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War Memorial Opera House

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 3146-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, sit-down dinners and celebrations. 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.

For specific information about rental availability and fees, please contact Stephanie Smith, Booking Administrator, or see the War Memorial Opera House Brochure.

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