1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
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Celebrate your event in picture perfect style at the Museum of Photographic Arts.



David C. Copley Atrium

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, MOPA provides a sophisticated venue for special events, offering guests exclusive access to MOPA's world renowned exhibitions and close proximity to the Park's amenities. MOPA's contemporary design provides an innovative environment for private parties, corporate gatherings, wedding receptions, and fundraisers.

Venue Features

  • 2,400 square feet venue allows seated dinners for 140 guests, standing receptions for 200
  • Private viewing of adjacent photographic galleries
  • Steps away from Balboa Park's many beautiful outdoor ceremony sites
  • Photo booth available for entertaining guests, wedding favors, or group activities
  • Complimentary use of MoPA's banquet tables and chairs
  • Unique design offers porcelain travertine flooring and skylights set in a 24-foot high ceiling
  • Use of flat screen TV monitor in the atrium to showcase photo montages or corporate logos
  • Historic Spanish architecture in Balboa Park offers ideal, scenic backdrops for event photography
  • Convenient location, minutes away from the San Diego airport and Gaslamp hotels and restaurants
  • Planning assistance and referrals from MoPA's Special Events Department

Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater

State-of-the-art film and video theater. Ideal venue for film screenings, lectures, conferences, classes, and wedding ceremonies. Fully ADA compliant.

Venue Features

  • 226-guest accommodation, with an additional 4 wheelchair seating positions
  • Stage: 18' wide and 8' deep, with wheelchair access
  • Screen: 23'4" wide and 12' high, with modular masking to accommodate any projection aspect ratio
  • 16 & (dual) 35mm film projectors with full range of lenses
  • Built-in "make up" table for all film formats
  • (2) Xenon projectors for traditional slide presentations
  • PAL/NTSC Region Free DVD Player
  • Blue Ray player
  • Christie DLP Digital Cinema Projector with anamorphic lenses
  • Panasonic DLP Digital Cinema Projector
  • Dolby CP650 Cinema Audio Processor with full surround capability for all formats
  • Integrated 8-channel PA system
  • Programmable Spot lighting and twinkle lights
  • Secure wireless internet throughout




To learn more about Picture Perfect Events or to schedule an appointment to tour the Museum, please contact the Special Events Department at events@mopa.org or at 619.238.7559 X290.