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SAN DIEGO THEATER - THEATRE IN SAN DIEGO CA

San Diego TheatreSan Diego Theatre - San Diego’s theatres are just as diverse as the city itself. Whether it’s a big budget production, an intimate dinner theatre, or an independent show by local artists, there is no shortage of entertainment choices.Theatre really began to take root in San Diego in 1868 when Thomas Whaley brought the first professional theatre production to town.

He leased the 2nd floor of his house to Thomas Tanner and allowed him to set up a stage. The Tanner Troupe, a family singing and dancing revue presented the first professional Shows in San Diego. However, this wasn’t the first theatrical performance the city had seen.

The United States soldiers of Company D, Third Artillery had performed years earlier at the San Diego Mission. The American Dramatic Club, as they called themselves, also put on a premiere called “The Smiths and the Browns of San Diego.” Company D, along with their wives and other local talent played various parts in this comedy and entertained residents from April through June during 1858.

San Diego’s Theatre scene has continued to prosper. Dozens of theatres are scattered around town offering a wide range of genres. While larger scale productions are the most popular, smaller venues can be just as exciting.

Below are some of San Diego's Premiere Venues, but again don’t be afraid to check out some of the more obscure ones. The theatre scene is bursting with talent and culture, so try something a little different in the way of San Diego nightlife. You might be surprised with what you find

Civic Theatre is San Diego’s major cultural venue. It is the largest and most prestigious performing arts theatre in San Diego with 3,000 seats. The California Ballet, the San Diego Opera, and the La Jolla Chamber Music Society all call it home.
@ The San Diego Concourse
202 C St.
San Diego, CA 92101
1-619-525-5000

San Diego Repertory Theatre is the most prominent downtown theatre and the 3rd largest in San Diego. It also has a fabulous underground gallery featuring both local and world-renowned artists.
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92110
1-619-544-1000

The Coronado Playhouse is the oldest community theatre in San Diego County. It was first organized in 1946 as the Coronado Players. After four successful seasons, the Players bought a building and an adjacent Quonset hut from the U.S. Navy, where shows are still performed today.
The Ferry Landing
1335 1st St.
Coronado, CA 92118
1-619-435-4856

Gregory Peck founded the La Jolla Playhouse in 1947. It has earned more than 300 major honors, including the 1993 Tony Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre. The Playhouse performs at the Weiss Theatre on campus of the University of California San Diego (UCSD).
P.O. Box 12039
La Jolla, CA 92039
1-858-550-1010

World renowned for its productions, The Old Globe Theatre houses artists that build costumes, sets, and even wigs for each of their shows. The theatre is home to the annual Shakespeare festival, but hosts much more than just the classics.
Balboa Park
P.O.Box 122171
San Diego, CA 92112
1-619-239-2255