War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

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The War Memorial Opera House is an opera house in San Francisco, California, located on the western side of Van Ness Avenue across from the west side/rear facade of the San Francisco 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.

It was the site of the San Francisco Conference, the first assembly of the newly organized United Nations in April 1945.

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  • When it reopens after the pandemic, come to this classic theater for the ballet or the opera. The sound and viewpoints are just fine, seats comfortable, but the air can be stale.  more »
  • We attended Shen Yun and had dinner downstairs. Although the performance did not meet my expectations, I enjoyed the theater and dinner very much.  more »
  • Pre-opera lectures are nice. Nice venue. Shows vary. Nice old school building makes it feel like an event. Some folks get super dressed up. Others come as they are. Parking at civic center garage works well. Lots of places for dinner around before or after the show. Seats are old and not very comfy.
  • Really wish the opera was made more available to people like me with less money but a love for the art! Fortunately I'm sure all the proceeds go to paying the stellar musicians and cast that put on these brilliant performances. I was more than happy to pay for my seat! My father is in opera, and I used to see him perform in the Sacramento Opera, there as well, I noticed it is generally for "high society". How can we make fine art more available to the middle and lower class? When do we hold the rich accountable for antiquating and locking these art forms behind golden doors? Hopefully the opera remains as gilded and beautifully supported as it is now in the future, but I fear it will forever be an old fantasy for aristocrats. MAKE ALL FINE ARTS SLIDING SCALE!

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