Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

3301 Lyon Street,
San Francisco, CA 94123

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Functions: Concerts, Live Performances, Playhouse

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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

The Palace of Fine Arts opened in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre opened in 1970. The theatre screened the World Premiere of “A View to a Kill” starring Roger Moore, on May 22, 1985. The Palace of Fine Arts has been heritage listed. The Palace of Fine Arts is now used as an art gallery, for weddings and trade fairs. The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is used for live performances and plays and musicals.

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robboehm on November 24, 2020 at 5:55 pm

Saw a live nude production of Orpheus in the Underworld here decades ago. Venue was chilly. Felt sorry for the performers.

m00se1111 on October 25, 2023 at 5:07 pm

This will be the host venue for the 27th San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Announced dates are April 10-14, 2024 (which gives those traveling a few days before TCMFF 24 if they choose)

A bit more biography information…

This beautiful Beaux Art structure was originally built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. After the world’s fair closed in December, 1915, most of its buildings were demolished but the cherished Bernard Maybeck-designed Palace was preserved. Meant only to last for the duration of the fair, the Palace was completely reconstructed with more stable materials in the late 1960s. And in 1970, the 960-seat Palace of Fine Arts Theatre became part of the complex. We look forward to presenting our live-cinema event in this incredible setting!

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