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Panorama showing the front of the San Francisco Opera building, which stands opposite the San Francisco City Hall. The picture taken from the meridian divide on Van Ness Street, far enough back to be able to show the whole of the Opera building facade. As a result, the image also shows the view along Van Ness Street and other buildings in the Civic Center.


Opera House - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Opera House' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.

War Memorial Opera House is part of San Francisco's War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, located on Van Ness Avenue near the Symphony Hall, the PUC HQ and the War Veterans Building.

Home to the San Francisco Opera company, this building seats 3146 patrons and has standing room for 200 more. The San Francisco Symphony also performed most of their concerts here from opening day in 1932 until 1980 when they moved to their own Davies Symphony Hall building nearby. In 1927, $4million dollars of municipal funds went to begin the design and inception of this public building which was designed by the same team responsible for the elegant and ornate City Hall, also in the Beaux-Arts period but adopting the Roman Doric style with sombre colonnades and archways as a mark of solemnity fitting for a building named in remembrance of war veterans. Although the exterior is quite sober in design, the interior is lavish and festive. The grand entrance hall has a high, vaulted ceiling and the theatre interior has a huge glass an aluminum chandelier and gilded sculptures. Further renovations began shortly after the 1989 earthquake for damage repair and general enhancements. The building is open regularly for advertised performances throughout the year.


San Francisco Opera
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102,


Light Rail: Civic Center BART (J, K, L, M, N, S), Market St & Larkin St (F)
Metro: Civic Centre BART (Yellow, Green, Red and Blue lines)
Bus: Most buses pas stops near to the Opera, the 42, 47, 49 and 19F pass down Van Ness Street.

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