theatres’ mission is to provide world-class theatre-going experiences through its stewardship of professionally-managed venues. The San Diego region will be enriched through our advancement of a vibrant downtown theatre district. San Diego Theatres is ethically driven, fiscally sound, and strategically focused, while fostering an environment that instills advocacy, awareness, and a wide-spread participation in San Diego’s performing arts.


San Diego Theatres contributes to the region’s greatness through effective leadership of performing arts venues. Through strategic partnerships with cultural, civic, business, and governmental entities, San Diego Theatres nurtures and strengthens the spirit, charisma, and vitality of the performing arts and the greater San Diego community. As a result, San Diego Theatres is valued in the region and throughout the international performing arts community.


Ethics, integrity, inclusiveness, and excellence are our cornerstones. Collaboration, strategic partnerships, and effective relationships are vital contributors to our cooperative, nurturing, and results-oriented environment. Dedication, commitment, and perseverance advance our service to our patrons, producers, and performers. Appreciation and gratitude to our volunteers, our employees, and our benefactors are essential for our continued success.

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