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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street, San Francisco, CA (Civic Center)
415 864 6000
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Ranked #90 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Theaters
Description: Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an architectural controversy when first built.
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a gorgeous symphony hall in San Francisco; it also has some of the mos comfortable seating for a symphony hall with good views from all seats. Acoustics are such that it is perfect for the symphony and other music events (for example, we saw an excellent large mariachi group here once). If in San Francisco and interested in... More

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Charlotte Amalie, null, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

i have never been in a box seat with so much room. they seat 4 or 5 and the chairs can be moved so everyone has a great view and plenty of leg room. saw Ben Folds who really has an uncanny knack of getting the audience involved - a super time.

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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Just there this past Thursday. Bach - what a treat. Superior sound - great symphony hall. If you can - sit in the side boxes. Lunch at Max's Opera just up Van Ness.

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Penang
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

What a lovely venue, slightly spoiled by the rather depressing War Requiem by Benjamin Britten. One or two things could be improved. You have to have your ticket in order to purchase a drink or sandwich, so you can't meet somebody in the bar/cafe and then go into the theatre. Seats are reasonably comfortable and the acoustics were good overall.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I was able to go to this beautiful theatre to see Tony Bennett. The interior is beautiful. The sound was wonderful. Had a seat close to the front and was able to see Tony, his daughter Antonia and the band very well. Comfortable seats too! Definitely a place to see a concert.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

This is the home of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and a world class concert hall. Yes, the area around the hall is a bit sketchy (and across from City Hall and the Opera House) but is improving. Some very fine restaurants close by for pre-concert dining as well. The acoustics have improved over the years and the seating is... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

This is a lovely performing arts center. Very elegant. I'm glad I bought a new dress for the event. Seating is so comfortable. The lighting and acoustics are excellent!!

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Ventura, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Horrible location with hobos EVERYWHERE. Not safe ... will never go back again. I would suggest going anywhere else other than this disgusting location ;-(

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Manchester, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a beautiful piece of modern architecture in the City Hall area of SF. Inside the concert hall is a lovely space, again very modern, a bit reminiscent of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, England. Some people have mentioned problems with the acoustics, but we didn't find this at all - in fact, they were amazing at the concert... More

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Oakland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Davies Hall is the home of the San Francisco Symphony, which is among the world's greats, but it also hosts great visiting orchestras. Long ago I heard the Chicago there, under the baton of George Solti performing a new composition full of horns. It was great. It warms my heart 20 years later!

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