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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

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Address: 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4507
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Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an...

Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an architectural controversy when first built.

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Fabulous concert hall, creative symphony

Saw classic movie "On the Waterfront," with Marlon Brando while the San Fran Symphony played the movie score live. An unusual experience. Also enjoyed the symphony store and... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
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San Mateo, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have just returned from an excellent concert of Mendelsohn's Scottish Symphony + filler pieces. Why do all american theatres and concert halls have to be so cold? - excessive and unnecessary air conditioning and sitting in a cold draft, made an otherwise enjoyable concert an endurance. Increasing the temperature in the hall would make such a difference. I hope this... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in San Francisco especially for a performance at Davies Symphony Hall, so a TripAdvisor report on the hall itself seems appropriate. Frankly, having enjoyed music in quite a few other large concert halls in major cities, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Symphony Hall in Boston, and Disney Hall in Los... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Music lovers complain of the sound issues in this problematic symphony hall. I am not an expert so I have no personal opinion, but I have attended many excellent concerts here. If there is a performance that suits you, go. It's a pleasant experience.

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San Mateo, California
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Saw classic movie "On the Waterfront," with Marlon Brando while the San Fran Symphony played the movie score live. An unusual experience. Also enjoyed the symphony store and walking around Davies. One could fee the energy of the people and the elegance, even though most were dressed casually.

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Thank LH L
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We've been to around 5 concerts / recitals here over the past year and what a joy. Tonight we listened enraptured to Itzak Perlman - a god amongst musicians- in comfortable seats and fantastic acoustics. The ushers are lovely too, and it always feels like everybody is UTTERLY delighted to be there! Perfect air temperature too.

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Oakland, CA
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

I have been to perhaps 10 symphonies at Davies over the years, and always have a splendid experience. I'm not a musician and cannot speak in technical terms, but the SF Symphony and the productions I have attended have always been very good or excellent. The venue is beautiful with the circular, wrap-around walkway, huge ceiling to floor glass windows,... More 

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Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

A wonderful venue for the symphony. We had Loge seats off to the side (section D) and the view was excellent. Parking is really challenging...we prepaid the parking and that was worth it because the lot is right across the street and access is limited to those who prepaid.

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Eureka, California
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The San Francisco Symphony is world-class and musicians who perform here are of the best. I can't say enough about attending any musical performance in this all. The acoustics are extraordinary. Every aspect is perfect.

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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

Great location and a small venue. We enjoyed the concert and thought the sound was excellent. We were in the back but could still see the artist without binoculars.

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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Davies Symphony Hall was a modern theater with comfortable seating and excellent acoustics. We had no problem getting in our out of the theater for the performance. There was ample room between seats to stretch our legs and sit comfortably.

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