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San Diego Civic Theatre

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Address: 3rd and B St., San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-231-8995
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Home to the San Diego Opera and Broadway theater.

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Beware, anyone not young and fit!

The Mt Everest of theatres. Unless you are seated in the orchestra, you need to know that the seats are EXTREMELY steeply raked, and the rows disappear into the clouds. I was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
San Diego, California

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San Diego, California
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mt Everest of theatres. Unless you are seated in the orchestra, you need to know that the seats are EXTREMELY steeply raked, and the rows disappear into the clouds. I was seated next to an aisle at the top of the first little staircase in the balcony, and watched the faces of those arriving there when they looked up... More 

Thank SWMildcat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw "Phantom of the Opera" here. If you want a full meal, eat before you go. There is only one restaurant that we found close by, but we stood in line and finally gave up. So the grandkids had hot dogs from a cart out in front of the theatre. There are nice, healthy snacks inside. Our granddaughter chose... More 

Thank Lepha
Maui, Hawaii
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14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently attended the Phantom of the Opera. We booked our seats on line at the last minute so seats were limited. Although a seating plan was available the plan did not give the right perspective on far away from the stage the seats would be. Our seats turned out to be two rows from the back and were so... More 

Thank Kayles977
Temecula, California
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We've seen Phantom multiple times and this version is unique. Sometimes unique can be met with resistance at first, but if the quality is still there it can be a pleasurable experience. We've seen Phantom with Michael Crawford and Davis Gaines and their portrayals were of a more romantic nature. This Phantom is more controlling and physical. The sets are... More 

Thank Greg C
San Diego
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Just saw a beloved opera but in a new, sterile version. What a huge disappointment! Took a friend for their first time and was so disappointed when I talked it up so much and it was nothing as I described. It was simplistic staging, sterile acting, no passion. Couldn't understand the singing. I wasted a lot of money. Don't do... More 

Thank Ana S
San Diego, California
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507 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Always an event to see at the Civic Theater, musicals such as Frozen, Grease, Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera and many others. Best venue for San Diego specific events such as the "Salute to Teachers", music events such as "Rene Barbera" in recital, "An Evening with Giada de Laurentiis, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. Paid parking is available... More 

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Yuma, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

My wife and I visited the San Diego theater for the first time last week. We saw the award winning "Pippin". Pippin was excellent, as the reviews proclaimed it would be. We parked at the event parking garage next door for $10, which is very reasonable considering the some of the lots that line the streets charge up to $25.... More 

Thank RaptorMD
San Diego, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a nice place to see the musicals that are touring the country. As a season ticket holder to Broadway San Diego, I have seen most of the many of the wonderful musicals that are performed here. If you are just thinking of getting tickets, make sure you get Orchestra Tickets, because they are the best seats to see... More 

Thank Luann H
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Civic is a great place for Musical Theatre. Normally the touring groups are good. Restaurants are in walking distance, but only one at the civic - Downtown Johnny Brown's which serve pub food. Walk a few blocks to 4th, 5th or 6th Ave and you will find some really good restaurants. Bonus-free street parking on Sunday's!

Thank SDNewbie
oceanside, United States
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45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

We saw Wicked here and the theatre is fairly large, so our seats in lower loge side seemed farther than we thought, but the convenience of a restroom right outside made up for it. The acoustics are great in this place and it is well maintained. Get to the snack line early, lines get long fast. If you park in... More 

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