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War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Theaters, Concerts & Shows, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California is located on the western side of Van Ness Avenue across from the rear facade of City Hall. It is part of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. It has been the home of the San Francisco Opera since opening night in 1932.ArchitectureIn 1927, $4 million in municipal bonds were issued to finance the design and construction of the first municipally owned opera house in the United States. The architects of the building complex were Arthur Brown Jr., who had designed City Hall between 1912 and 1916, and G. Albert Lansburgh, a theater designer responsible for San Francisco's Orpheum and the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.Completed in 1932,it is one of the last Beaux-Arts structures erected in the United States and employs the classic Roman Doric order in a reserved and sober form appropriate to its function commemorating all those who served in World War I. A colonnade of paired columns screens colossal arch-headed windows above a severe rusticated basement, a scheme that owes something to Claude Perrault's severe East front of the Louvre.
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  • Bought tickets for 1.5 months via the Internet and the good spots already failed to buy. Sitting on the balcony (B) 5 series with an edge, it was quite high, the scene was far away, but we were under the ceiling screens that close showed performance on stage. Struck by the remarkable work of the videographer. The plot of the Opera based on the novel by Chinese writer, describes the story of love and tragedy of two lovers. The scenery and costumes were above all praise, all performers co-star Asian appearance, that too much. Excellent performance, and special effects were used to reinforce the impression of performance. The performance was in English, and it seemed inappropriate, it would be desirable to hear the originals.
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  • Small guided tours lasting roughly 20 minutes that cost just one dollar. The staff are very helpful and informative although they do tend to repeat themselves. It's a beautiful venue and one that I wo...  read more »
  • It just so happened that we were planning on coming here on Monday which coincided with the tours they offer between 10am-2pm on the hour. The tour starts at the Davies Symphony Hall entrance (Grove S...  read more »
  • Watched ballet in here. It was dope! Also ate at the $40 buffet in the basement. It was very very good. This is a huge and very nice place.
  • Beautiful, historic, right next to the library, easily accessible by public transportation. We saw a performance of ballet "Cinderella" and everyone loved it (and I'm not a ballet fan).
  • In 1945, the UN had its first conference here and signed the Charter of the United Nations here! How cool is that. I walked by and they had private tours of this historical location.
  • I love the Memorial Park with the relaxing water feature. A little green oasis right in the city center.
  • I love this opera house. Even the farthest back seats are exceptional! Hint: students get discounts!
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