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.