Opera House

The beautiful and historic War Memorial Opera House has been our home theater since the 1930s. 

Designed in the magnificent Beaux-Arts style by Arthur Brown Jr., architect of Coit Tower and City Hall, the War Memorial Opera House is one of three landmark buildings, along with the Veteran’s Building and Davies Symphony Hall, which make up the War Memorial Performing Arts Center. After opening its doors to audiences for the first time on October 15, 1932, the exquisite Opera House has been home to San Francisco Ballet since its earliest days. At the time of its construction, the stage complex was the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the United States—and it’s acoustics among the best in the world.

Today, after seismic retrofitting following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Opera House boasts state-of-the-art equipment, a refurbished interior graced with exquisite fixtures and furnishings, several elegant eateries, and refreshment bars located throughout the house.

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301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Directions & Parking

Box Office

The SF Ballet Box Office in the Opera House is open only on performance dates. During Nutcracker, the Box Office is open from 10 am through the intermission of the evening performance. During the Repertory Season, the Box Office opens four hours prior to each performance.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and, of course, cash.

We hope you’ll understand that during the hour prior to curtain, the Box Office will only be able to handle business for the upcoming performance.

Box Office Phone: 415 865 2000

Building Information

Coat and parcel check

Located on the North and South side of the Lobby level (main floor). For the safety and comfort of our audiences, all parcels, backpacks, luggage, etc., must be checked.

Lost & Found

Items may be claimed at the North Lobby coat check during performances or by calling 415 621 6600, 9:00 am–4:00 pm Monday–Friday, except city holidays.

Opera Glasses

Opera Glasses are available for a $5 rental fee at the North Lobby coat check. ID and deposit are required.


Restrooms are located on all levels of the Opera House except on the Orchestra Level (Main Lobby). Courtesy telephones, for local calls only, are located in the Main Lobby directly across from the elevators.

Dining & Concessions

The Opera House operates several elegant eateries and concessions kiosks throughout the Opera House. Come early, relax, and take in the sights and sounds of the San Francisco’s beloved Opera House.

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Taking Kids to the Ballet

Uncertain as to whether your child is ready to enjoy the ballet? We've assembled a list of suggested milestones to look for to know when the time is right. 

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House Policies

To ensure that everyone has a fantastic experience at our performances, we hope you’ll take a moment to familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

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While we continue our work to make tickets available online for patrons attending performances in wheelchairs, please contact Ticket Services at 415.865.2000 to purchase wheelchair seating. Phone lines are open Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. On performance days, the phones are open from 10 am until curtain time. You may also email us at tickets@sfballet.org. Wheelchair seating positions are located in the Orchestra and Dress Circle levels.

Persons with wheelchairs may enter and exit the Opera House through the front doors (Van Ness Avenue), Taxi Ramp (Grove Street) and Carriage Entrance (north side).

Accessible restrooms are located on all floors except the Orchestra and Balcony levels.

Accessible public telephones are on the Orchestra, Mezzanine, Grand Tier and Dress Circle levels. Public telephone with "TDD" is located on the Orchestra level in the northeast corner of the lobby.

Accessible drinking fountains are located on all floors except the Balcony level.

Assistive listening devices are available for patrons with hearing impairment and may be obtained at both the North and South Lobby coat checks. ID deposit is requested. For more information, call Ticket Services at 415 865 2000.