10 San Francisco Arts and Meeting Venues With Large Theaters

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10 San Francisco Arts and Meeting Venues With Large Theaters

San Francisco is a city rich in theater history, performance venues and grand stages, both old and new. Whether you want to present a new product or idea, honor important leaders or screen a film, you can find the perfect venue in this iconic city. Here are some of the most unforgettable stages the city has to offer.

The Geary Theater (415 Geary St.)
This historical jewel has a legacy that includes such notables as Sarah Bernhardt, Mae West and Lawrence Olivier. Retaining its late-Victorian-era charm and nestled in the Union Square theater district, this iconic landmark houses a 1,040-seat theater, cabaret space and the impressive Sky lobby, which overlooks the historical district. The interior was meticulously restored while preserving its gorgeous historical features, resulting in a classic theater that hearkens back to the Old World while providing all the technological support of a modern performance venue.

SHN Golden Gate Theater (1 Taylor St.)
The SHN Golden Gate Theater opened in 1922 as a vaudeville hall and was later renovated into a movie theater. In the 1970s, it was restored to a performance venue and has continued in this tradition. This preeminent venue houses a 2,297-seat entertainment complex with full stage support for a variety of entertainment events and presentations.

SHN Orpheum Theater (1192 Market St.)
Built in the early 20th century for theater magnate Alexander Pantages, this historical landmark retains many of its original features and details, though it has been renovated several times to make the space amenable to large musical shows. Over the years, it has hosted various theatrical arts, including vaudeville and silent films. Located in the Civic Center district, the SHN Orpheum seats 2,203 guests and can create a world-class experience for any large group.

The Masonic (1111 California St.)
The Masonic auditorium is a venue that hosts many live shows and musical performances. Designed mid-century in the austere, modernist style of the period, the temple has seating for 3,300, while a 300-capacity VIP room features a stunning view of Nob Hill and the Bay. The sculpture outside the building is a war memorial and the art within depicts some of the area's fascinating local history. The concert stage has a state-of-the-art sound system designed specifically for the venue's acoustics.

San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center (2850 19th Ave.)
This venue offers a highly functional and well-equipped 760-seat auditorium for presentations, lectures, screenings and shows. In-house technicians can fully support your event. Spacious dressing rooms, lighting and great acoustics are some of the features of this stage, which offers 2,200 square feet of performance space.

Cowell Theater (2 Marina Blvd.)
Located at the north end of Pier 2, adjacent to the Herbst Pavilion, this fully-equipped modern theater at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture provides a highly functional yet minimalist space for screening films, performance art and dance, as well as presentations, showcases, lectures and product launches. Fully supported with sound and light design, this 437-seat auditorium is the perfect venue for multimedia presentations and other corporate events. 

The War Memorial Opera House and Performing Arts Center (401 Van Ness Ave.)
Erected in 1920 and dedicated to commemorating those who served in the World War I, the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center (SFWMPAC) is one of the largest performance complexes in the United States, covering 7.5 acres in the Civic Center district and seating 7,500 across the complex. Home to the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera, this cultural treasure and historical landmark was designed in the beaux-arts style and retains many ornate details and features. The Herbst Theater, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall and War Memorial Opera House are all part of this dynamic cultural center.

Herbst Theater (401 Van Ness Ave.)
This elegant, intimate yet completely state-of -the-art performance space is the primary venue for many of the Bay Area's premier musical organizations. It features an 892-seat auditorium fully equipped with dressing rooms, rehearsal space and a lounge. Housed in the Veterans building, and known for its famous murals, the Herbst Theater also accommodates the fabled Green Room, the stunning and exquisite lobby that hosts many elegant receptions and dinners each year.

Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall (201 Van Ness Ave.)
The Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall was constructed in 1980 to provide a permanent home for the San Francisco Symphony. The impressive Fratelli Ruffatti electro-pneumatic pipe organ was brought into the hall in 1984. The 2,743-seat concert hall was renovated in 1992 to create a state-of-the-art acoustics system and improved aesthetic, ensuring that the hall will remain a cultural asset and world-class performance venue well into the future.

War Memorial Opera House (401 Van Ness Ave.)
This cultural and historical landmark opened in 1932. It has been home to the San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera from its earliest days. The stately, beaux-arts structure has undergone several renovations, improving the stage complex and the hall's renowned acoustics while retaining all the charm and grandeur of the period. The 3,200-seat auditorium is the final word in luxury with its plush, velvet seats and ornate art deco detailing, making it the perfect venue for special, upscale performances and gala events.

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