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Address: 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 864 3330
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Description: This beautiful beaux arts structure is home to the San Francisco Opera.
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A magnificent temple of the arts

This magnificent structure was built in the early 1930's, and was the final contribution to the Civic Center of San Francisco of buildings designed in the Beaux Arts style. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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Ventura, California

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This magnificent structure was built in the early 1930's, and was the final contribution to the Civic Center of San Francisco of buildings designed in the Beaux Arts style. It was dedicated to those who gave their lives in World War l, and was the first opera house in the country that was built with municipal funding. The City went... More 

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Danville, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

If I was reviewing this production and If I was the man sitting in the chair I would fall down and bomb my little head saying stupid, stupid, stupid. For the price we paid for this performance and redundant dance routines not to mention the two who announced each scene, made it look like a grade school PLAY.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I recently attended a matinee performance of "La Boheme" at the War Memorial Opera House. It is a spectacularly beautiful venue, especially for opera. Following the performance, there was an excellent lecture at Books Incorporated, a bookstore within a block or two of the house. Afterwards we took the cable car from Union Square to Columbus Avenue, which was fun.... More 

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Concord, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Gorgeous building inside and out. Tile floors and walls all around. Boxes are absolutely the best way to see a performance.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Great venue, comfortable seats with enough leg room, good acoustics. Tosca was a great opera, saw it in Barcelona--they had a bigger budget inSF and it showed. The voices were equally beautiful, sets were lusher, costumes lovely. Orchestra was great.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We have enjoyed going to several shows at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. The building is architecturally beautiful and was first opened in 1932 It is close to San Francisco City Hall. Seating is good with good view of the show. Some of the shows we have seen including the annual Shen Yen Performing Arts. We have... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Such a beautiful venue. Susannah was a great performance, but I think some of the audience was a little shocked.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to this lovely building, as previous revues have commented, it is worth arriving in plenty of time of your production to be able to enjoy looking round the building, personally we found the pre show drinks were very expensive and if we were to return we would not purchase from there again. None the less an... More 

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Patina_Group, General Manager at War Memorial Opera House, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the performance at the Opera House! We apologize that you found your pre-performance beverages expensive. We are in the process of revamping our wine and cocktail menus to better meet the standards of this beautiful venue. Please come back and visit us again, I'd be happy to point you... More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I have just read reviews from people who complain about the SF Opera House having tiny seats. This is true -- but I have to assume that they have never been to opera, or at least that they have never been to any of the major European opera houses? I have attended the San Francisco Opera many times before and... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

My wife & I went here for Shen Yun 2014. It is a very historic & elegant facility. You can spend at least 30 minutes just looking at its art & architecture. Parking is plentiful in lots nearby. As with most such venues, food & drink is expensive & limited. Bathrooms are a short walk down the stairs.

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Address: 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 864 3330
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Center

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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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