This complex includes three famed San Francisco venues that form the cornerstone of the city’s performing arts scene: Davies Symphony Hall, the Opera House and Herbst Theater. The War Memorial Opera House, completed in 1932, is one of the last examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the United States. Both the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet perform in this space in alternating seasons. Next door, Davies Symphony Hall is home to the world renowned San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
It may not be New York or Los Angeles but San Francisco can hold its own when it comes to the best performing arts centers and theaters in the United States. Whether you’re looking for a Broadway smash, an innovative play or the refinement of the ballet, this city’s got you covered when it comes to cultural institutions and artsy things to do. After the show, check out the best art galleries and museums in San Francisco to round out your cultural experience.