War Memorial Opera House Take a virtual tour

Home of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet, the War Memorial Opera House opened in 1932 with TIME magazine declaring it “…a house made possible by all the people of San Francisco.”

Designed by Arthur Brown, Jr., the prominent American architect who also created San Francisco City Hall, this cultural landmark is one of the last Beaux-Arts structures built in the United States. Today, the stately building is host to a variety of events. In addition to opera and ballet performances, the 3006-seat auditorium is available for special presentations, lectures and concerts.

With its ornate features and 38-foot ceiling, the grand Main Lobby makes an unforgettable setting for elegant cocktail receptions and sit-down dinners. The War Memorial Opera House is one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after and unique venues, offering modern technology and the ambience of Old World theater.

  • Performance Audience: 3006
  • Seated Dinners: 200
  • Standing Receptions: 500, without entertainment or dance floor


301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove Street)

Booking Manager: Davies, Opera House & Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall
Email: rob.levin@sfgov.org
Phone: 415.554.6317

San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 110
San Francisco, CA 94102
Main Phone: 415.621.6600

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