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Preparing for Your Show

Whether this is your first time to the theatre or if you’re a seasoned theatre veteran, it’s also smart to know some tips and tricks to get the most out of your upcoming theatre-going experience.


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Getting to the Theatre

Civic Theatre

1100 Third Avenue
@ B Street

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Balboa Theatre

868 Fourth Avenue
@ E Street

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question?  Please browse through our Frequently Asked Questions below to see if your question is answered.

What is the updated Vaccination & Mask Policy

Stay up-to-date with Recommendations and Requirements, click here.

Do I still need to wear a mask?

Masks and Vaccinations are strongly recommended for all patrons attending Broadway San Diego events, until further notice.

Will I still need to show proof of Vaccination?

Vaccinations are no longer required to attend Broadway San Diego events, however, to create a safe and healthy environment for our audiences, performers, staff, and all the behind-the-scenes team members, Masks and Vaccinations are strongly recommended for all patrons attending Broadway San Diego events, until further notice.

Will the Mask and Vaccination policy change?

This policy will be evaluated and updated as needed and Ticket holders will be notified in a timely manner. By purchasing tickets Broadway San Diego Events, you agree to abide by the health and safety measures in effect at the time of the event, which may include, but not be limited to, wearing masks, providing proof of vaccination status and/or providing proof of negative COVID-19 test. Stay up to date with current policies here:

How do I reach you with additional questions?

Season Ticket Holders can email:

All other inquires can be sent here:

How can I purchase single tickets?

The best way to purchase single tickets to any performance is online. You can also sign up for our E-lerts to receive emails about pre-sale opportunities, special offers and on sale dates for all of our events.

ONLINE: To purchase single tickets online visit:

BY PHONE: Single tickets are not yet available by phone. 

IN PERSON: To purchase single tickets in person, you will need to visit the Civic Theatre box office on 3rd & B St or Balboa Theatre box office on 4th & E any day or evening that a show is scheduled in that venue. The box office will be open for 2.5 hours before the show starts, and they will sell tickets to all available events currently on sale.

Note: You will not need to wait until the day of your desired performance to purchase tickets; you will just need to pick a day the box office is open for business with a scheduled show at the Civic or Balboa Theatre.

For your convenience, here is their event calendar:  The Civic Theatre and Balboa Theatre are cashless venues. This applies to all ticket sales, food & beverage purchases, and binocular rentals.

What is the current show status amid COVID-19?

For updated information about current show statuses during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.


Can I buy parking online?

Broadway/San Diego season ticket holders can buy advance parking at the Wells Fargo Plaza Building for more information click HERE.

Do you have any special considerations for deaf patrons?

We are happy to arrange ASL interpreted performances upon patron request. For more information on how to request this service or to find out which shows have an ASL interpreted performance already scheduled, please click here for more information. To purchase tickets to a scheduled ASL performance, please contact the Civic Theatre Ticket Office at (619) 570-1100 or TDD (619) 570-4177.

Do you have any special considerations for hearing impaired patrons?

At the Civic Theatre, a limited number of Sennheiser infra-red audio assistance system headsets are available to amplify the sound for those in need. These sets may be picked up, free of charge, from the coat check room of the theatre’s first floor lobby.

Does the theatre have wheelchair access?

Yes. The Civic Theatre offers companion seating and seating for patrons with wheelchairs. Please contact the Civic Theatre Ticket Office at (619) 570-1100 for prices and availability.

How far in advance should I arrive?

We recommend that you plan to arrive at least ONE HOUR prior to your performance. This will allow sufficient time for unexpected traffic, especially during concurrent events downtown, and to secure parking. There is usually ample and convenient parking available if you arrive early.

What if someone needs to reach me during the show?

Guests cannot be paged. While cell phones must be silenced during performances, it is still possible for people to leave messages to your phone. Alternatively, you may leave your exact seat location (including section, row and seat number – all listed on your ticket) with someone you believe may need to contact you. Then, that person may call our House Manager at (619) 615-4125, to leave their message and your seat location. At an appropriate break (typically, intermission or at the conclusion of the performance), an usher will attempt to deliver your message to you. However, without the specific seat locations, no one will be able to provide this assistance.

What should I wear?

Theatre is fun – and historically had been a great time to dress up, however, in a true San Diego fashion we encourage our patrons relax and enjoy the show in comfort. While some patrons dress in a tux or sparkling gown on occasion, and others may wear a business suit/sport jacket or nice pants outfit/dress, there are many patrons who choose to wear a clean pair of jeans or nice shorts and a polo style shirt. Absolutely any of these wardrobe choices are perfect!

When do they start seating?

Seating usually starts approximately 30-minutes prior to the start of a show. For some performances, seating may begin even earlier, but 30-minutes prior is a safe estimate.

Where is WILL CALL?

WILL CALL will be located at the ticket office windows. Tickets can be picked up 2.5 hours prior to your performance time.

Will the theatre provide booster seats, binoculars or hearing amplifiers?

Booster seats are available on a first come, first serve. Binoculars are available for rent. Rental costs vary. Hearing amplification devices are available for use, free of charge. For more information, please visit the Civic Theatre’s website at


Will there be late seating?

Should you arrive at the theatre late or after curtain, you may be held in the lobby until there is a suitable seating break during the performance. Parking for Civic Theatre events generally requires arriving at least 60 minutes prior to curtain to avoid traffic delays in and around the busy Gaslamp District.

Why is there a new login process required for Ticketmaster?

For more information on the new login process required for Ticketmaster, click here.

How do I redeem gift certificates?

Gift Certificates: To use your gift certificate, you must email images of your certificate (showing details) to

These can be redeemed for any Broadway San Diego show that is currently on sale.  For a list of shows eligible, please click here:   Look forward to seeing you at an upcoming show!

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