Starlight Bowl

Starlight Bowl, San Diego: Address, Phone Number, Starlight Bowl Reviews: 3.5/5

Starlight Bowl
3.5
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Staged in Balboa Park's outdoor amphitheater, Starlight has been running summer shows since the 1940s.
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SDwalkerSOCAL
San Diego, CA4,169 contributions
Planes landing stops the show
Feb 2015 • Family
The landing pattern for the airport is right over this outdoor theater. The stage performance freezes during the time the plane noise interferes. Then the action resumes. The theater is in Balboa Park and has plenty of parking. The performances are usually a musical and enjoyed by all.
Written September 22, 2015
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traveltoforeignlands
San Diego, CA583 contributions
Theater with a Twist!
Jun 2015
I positively LOVE the Starlight Bowl! Not only are their performances fantastic, but they are great fun to watch! I love the theater--particularly song and dance musicals--but theater here should be called "Theater with a Twist!" The reason being that the Starlight Bowl is in the flight path of San Diego's Lindbergh field. There are tiny lights on the stage and when an airplane's path is such that it will interrupt the sound of the musical, the lights turn red. When the performers see the red lights, they immediately stop dancing and singing, and literally freeze in place! When the lights return to green, they continue their song/dance without missing a note or a step. It is truly amazing to behold! There are some who do not appreciate this aspect and find it off-putting; for those, I suggest attending plays elsewhere as we have many wonderful theater venues throughout the County. That said, if you are looking for something a bit different, I think you will truly enjoy the experience. I have returned to the Starlight again and again and yet never tire of the experience! :)
Written September 11, 2015
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Robert v
San Diego, CA64 contributions
Airplanes are very distracting
The performances are good, but the theater is open-air, in the flight path for the airport, and the frequent halts of the performances for the planes to roar overhead is distracting and very unpleasant. I plan to never attend the Starlight Bowl again. It needs to be relocated.
Written May 5, 2013
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snarkyinla
Los Angeles73 contributions
Excellent production quality but too long and too many planes
we saw My Fair Lady at the Starlight Bowl. The production was excellent quality, but three hours was WAY too long in those uncomfortable old seats.

And yes, the thing where the production "freezes" whenever a plane goes overhead is really cool -- the first couple of times. But having to see it 20-30 times during one production is really annoying...
Written September 3, 2008
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