The original theater, designed to copy Shakespeare's theatre in London, was built in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition in only 32 days and featured shortened versions of Shakespeare plays. In 1941, the U.S. Navy ordered the Old Globe to remove equipment and records for a period of 24 hours -- the Navy had acquired Balboa Park for use during World War II. By the summer of 1947, the federal government returned the park to the City of San Diego. In 1978 the theatre was destroyed by fire; a rebuilt theatre opened in 1982. The area hosts three stages including the Old Globe itself, the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, and an outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theater. You will usually have to purchase tickets in advance.
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Old Globe Theatre and Nearby Attractions on Map
San Diego Zoo(0.4 km)
San Diego zoo houses over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies.
Gaslamp Quarter(2.4 km)
Home to a number of historic Victorian-era buildings, such as the Louis Bank of Commerce, the Backesto Building, the Old City Hall, the Yuma Building, and a whole bunch of other beautiful old structures.
Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater(0.4 km)
A popular venue for renowned puppeteers, with an indoor theater holding many performances during the year.
Seaport Village(3.1 km)
A shopping and dining complex overlooking the bay, with a recreated historic 'seaside village' look.
Balboa Park(0.7 km)
Balboa Park is a cultural park, with greens, gardens, museums, theaters and the San Diego Zoo.
Horton Plaza(2.1 km)
A massive five-story outdoor shopping mall unique for its appearance, with lots of bright colors, architectural tricks, and interesting spaces.
Horton Plaza Park(2.1 km)
A historic square located just north of the shopping center of the same name.
San Diego Model Railroad Museum(0.3 km)
If you have kids or know a train buff, a visit to this fantastic museum should be high on your list.
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