What to Expect

Whether it is your first visit or you are a long-time subscriber, everyone at La Jolla Playhouse is committed to making sure your experience is memorable and engaging. Expect to be greeted with a smile, immersed in the world of a new play or musical and to have a great conversation on the car ride home.

Here’s a nifty list of things you should know. If we missed anything you are curious about give us a ring at (858) 550-1010 and we’ll be happy to help.

What should I wear?

No need to bust out the full-length gown and tux. It’s Southern California, so a casual chic or business casual look is perfect. We recommend being comfortable and bringing a light jacket or sweater as gets chilly in the evenings by the Coast.

When should I get there?

Please plan on arriving at least 30-40 minutes prior to your show start time. This will allow time to park, grab a drink, pick up your tickets and/or use the restroom prior to the performance.

In our humble opinion, theatre is best enjoyed in a relaxed state of mind, so give yourself plenty of time to settle in.

What if I’m late?

We get it. Sometimes you do everything right and traffic is a mess or the sitter is late. If you arrive after the show has started, please ask for a house manager in the lobby. It may be possible to walk you in to the theatre, but you may need to stand or sit in a seat that isn’t the one you purchased.

However, in other cases it is not possible to walk people in to the theatre after the show has started.

Our best advice is to allot more time than you think you’ll need to ensure you arrive on time.

Where should I park?

The Playhouse has a large parking lot directly across the street from our theatre district. Parking is free on Sat and Sun and $2 on Mon – Fri (full parking info here). There will be a friendly audience concierge located at the parking lot pay stations to answer any questions you have.

Side note – Subscribers get complimentary parking passes as part of their subscription package.

How do I find the theatre my show is playing in?

There are 3 main theatres in the Theatre District: the Weiss, the Potiker and the Forum. When you walk up to the theatres from the parking lot, the Forum is on your left, the Potiker is in center and the Weiss is to your right.

Don’t worry – if you look confused, those friendly audience concierges and our Patron Services staff will be on hand to direct you to your theatre.

Where do I pick up my tickets?

If you arrive more than one hour before your performance start time, go to the Potiker Theatre Box Office (the one in the center) to get your tickets from Will Call.

If you arrive one hour or less before your performance start time, go to the theatre in which your show is playing.

Are there dining options on site?

Yes! James’ Place is an on-site restaurant featuring a full bar, Prime and Angus cuts of beef, locally and sustainably harvested seafood, along with seasonal dishes. If you’d like to sit down for a leisurely dinner, book your reservation ahead of time here. Or saddle up to the gorgeous bar for a pre-show cocktail.

If you are attending on Friday, beginning at 6:30 pm you can enjoy delicious eats at Foodie Friday when the Playhouse hosts one of San Diego’s local food trucks pre-show. Learn more here.

Can I bring drinks or food in the theatre?

You may bring drinks purchased from the theatre concessions inside the theatre. Please remember to pop the lid provided by the bar on your beverage first.

We ask that any snacks (including the glorious cookies on offer) be enjoyed before you enter the theatre space.

Can I take pictures or video inside the theatre?

Photos and videos are not allowed during a performance. If you give it a try, a friendly usher will ask you to stop. Trust us, it’s awkward.

However, we encourage you to take photos and videos of the theatre and set pre- or post-show. If you are sharing on social media, we love it when you tag us:

Twitter: @LJPlayhouse

Facebook and Instagram: @LaJollaPlayhouse

Where can I find a show's run time and content info?

Each production will have this information on its show page. Run time and content warning will be posted on the show page closer to the start date.

Photo credit: Ariana DeBose (center) with the cast of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical; photo by Kevin Berne.

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