Magazine article Sunset

Best of Balboa Park

Magazine article Sunset

Best of Balboa Park

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In San Diego, nice changes hide behind those venerable facades

The comforting thing about San Diego's Balboa Park is that it doesn't seem to change much. But poke around a bit on your next visit and you'll see that a lot has been going on. Here are some of the highlights.

Casa de Balboa on El Prado houses an expanded Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA). Quadrupled in size, MoPA reopened last year, unveiling the park's best secret: the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater, a luxurious space that showcases classic as well as new and experimental films. Note the theater's crepuscularly lit ceiling. 1649 El Prado (in Casa de Balboa); (619) 238-7559.

Also on El Prado, a restaurant named the Prado has opened inside the House of Hospitality. An instant hot spot--thanks to a great location in the park, a menu of innovative Mediterranean-Latin fusion dishes, and a sizzling interior design--it revives a San Diego tradition of dining outdoors on one of the house's historic garden terraces. …

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