Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

This is one fine arts palace.

Though the theater hosts a number of world-class productions each year, the main attraction here is just walking around and reveling in the beaux-arts architectural beauty. With its open-air domed structure and curving colonnades, the Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal, testifying to San Francisco’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake. It serves today as a monument to all artistic endeavors.

Best things to see at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

The Palace of Fine Arts Theater, located directly behind the rotunda, hosts dance and theater performances and film festivals. Built with Roman and Greek influences in mind, pillars and arches wrap around a lake which displays its shimmering reflection. Swans, ducks, turtles, seagulls and fish make this pond home, and birds sing from the surrounding trees. Meander around the lake and through the Palace, taking in its towering aura and tranquil feel. This is a great starting spot if you plan to walk the stunning stretch along the water towards Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre directions and parking

Best way to get to the Palace of Fine Arts Theater

The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is located in North San Francisco near Presidio. It is accessible by car and bike via Palace Dr. which is right off of Marina Blvd., as well as Bay St which is right off of Baker St. Buses #30, #43, #28, and #29 will bring you directly to the theatre.

 
Best parking near Palace of Fine Arts Theater

Parking for the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is available along Palace Dr. as well as across from Presidio Pkwy on Gorgas Ave. and General Kennedy Ave. for a fee.

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre FAQs

How big is the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre?

The Theatre seats 962 people.

 
Are pets allowed?

Pets are allowed as long as they are on leash.

 
Are there public restrooms?

Yes, there are public restrooms at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.