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General Information

The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center covers seven and one-half acres in San Francisco’s Civic Center Historic District. The Center is comprised of the War Memorial Opera House, the War Memorial Veterans Building (including the Herbst Theatre and Green Room), Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, Harold L. Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall and the Memorial Court.

War Memorial Opera House StageOpera, symphony, modern and classical dance, theatre, recitals, plays, lectures, meetings, receptions, special screenings and gala events all have a place at the Center. Each of the Center's facilities is unique and has special characteristics which enhance every event.

The War Memorial Opera House, built in 1932, is the 3,146-seat home of the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. The War Memorial Veterans Building was also completed in 1932, along with the Memorial Court which separates it from the Opera House. Together, the Opera House, Veterans Building and Memorial Court comprise the original War Memorial of San Francisco, built to honor the men and women of San Francisco who served during the First World War. The Veterans Building houses the 916-seat, proscenium stage Herbst Theatre, and the Green Room, a classically styled, 3,100 sq. ft. reception hall. Offices and meeting rooms for San Francisco Posts of the American Legion and other veteran organizations are also located in the Veterans Building along with administrative offices of the War Memorial, the Museum of Performance & Design and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall opened in 1980. This 2,741-seat auditorium is the home of the San Francisco Symphony. Located next to Davies Symphony Hall is the Harold L. Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall, with three large rehearsal facilities.Davies Symphony Hall stairs

The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center provides technical and general support to assist producers in the presentation of their events. For specific information about rental availability and fees, please contact the Center.

The War Memorial is a department of the City and County of San Francisco and is responsible for the administration, operation and maintenance of the War Memorial buildings and grounds. Policy and oversight responsibilities rest with the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial.

Tours of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center are scheduled every Monday, except holidays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the hour. All tours leave from the Grove Street entrance of Davies Symphony Hall and cost $7.00 or $5.00 for students/seniors. Group tour reservations should be made two weeks in advance. For further information, contact Performing Arts Center Tours at (415) 552-8338.

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