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What you should know about Theater District

From Broadway classics through exciting improv to cutting-edge drama, San Francisco has long been a leading light in the theater scene. Its tightly knit Theater District is wedged between Union Square and the Tenderloin neighborhoods, and packs several classic theater venues—and numerous more intimate spaces—into its 10-block area. With its central location, the Theater District allows you to enjoy the best that San Francisco has to offer, in shopping, culture, and nightlife.

Hotels in San Francisco Theater District


The hotels here can be counted as some of grandest and most impressive in the city. The striking Hotel Nikko, rated for its modern aesthetic and indoor pool, is just one of several luxury hotels in the Theater District. Equally bold is the Parc 55 San Francisco, sitting across the road. It is praised for its great location and fantastic views. For a more stylish stay-over, look out for classic Theater District hotels, many harking back to the 1920s. The Serrano Hotel fits this bill, and is much-praised for its excellent service, while the ACT Geary Theater lies just around the corner.

Things to see in San Francisco Theater District


Unsurprisingly, those coming to the Theater District are drawn by the bright lights of its theaters, where some of the most highly rated companies in the country perform. But it's not just about the performances—many are sights to be seen in themselves. The Alcazar Theater, with its intricately-worked Exotic Revival facade, was once a Shriners temple. The ACT Geary Theater is similarly graceful, its neoclassical front leading in to a wonderfully elegant interior. This theater is considered a historic landmark in San Francisco, having been built just after the 1906 fire and earthquake. The Golden Gate Theatre is another old-time venue, noted for its Art Deco style, and hosting both classic and new musicals. There are also many smaller fringe theaters, often found in old bars and basements. The EXIT Theatre is one of the keys to the alternative theater scene here, having helped found San Francisco's biggest grassroots festival, the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Good for Couples and Theater-lovers


With such a concentration of performances of all kinds—musicals, plays, comedy, and magic—the Theater District is happy to welcome those seeking out the smell of greasepaint. Most of the city's venues, big and small, are within a couple of blocks of accommodation in the Theater District. Combine a show or two with San Francisco's other attractions, and you have a combination perfect for romantic breaks in the city. You could hop onto a Streetcar, and discover art galleries, museums, and opera halls. Or take advantage of the endless opportunities for retail therapy in the district's nearby department stores and boutiques.

How to get to San Francisco Theater District


If San Francisco International Airport is your point of entry, take the Pittsburg/Baypoint line on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Get off at the Powell Street stop. From here, most of the main hotels are a short walk or tax ride away. Travel in the Theater District itself is a breeze, thanks to the numerous public transport options—street car, cable car, and metro. You can, of course, bring a car into San Francisco. But be aware that covered parking is at a premium here. Drive across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge if you're coming from the east, or, if you're coming from north, cross the Golden Gate Bridge on the 101.

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