Horton Grand Theatre


Location: Downtown San Diego (Gaslamp Quarter)

Performances: Wednesdays through Sundays

Cost: $36 – $46; ($5 off for Seniors 65+ and Half Off for Ages 29 and Under and Active Military Members)

Features: Popular Theatre for Long-Running Crowd Favorite Musicals

horton-grand-theatreHorton Grand Theatre Highlights: The Horton Grand Theatre provides an intimate setting with only 230 seats. Patrons enjoy an up-close view from all seats. The theatre is home to long running musicals that often run for months, if not years. The Horton Grand Theatre is currently operated by the Lamb’s Players Theatre, which has a separate venue in Coronado. For information and tickets for their current production at the Horton Grand Theatre, visit LambsPlayers.org.

Nearby Dining – There are plenty of dining options within walking distance of the Horton Grand Theatre. For a list of restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, visit the Gaslamp Quarter Association web site. Horton Plaza, a few blocks to the north also has a few fine-dining restaurants. If you are looking for more upscale dining options, go five blocks north to Broadway. There, you will find The Westgate Room in the Westgate Hotel, the award winning Grant Grill in the U.S. Grant Hotel, and Dobson’s Bar and Restaurant, a long-time favorite for city business leaders and politicians. After theatre, you will find plenty of nightlife in the Gaslamp.

Information on Visiting the Horton Grand Theatre

Directions from Google Maps to 444 Fourth Avenue in San Diego, CA 92101. (Despite the similar name, the Horton Grand Theatre is not located at the Horton Plaza Shopping Mall, where you will find the Balboa Theatre and Lyceum Theatre.)

Parking – There are nearby parking lots and garages that generally charge about $10 for the evening.

The Horton Plaza Parking Garage is three blocks to the north. This is a popular option because you can get your parking ticket validated for three hours of free parking from one of the mall’s kiosk machines. However, the free validated parking is only good until 9PM. Thereafter, it costs about $8 per hour. You can enter Horton Plaza at the intersection of 4th Avenue and F Street or at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and G Street. (These are all one-way streets.)

You may also want to consider street parking, which is free after 6PM and on Sundays. However, these spots fill up quickly.

Traffic – Getting in and out of downtown using highways I-5, SR-163, and SR-94 is relatively easy. Downtown San Diego is not a major employment center and thus there is very little rush hour traffic. Watch for slower traffic on the I-5 where it does a tight S-curve through downtown San Diego near the SR-163 interchange. When heading southbound on SR-163, stay to the left side unless you want to get on the I-5. (You will encounter a slight delay getting on the I-5 from SR-163.) You will also encounter a slight delay on SR-163 going into downtown when there is an event at Petco Park. If the San Diego Padres play a daytime game, it usually start at 1:05PM. Otherwise, games start at 7:05PM. Even though traffic backs up a little on SR-163, it continues to move along. When leaving downtown, remember that:

  • 1st Avenue will get you to the I-5 North,
  • 11th Avenue will get you to SR-163 and the I-5 North,
  • E & J Streets will get you to the I-5 South, and
  • G Street will get you to SR-94.

The traffic lights on these streets are synchronized and will generally move you along without delay. (Learn how to get the latest highway traffic updates.)

Once you are downtown, you will find most of the streets are one-way, on an alternating basis. (You can see them if you zoom in on Google Maps.) Broadway, which runs along the north side of Horton Plaza, and Market Street are both two-way streets running east-west. You will find that at several intersections you are not allowed to make a left turn off of Broadway or Market. Thus, if you need to make a left turn, it is often better to use a one-way street rather than Broadway and Market Streets. Fourth Avenue, in front of the Horton Grand Theatre, is a one way street heading south.

All of the streets downtown move along quite well. The only exceptions are 4th and 5th Avenues through the Gaslamp Quarter in the evenings and around Petco Park before and after events. One other exception is crossing train tracks that run along Harbor Drive in front of the Convention Center. You can cross over the train tracks at Market, Front, 1st, and 5th. Sometimes, freight trains block the latter few crossover streets. If you see them sitting still, it means they are checking their brakes, so it could take a while. Don’t wait. Move farther north towards Market Street to cross over the tracks.

Transit – Both the Blue and Orange Trolley Lines move through Downtown San Diego and get you within four blocks of most attractions. The Orange Line stops at the Gaslamp Quarter station, which is the closest to Horton Grand Theatre. (The theatre is three blocks east of the station.) See San Diego Transit Information for the downtown transit map and information for the online Transit Planner.

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