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The Masonic, San Francisco

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The SF Masonic Auditorium (originally the Grand Masonic Auditorium and formerly known as the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium) is a building and auditorium located atop Nob Hill in San Francisco, California. The building was designed by Bay Area architect Albert Roller (1891-1981), and opened in 1958. It serves as the meeting venue for the Masons of California during their Annual Communication, as well as being used as a concert venue the rest of the year (operated by Live Nation). The administrative offices of the Grand Lodge of California are contained in the upper floors, and the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry is located on the mezzanine. The basement contains a five-level public parking garage.


On the main (north) fa├žade, there is a large frieze by Emile Norman bearing the inscription "Dedicated to our Masonic Brethren who died in the cause of freedom", depicting stylized servicemen from each of the four branches of the Armed Services, and a global tug of war representing global struggles. Inside the lobby is a huge mosaic window likewise designed by Emile Norman. The window depicts a variety of natural and Masonic themes. It contains gravel and soil from each of the 58 counties in California.
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  • Great small venue. I would say almost all seats have a decent, some a lot better than others. The show was also great, having been a Joe Jackson fan from way back. Not like the old days when he could....  more »
  • Big shows are held here and we have been to a few. Access is an issue as the climb up the hill is hard on foot and public transit is sketchy. You can park in the Masonic Garage, but there is always....  more »
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  • Great small venue. Very accommodating. Polite helpful staff. Full bars on both levels. Offers a varied line up so you can find a show you'd like to see here. Beautiful inside and out. If you haven't been here to see a Live Nation show, you really need to come. Trust me..... you'll love it!
  • Beautiful concert hall with excellent acoustics. We went to see Sarah Brightman from the box seats. It was quite magical. Even though we were seated on last row, it still felt very close to the stage, since the concert hall isn't actually that big. With the box seats, we got food and drinks service, which was great. The staff was super helpful and made us feel more than welcomed.

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