Things to Know Before You Go



Arriving at least 30 - 45 minutes before the performance time ensures an opportunity to find parking, pick up tickets, find seats, and be familiarized with the theatre and surrounding areas. Patrons are admitted to the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Please allow an extra few minutes if retrieving will call tickets, should there be long reservation lines.


Out of respect and fairness to performers and fellow theatergoers, latecomers will not be admitted to the auditorium until there is an appropriate pause in the performance. During some productions, this pause may not occur until the end of the first act. Additionally, patrons who leave the theater before or during a performance will be asked to follow the above outlined late seating policies.


Although there is no official dress code, going to the ballet certainly presents an opportunity to dress up.

That being said, you should wear whatever makes you feel relaxed and at your best. At one of our performances, you may see everything from jeans to tuxedos. Many people come directly from work wearing business attire. "Upscale Casual" seems to be the norm for most performances, although opening nights tend to attract more formal wear.

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Please minimize disruptive noise during performances. Ballet performances are a wonderful event when the community gets together to experience the performing art form at one place and time. Many of our patrons are newcomers while others are seasoned balletomanes and aficionados. Please be courteous and respectful to everyone during the performance by refraining from talking, rustling programs, using any electronic device, etc.


Binoculars and coat check are currently unavailable at the Balboa Theatre.


Food is not allowed in the auditorium. Patrons may bring in drinks purchased at the Theatre or bottled water only. Please note that food and beverage items may not be brought in to the Theatre from outside sources. Concession Stands are conveniently located on all levels of the Theatre, offering a variety of snacks, soft drinks, coffee, wine and beer. Additional bar service is available on the Salon level. Balboa Theatre concession stands are able to accept cash or major credit cards for food and beverage items. For pre or post performance dining and entertainment, The Balboa Theatre’s central downtown location in the lively Gaslamp Quarter offers many wonderful options. Browse some options here.



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The Historic Balboa Theatre has undergone extensive accommodations to provide accessible improvements and upgrades for the comfort of our guests. Dedicated Accessible Wheelchair Seating is available on the main floor Orchestra (row H—House Right entry) and rear Orchestra (row X).

Accessible Restroom facilities are located on the main floor (East), Salon, Loge and Balcony levels of the Theatre.

All seats in the Orchestra section, rows A through Z are accessible via sloping walkways, no stairs.

Elevator stop 2A access to Loge level (East side) provides no-stair access to Loge, row A seats 1-19. All other seating in the Loge and Balcony do involve the use of stairs.


Please contact the California Ballet ticket office at (858) 560-6741 for additional questions.