Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
4.5
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Designed to look like a Greco-Roman ruin, this structure was originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. It's now a prime events venue.
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Neighbourhood: Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighbourhood into a party-going hotspot.
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  • Anna L
    Brantford, Canada174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Pleasant Surprise
    I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed visiting here. It is quieter than Golden Gate, although obviously not as big. But I found it to be so pretty and peaceful. We walked from the Ferry Building area so were glad to have somewhere to rest for a bit. It's a pretty park with a pond and the architecture, while imitation, is still quite impressive. There were quite a few people having their wedding photos taken when we were there. And beware the ducks... they are not afraid of people and won't hesitate to walk right up to you while you sit on the grass near the pond. I'm glad we took the time and came here. It's also in a pretty part of the city.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Alan H
    Whitchurch, United Kingdom246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket list holiday
    The Palace of fine art is a must see if you like nice gardens and odd architecture. My wife and i walk from our Hotel to the park which is around 9 mile around trip. You can hire bike if you don’t fancy the walk.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Paula T
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place!
    Beautiful place!!!!!! Very recommended, the lake and the view is really nice. It’s a great place to see the time pass by and relax by the lake. There were pretty clean public bathrooms. If I had the money I would definitely live in front of the park and the palace.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • E450KCad
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underrated attraction
    Underrated attraction. It is picturesque, larger than expected, not crowded and free. Will not take long (around 30 minutes) to see but worth it. Some seating (benches, wall) is available within the park.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 October 2023
  • FunBoyOne
    London, United Kingdom464 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky site, lovely in the sunshine
    A friend recommended this slightly quirky place and we visited in the morning of our last day in San Francisco and we were very glad we did. It’s on the edge of the bay with a good view of the bridge, located in an upmarket area and it is very well maintained. Lovely garden and lake with herons, turtles etc. Lots of photo opportunities with the lake, bridge and buildings. There was a poor guy spending time composing his photo of the lake with a tripod who kept getting interrupted by the instagrammerati.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Michael K
    San Jose, California1,103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An awe inspiring structure that is a must see attraction in San Francsco
    This is a must see attraction for visitors to San Francisco. The structure is simply awe inspiring. Even though it was built over a century ago, the place is well kept and clean without the grime and bird dropping usually found in historical buildings. Parking is available but may be hard to come by.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Roary
    Vancouver, Canada3,716 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go in the day and night
    I stopped here both during the day and night, and both are worth doing. The structure is impressive and well-kept which makes for lots of great photo opportunities. Best of all, it's free to visit. Parking might be hard during the day, but empty at night.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 December 2023
  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom9,691 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Second Visit to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    To think that this monument could have been demolished, would have been a travesty. The Palace of Fine Theatre is located away from the city centre near the San Francisco Yacht Club and Marina area of the city. A picturesque area to walk around, which is surrounded by water and some impressive houses. It's free to enter and is illuminated at night.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Nico Samneil Sy Salado
    Newport, Vermont1,898 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesmerizing
    A really relaxing place. Feels like you are in greece or somewhere European! The redwoods are pretty amazing as well. No entrance fee. Parking has a minimal amount to pay. See images and videos for further information.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 May 2024
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ElvisAndrus
Arlington, TX924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We saw Madeleine Peyroux who was opened up by Fantastic Negreto. I loved the venue, great acoustics. Wider and less deep than many, maybe look for a seat closer to the middle.
Written 23 May 2024
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Newport, VT1,898 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A really relaxing place. Feels like you are in greece or somewhere European! The redwoods are pretty amazing as well. No entrance fee. Parking has a minimal amount to pay. See images and videos for further information.
Written 4 May 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The place is pretty making its pictures perfect, particularly in the middle of it among the palace's artistic structure. It is free of charge and it is close to the Golden Gate.
Written 25 March 2024
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Johnny Novo
New York City, NY344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I hoofed it here from my hotel in SoMa, having really no idea what this place was and to be quite honest after doing a bunch of research I still don't really know ahahaha.

I know it was built for the world fair in 1915 to exhibit works of art, but that being the only purpose had me skeptical. Like there is no real purpose or meaning to this thing and people talk about it like it's the Statue of Liberty or somethin. I don't know, I guess I like to be fake deep sometimes.

I came locked and loaded, fully ready to hate on it but immediately understood when I arrived. The Palace appears out of nowhere and blindsides you with its beauty. The only comparison I can make is when you see one of those people in real life that has an ineffable natural beauty and aura and you get those little unexplainable butterflies flying around in your stomach. You can't help but appreciate it, you can't help but smile.

I took my airpods out and snapped the case closed, pausing my Lofi-Sunday playlist as I just wanted to be fully present in the moment. Take in the energy, breathe in the air. As sad as it is to say, this is how I know I have a deep reverence for a place ahahaha.

My boy, Bernard Maybeck SNAPPED on this, as he was trying to evoke a decaying ruin of ancient Rome and he captured that exact feeling. Architects need to get more shine. How do you even do that?!?! Especially in 1915 with no internet and likely limited resources. Bernard has all my respect ahaha.

I've said it before, and I'll likely say it again: Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see.

WE SEE YOU BERNARD!

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Written 24 January 2024
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK9,691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
To think that this monument could have been demolished, would have been a travesty. The Palace of Fine Theatre is located away from the city centre near the San Francisco Yacht Club and Marina area of the city.
A picturesque area to walk around, which is surrounded by water and some impressive houses. It's free to enter and is illuminated at night.
Written 21 January 2024
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bcheong
Shanghai, China45,905 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Can’t believe this was meant to be a temporary structure for World’s Fair about 100 years ago. Really pretty structure and nice for photos
Written 25 December 2023
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Roary
Vancouver, Canada3,716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I stopped here both during the day and night, and both are worth doing. The structure is impressive and well-kept which makes for lots of great photo opportunities. Best of all, it's free to visit. Parking might be hard during the day, but empty at night.
Written 10 December 2023
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Michael K
San Jose, CA1,103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a must see attraction for visitors to San Francisco. The structure is simply awe inspiring. Even though it was built over a century ago, the place is well kept and clean without the grime and bird dropping usually found in historical buildings. Parking is available but may be hard to come by.
Written 27 November 2023
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,620 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We parked nearby, had a look at the Golden Gate Bridge and walked here. Great photo spots and well worth a visit.
Written 13 November 2023
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FunBoyOne
London, UK464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A friend recommended this slightly quirky place and we visited in the morning of our last day in San Francisco and we were very glad we did. It’s on the edge of the bay with a good view of the bridge, located in an upmarket area and it is very well maintained. Lovely garden and lake with herons, turtles etc. Lots of photo opportunities with the lake, bridge and buildings. There was a poor guy spending time composing his photo of the lake with a tripod who kept getting interrupted by the instagrammerati.
Written 2 November 2023
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