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War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
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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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  • I didn't go on a tour of the War Memorial Opera House, but I did see a performance of an opera there. The building is stunningly beautiful. WOW! My favorite aspect of the entire lovely edifice was the...  more »
  • 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...  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).