Horton Plaza’s Arts Tix Box Office to be Demolished

Long-standing box office to be moved in preparation for Horton Plaza redevelopment

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012  |  Updated 7:50 PM PDT
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Horton Plaza’s Arts Tix Box Office to be Demolished

The “Art Tix” box office has been a trademark of downtown San Diego since 1989, after being moved from the lobby of the Spreckels Theater on Broadway.

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After 23 years of providing half-price same day tickets to San Diego performances, the iconic box office in front of Horton Plaza will be demolished.  

The “Art Tix” box office has been a trademark of downtown San Diego since 1989, after being moved from the lobby of the Spreckels Theater on Broadway. 

Its design mimics New York City's TKTS discount ticket booth in Times Square. 

Crews began demolishing the old Robinson’s May building last month, but did not make provisions for the Art Tix box office.

A grass roots campaign supporting the office convinced local officials to find a new location for operations, according to a statement from San Diego Performing Arts League. 

Box office operations will now be located at the Lyceum Theater near the entrance to Horton Plaza. The permanent box office will be built into the new Horton Plaza design in 2014 when the project is completed. 

The Performing Arts league hopes to be able to save remnants from the box office, but hasn't made any plans to do so yet, a spokesperson said. 

The box office's lease with Westfield ends on December 31. The spokesperson said the demolition will likely take place around that time.

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