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War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

(4.4/5 based on 70 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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  • This is where the San Francisco ballet perform each winter through spring, and it's a lovely place to enjoy a ballet. For ballet, try for the box seats. Side ones are restricted view but a good deal. ...  more »
  • My mom, sister and myself took my young daughter to San Francisco in December to see the Nutcracker ballet. She is 6 years old and absolutely loved it. She was literally on the edge of her seat and cl...  more »
  • I read all the bad reviews of the Opera but it was my first time ever and I loved it! This review is about the Opera house and not MB! My sis and I went to the city just for my birthday and to see the...  more »
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  • Great foyer and views from the terrace, but otherwise uncomfortable seats and subpar view of the stage in any section that doesn't require expensive tickets. Certainly a far cry from neighboring Davies Symphony Hall, this historical building suffers from an outdated layout. Acoustics is fine, but not ideal.
  • 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.
  • You can go 2 hours before the show to enjoy the restaurant at the basement.
  • I love this opera house. Even the farthest back seats are exceptional! Hint: students get discounts!
  • 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).