1363 Old Globe Way • 619 234 5623 • Check event schedule • www.theoldglobe.org
Every year 250,000 people attend performances at the three theaters in this complex: the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre, the intimate White Theatre, and the outdoor Davies Theatre, which hosts a Shakespeare festival in the summer.
La Jolla Village Dr at Torrey Pines Rd, UCSD Campus, La Jolla • 858 550 1010
Gregory Peck, Mel Ferrer, and Dorothy McGuire founded this theater in 1947. All the Hollywood greats once performed here. Now affiliated with UCSD, many plays that debuted here have gone on to win the Tony.
1100 3rd Ave • 619 570 1100
If you missed the latest Broadway show, dont worry: chances are the touring company will perform at this grand theater. Featuring local talent and the world’s most acclaimed stars, the San Diego Opera stages four annual productions here.
79 Horton Plaza • 619 544 1000
Two theaters are part of the San Diego Repertory Theatre complex: the 550-seat Lyceum and the 270-seat Lyceum Space Theatre. Shows run from the experimental to multilingual performances and Shakespeare with a modern slant. In addition, the theater hosts visiting companies and art exhibitions.
2005 Pan American Plaza • 619 232 7827 • www.starlighttheatre.org
The San Diego Civic Light Opera performs summer Broadway shows in this idyllic Balboa Park setting. It is under a flight path, so plane-spotters cue the performers when to freeze. Audiences good-humoredly accept the interruptions.
2241 Shelter Island Dr, Shelter Island • 619 224 3577
From May to October, jazz, rock, comedy, blues, folk, and world music are performed in an outdoor 1,350-seat amphitheater next to San Diego Bay. Special packages to Humphrey’s Restaurant and Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn are available to patrons.
4040 Twiggs St • 619 337 1525
Only 250 amphitheater-style seats wrap around the stage of this theater in an Old Town barn. Leading local company Cygnet Theatre performs dramas, musicals, and comedies such as The History Boys, A Little Night Music, and A Christmas Carol.
121 Broadway • 619 235 9500
Commissioned by John D. Spreckels, this Neo-Baroque landmark presents theatrical shows and concerts. Murals, Classical statuary, and an elegant marble lobby give the theater an aura of old San Diego.
2050 Entertainment Cir, Chula Vista • 619 671 3500
Major pop artists perform from March to October in this notable open-air amphitheater. Great sight lines and giant video screens ensure a good view. There is seating for 10,000 people and the grass can accommodate another 10,000.
750 B St • 619 235 0804
Formerly known as Fox Theatre, a Rococo-Spanish Renaissance extravaganza built in 1929, this venue was to be destroyed until developers donated it to the San Diego Symphony in 1984. Since restored, the hall hosts excellent classical music concerts.
Director and actor Orson Welles used the California Tower and Dome in Balboa Park as Xanadu.
John Wayne raced up a hill at Camp Pendleton, the setting for the World War II battle in the acclaimed film.
The distinctive structure of the Hotel del Coronado formed a backdrop for Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis.
Gregory Peck, born in La Jolla in San Diego, played the eponymous general on Silver Strand State Beach.
This Peter O’Toole film had several stuntmen jumping off the roof of the city’s Hotel del Coronado.
Tom Cruise chatted up Kelly McGillis at the iconic Kansas City Barbecue, in the harbor district.
Filmed in an enormous, specially built water tank at Rosarito Beach, Mexico.
Nothing much had to be changed for the Volkswagen and Birkenstock look of 1970s Ocean Beach.
Kate Beckinsale proved her love for Ben Affleck by bidding him goodbye at the San Diego Railroad Museum in Campo.
Along with scenes of San Diego and Tijuana, Traffic’s car explosion took place in the judges’ parking lot of the Hall of Justice.