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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

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Address: 201 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street, San Francisco, CA
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Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an...

Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an architectural controversy when first built.

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Fabulous concert hall, creative symphony

Saw classic movie "On the Waterfront," with Marlon Brando while the San Fran Symphony played the movie score live. An unusual experience. Also enjoyed the symphony store and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 17, 2017
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San Mateo, California
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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Saw classic movie "On the Waterfront," with Marlon Brando while the San Fran Symphony played the movie score live. An unusual experience. Also enjoyed the symphony store and walking around Davies. One could fee the energy of the people and the elegance, even though most were dressed casually.

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

We've been to around 5 concerts / recitals here over the past year and what a joy. Tonight we listened enraptured to Itzak Perlman - a god amongst musicians- in comfortable seats and fantastic acoustics. The ushers are lovely too, and it always feels like everybody is UTTERLY delighted to be there! Perfect air temperature too.

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

I have been to perhaps 10 symphonies at Davies over the years, and always have a splendid experience. I'm not a musician and cannot speak in technical terms, but the SF Symphony and the productions I have attended have always been very good or excellent. The venue is beautiful with the circular, wrap-around walkway, huge ceiling to floor glass windows,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

A wonderful venue for the symphony. We had Loge seats off to the side (section D) and the view was excellent. Parking is really challenging...we prepaid the parking and that was worth it because the lot is right across the street and access is limited to those who prepaid.

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Eureka, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

The San Francisco Symphony is world-class and musicians who perform here are of the best. I can't say enough about attending any musical performance in this all. The acoustics are extraordinary. Every aspect is perfect.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Great location and a small venue. We enjoyed the concert and thought the sound was excellent. We were in the back but could still see the artist without binoculars.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The Davies Symphony Hall was a modern theater with comfortable seating and excellent acoustics. We had no problem getting in our out of the theater for the performance. There was ample room between seats to stretch our legs and sit comfortably.

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

We attended Davis Symphony Hall last night one more time ,the acoustic is awesome there and the staff there is very pleasant ,the bar open before concert available.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

It could use some updating (carpets, upholstery, restrooms) but honestly the Davies Symphony Hall is a-ok by me. The oversized elevators make it fairly accessible for those with motor limitations, but there will almost always be a few steps that must be navigated. Really fair acoustics, which also means literally every candy wrapper and cough will be an irritant to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

Whilst we enjoyed the recent performance we saw, the first thing we said to each other at the end, was that the acoustics were a little strange. There was something not quite right with the blend of music and singing. The venue is dated but the staff were extremely friendly. Not sure I'll be rushing back.

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