Visitor Information

The Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego-Center is a major reason that tourists flock to San Diego.  The 16.5 block neighborhood is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and contains 94 structures that are historically and architecturally significant. The district now houses over 70 restaurants and nightclubs as well as movie theaters, shops, offices, galleries, apartments and lofts.  There are over 350 businesses in the Quarter.

The area has had many names over the years--Rabbitville, Flea Town, New Town San Diego, Davis Folly, Stingaree, Chinatown and SOB (South of Broadway).  Alonzo Horton built a wharf at the foot of Fifth Avenue and promoted the area as the business district for his new town. The district's fortunes rose and fell according to San Diego's prosperity.  It's reputation as an unsavory, lawless red-light was well-earned during several periods of its history.  Ultimately though the area just slid into disrepair and decay.

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Gaslamp Businesses

Mirowski & Associates

757 W Ivy St.
San Diego, CA
  • Legal - Business Litigation
  • Legal - Civil Litigation
  • Legal - Medical Malpractice

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

101 W Broadway, Fl. Ninth
San Diego, CA
  • Legal - Discrimination
  • Legal - Employment Litigation
  • Legal - Labor Relations
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Movie Theaters

701 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA, 92101
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA, 92101

To find a movie theater outside this area, check the Source Movie Section.

Upcoming Events

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Reading and Discussion Program

Wed, Apr 16
San Diego Central Library/Joan & Irwin Jacobs Comm
San Diego
The San Diego Public Library continues its presentation with a scholar-led four part Reading and Discussion program design to provide opportunities for informed discussion about the histories, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and in the U.S.

Classic Cinema Wednesday Films Festival

Wed, Apr 16
Central Library
San Diego
Opening the series, the classic lawyer comedy film “Adam’s Rib” will screen on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the New San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. The Library’s “Classic Cinema” movie showcase highlights the best movies that are considered “classics.” Audience discussions will often follow the screenings. These events are FREE and open to the public.  April 2 — “Adam’s Rib” (1949) — With husband and wife lawyers Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.  April 9 — “12 Angry Men” (1957) — With Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, inside a tense jury trial.  April 16 —“Anatomy of a Murder” (1959) — With James Stewart and Lee Remick, directed by Otto Preminger.  April 23 — “Inherit the Wind” (1960) — With Spencer Tracy and Fredric March.

Port of San Diego Invites Public to Integrated Planning Open House (San Diego)

Wed, Apr 16
6:00pm 8:00pm
B Street Pier Cruise Ship Terminal
San Diego
The Port of San Diego will host three separate open house events for the public to provide feedback on its long-range vision and Integrated Port Master Plan Update process. The Port of San Diego, the fourth largest in California, is in the midst of developing a 50-year Vision Plan as part of the Port Master Plan Update to help set the course for future land and water uses in San Diego Bay. At each open house, port consultants will present an overview of the Vision process and input received over the last six months during the first-phase visioning effort. In addition, a preliminary draft set of guiding principles will be available to the public for input. The guiding principles are important as they will help inform the next phases of this multi-year master planning process.

Parisian Style Easter Celebration

Sun, Apr 20
10:00am 3:00pm
The Westgate Hotel
San Diego
Celebrate Easter in San Diego at The Westgate Hotel where locals and weekend travelers alike are invited to enjoy the perfect family holiday in Parisian style. Guests can share with their children an afternoon of fun with the Westgate Easter Bunny Teas on April 18 and 19 and the Traditional Westgate Easter Champagne brunch featuring the Easter Bunny and face painter on Sunday, April 20. The luxury hotel located near the Gaslamp Quarter is also offering The Westgate Experience package at special rates for the perfect family weekend getaway.

Films From Spain: A Gun in Each Hand

Tue, Apr 22
Hall of Nations in Balboa Park
San Diego
"A Gun in Each Hand" is a witty and brutally hilarious portrait of fortysomething men confronting various midlife crises, and the changing gender roles of contemporary Spanish society. The cast features some of the most star-studded, talents in modern Spanish and Latin American cinema, including Ricardo Darín, Luis Tosar, Javier Cámara, Eduardo Noriega, Leonor Watling, Candela Peña and Leonardo Sbaraglia.
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