Visiting The Theatre District? Brief History, How To Get There, Entertainment Venues And What To Do Before Your Show

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Are you visiting the famous Theatre District in San Francisco? Whether your home hub is the East or South Bay, this guide explores everything you need to know beforehand. 

No trip to San Francisco is complete without exploring the Theatre District. This compact location has a high density of stage theatres in one wonderful location. Popular choices include:

  • Orpheum
  • ACT
  • Golden Gate 
  • Curran

With more than two dozen theatres located in and around this area, you can catch multiple shows.

A History Of The Theatre District

San Francisco

Originally, the San Francisco Theatre District was a small two-block area bordered by Taylor, Sutter, Powell, and Geary Streets. However, today the District covers around 10 blocks. Many of the city’s original theatres opened between 1910 and 1930 as new neighborhoods quickly began to emerge. Each theater has its own unique history. For instance, the Golden Gate Theatre was built in 1920. Over the years, the theatre has been home to people such as The Andrew Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Nat King, and even The Three Stooges.

Transportation Options

The Theatre District is a central location. As such, it’s easy to access regardless of what part of the city you are traveling from. There are busses including the:

5, 7, 8, 9, 30, 45, 91. 

Alternatively, you can also use BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) if you are traveling from the East Bay. You can take BART to Powell Street Station. This is just a couple of blocks southeast of the closest theaters. 

If you are arriving from South Bay, then you can explore Caltrain. However, you will need to ensure that you get a bus once you get to the city to reach the Theatre District. You can take either the 30 or 45 to Market street. 

It’s not recommended that you drive for two reasons. First, parking is expensive, and second, the streets are often incredibly busy. However, if you do decide to drive there is Ace Parking and Turquoise Parking LLC.

Best Places To Dine Before And After The Show

If you are looking for the best place to dine before or after the show, we recommend you try a taste of Italy at Doppio Zero San Francisco. The authentic Italian food on the menu here is guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds. This includes delicious award-winning Neapolitan pizzas as well as homemade pasta and other traditional plates from Southern Italy. The wonderful menu is complimented by an expansive wine selection. Each choice will pair beautifully with the available selection of meals. There is even a robust happy hour menu. This includes classic customer favorites as well as small bites of Italy. You and your companions can sample everything from cocktails to wines, beers, and spritzers, all at a budget-beating discount. This high-rated restaurant is just a stone's throw away from the Theatre District. It’s positioned perfectly to treat yourself before or after the shows. We hope this guide helps you get the most from your excursion to the wonderful San FranciscoTheatre District!

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