The Orpheum Theatre consistently debuts performances by national touring companies of successful Broadway shows.
Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Rent and The Lion King have all made San Francisco's flagship Orpheum Theatre their home.
1192 Market Street San Francisco
Theater of San
The reparatory that resulted has debuted works by Eric Bogosian and David Mamet, while constantly exploring the classic plays of Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee and Arthur Miller.
533 Sutter Street San Francisco
American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is San Francisco's flagship theater and boasts a national reputation. Going to the newly restored, post-earthquake Geary Theater between Taylor and Mason is a grand affair and can easily be a dress-up occasion on a Friday or Saturday night.
415 Geary Street San Francisco
The Buriel Clay Theater is perhaps best know for its long-running productions of Viva Variety, a cabaret-like comic ensemble piece that reinvents itself each year. Like San Francisco itself, the Buriel Clay is a mix of the eclectic, the queer and the downright hilarious.
762 Fulton Street San Francisco
The Curran Theater has a long history of staging successful runs of Broadway powerhouse touring companies. Perhaps the best stage outside of New York to catch chart-toppers like Phantom of the Opera and highly acclaimed experimental works.
445 Geary Street San Francisco
Recently revived and refurbished, the Eureka Theater concentrates on drama and discovery. With the renovation finally complete, the theater crowd has ecstatically embraced it again.
215 Jackson Street San Francisco
The experimental EXIT Theater in San Francisco has a bohemian flare, often serving as a launching board for successful, larger productions. Unlike many San Francisco theaters, the EXIT is neither stuffy nor staid.
156 Eddy Street San Francisco
Performances at the Herbst Theater, located within walking distance of San Francisco City Hall, the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Symphony, have some stiff competition. Undaunted, the theater lures first-class classical musicians in search of a more personal performance space.
401 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco CA 94115
for the Arts
A crossroads for San Francisco's performance art and one of the oldest alternative art spaces in San Francisco, Intersection for the Arts is a community-based showcase for new and experimental works of literature, music, theater and more.
446 Valencia San Francisco CA 94103
Magic Theater, around for nearly three decades, is dedicated to new plays and got its reputation from producing Sam Shepard's premieres, namely True West, Fool for Love and Buried Child.
The Magic has two
theaters: North is
a proscenium, South is a Thrust.
Fort Mason Center
Building D, Third Floor San Francisco
Few San Francisco theater venues have as rich a history as the Marines Memorial Theater in downtown San Francisco.
As the sometime home for the renowned Actors Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), the Marines Memorial Theater has housed cutting-edge productions, including the debut of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.
Imogene Coca, Sir Ian McKellen, Charlene Tilton, David McCallum and Cyd Charisse have all graced the stage, as have the most reputable preparatory companies in the San Francisco Bay area.
609 Sutter Street 2nd Floor
A small San Francisco theater near the San Francisco Opera and boasting
a company that turns out first-rate productions.
25 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco
A new San Francisco theater just South of Market (SOMA). Off-Market's two spaces are ideal for smaller casts, improv acts, stand-up comedy and acoustic music groups.
965 Mission Street, #205 & 250
Fine Arts Theater
The 1000-seat Palace of Fine Arts Theater lends itself to larger than life performing art pieces with a greater touch of accessibility than some of the more obscure San Francisco theater venues.
From children's musicals to jazz exhibitions and film retrospectives, one never knows what's going on behind the buildings gorgeous French facade; one just knows it'll be worth stopping in.
3301 Lyon Street San Francisco
Refurbished as a playhouse for the whimsically avant-garde, the Post Street Theater was originally built as as lodge and meeting hall for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Now a 729-seat theater, the Post Street Theater of San Francisco (PSTOSF) has premiered hit after hit, including Steve Martin's Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Forever Tango, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour and Lily Tomlin's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.
450 Post Street San Francisco
Theater Rhinoceros is the West Coast's premiere gay and lesbian theater, artistic director, John Fisher, is bringing plays that address life in San Francisco and the whole spectrum of sexual orientation instead of just breaking sexuality down into men's and women's categories.
1360 Mission Street, #200
Like the inter-cultural Center which houses the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts Theater, the nine-year-old newbie space in the Metreon complex is dedicated to bringing the best in the performing arts to the Bay Area.
While its wide array productions makes it difficult to pigeon hole, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater boasts a terrific history of modern dancers and neo-classical musicians.
700 Howard Street San Francisco