Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater

Venue Details


  • 226 guest accommodation
  • Dolby cinema surround sound system
  • Christie Solaria One Digital Cinema Projection System
  • Panasonic digital projector
  • 18’ wide and 8’ deep thrust stage
  • Programmable stage and house lighting
  • Dual Strong 35 mm film projectors with automatic changeover
  • 16 mm sound projector
  • Oppo Region Free Blu-ray player
  • Maximum screen 24’ wide and 12’ high with variable masking system
  • Automatic black velvet curtain to cover screen
  • Discrete house sound system flown above stage
  • ALS system


  • $2,150
  • Additional hours: $100/hour

*Museum offers a 10% discount on above rental fees for military and non-profit organizations.



All theater events must take place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Additional hours will be billed at $100 per hour in addition to hourly labor. Candles, food and beverage are prohibited in the theater. The theater is fully ADA compliant, including a wheelchair lift for stage, as well as five wheelchair accessible seating positions.

The Museum has a separate process associated with on-site A/V staffing and A/V equipment rental. Please contact the MOPA@SDMA special events team for more information



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1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101

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    Welcome to the Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art!

    As of July 1, 2023, the Museum of Photographic Arts and The San Diego Museum of Art have merged to become one unified institution. The Museum of Photographic Arts is now the Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art (MOPA@SDMA).

    MOPA@SDMA remains a pay-what-you wish museum open Thursdays through Sundays 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

    We look forward to seeing you soon!