The Curran Theater in San Francisco is another lovely historic gem. It's home to incredible, groundbreaking productions such as Dear Evan Hansen, Head Over Heels, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Built in 1922, it is located in the Theater District just a few blocks away from Union Square. It offers three tiers of seating including orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony levels. After a recent renovation, the theater now holds up to 1,600 people for each show.
You will find it at 445 Geary Street.
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You will find three to four big theater productions each year at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. In addition, they also offer other types of performances a few times a year including around Christmas.
Here are dates and times for their upcoming performances.
You have a few options when it comes to tickets for the Curran Theater in San Francisco. They sell their official tickets through Ticketmaster. These are directly from the venue. Find a list of tickets for upcoming performances on Ticketmaster.
If their tickets are sold out or you want better seats, then head over to Ticketliquidator. Here you will find third party tickets. Sometimes these tickets sell for more or less than face value. It's a great place to get some of the better seats or tickets for sold out performances. Visit Ticketliquidator for ticketing information for the Curran.
The Curran Theater in San Francisco is near Union Square in the Theater District. It's easy to get to from any location around the city and a great spot to catch a show.
San Francisco is a casual place, so you can really wear anything from casual to fancy no matter which show you go to here. Most people dress in nice jeans and/or business casual attire. You are welcome to dress a little nicer if you want, but don't feel you need to do that.
I highly recommend heading here on public transit as parking in the area is expensive. However, if you do plan to drive, here are a few places to find parking nearby.
Mason O'Farrell Garage: 325 Mason Street, about a block and a half away from the theater, open 24 hours a day, present your ticket for discounted parking for up to 6 hours
550 O'Farrell Garage: 3 blocks away, show your ticket for a discount for up to 6 hours of parking
Union Square Garage: 333 Post St, open 24 hours and about 2 blocks away
Post & Mason Garage: 520 Mason St, about two blocks away, open 24 hours a day
This is your best option if you plan to head to a show at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. These are the options nearby.
Light Rail: The Powell Street Station is closest to the theater with stops on the following trains: J, K/T, L, M, N, & S
Buses: 6, 9, 21, 27, 31, & 38
F & E Streetcars: The closest stop is at Market & 5th. It's a great option if you are coming over from Fisherman's Wharf. It isn't the fastest option, but you don't have to switch to a second bus halfway through which makes it the easiest option.
BART: The closest stop is at the Powell Street Station.
You will find several hotels within a few blocks from the Curran Theater in San Francisco. Here are my top picks.
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel: 495 Geary Street, right next door to the Curran is The Clift Hotel. This 4-star gem offers luxury with modern touches. The Redwood Room is their bar on the main level and one of my favorites in SF. Check for availability and room rates on Booking.com.
Hotel Spero: 405 Taylor Street, located just a block and a half away. This 4-star hotel is another great pick. It offers modern comfort in a Spanish Colonial building from 1923. For those looking to grab a bite to eat, or a delicious drink, Jaspers is on the main level. Check Booking.com for availability.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square: 333 O'Farrell Street, located about 2 blocks away. With 1,919 guest rooms, it's the largest hotel on the West Coast. They make you feel right at home with their wonderful customer service and modern amenities. Find out more and check for room availability on Booking.com.
You will also find some other great recommendations nearby on my Union Square hotel recommendations page.
You will find dozens of places to grab a meal before the show near the Curran Theater in San Francisco. Here are a just a few of my favorites.
Chabaa: Thai cuisine at 420 Geary St
Johnny Foley's Irish House: 243 O'Farrell St, Irish bar and restaurant
Pinecrest Diner: 401 Geary St, Old school diner that is open 24 hours a day
The Oak Room Restaurant: 335 Powell Street, American cuisine inside The Westin St. Francis Hotel
Homer Curran was a local theater producer that built the Curran Theater in San Francisco in 1922. Over the years, it's housed numerous theater companies. It was even home to an annual spring SF Opera performance every year for several years.
In 1977, the two owners, Carole Shorenstein Hays and James M. Nederlander, started a Best of Broadway series at the theater. It was home to many West Coast Broadway premieres including Annie. They ran this theater as well as the Orpheum and the Golden Gate for years under the name SHN.
Wicked's World Premier was at the Curran Theater in San Francisco in 2003. Instead of opening on Broadway, this award-winning show opened in SF with a cast that included Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, and Joel Grey as the Wizard.
In 2014, Carole Shorenstein Hays took over as the full owner of the Curran and neither are now affiliated with SHN. It closed in 2015 for renovations and reopened for business in 2017 with the production of the musical Fun Home.
Today, you will find a handful of Broadway shows each year as well as other lively entertainment.
Theater District: This district is home to more than a half dozen theaters including the Curran Theater in San Francisco. Find out more about this district including where to stay, eat and transit options.
Orpheum Theater: The largest theater in San Francisco that offers Broadway shows all year long is the Orpheum. Built in 1926, it's another historic landmark offers hundreds of performances on stage each year. Find a schedule of upcoming shows as well as tips to attend a performance at the Orpheum.
Golden Gate Theater: The other theater in SF that features Broadway shows is the Golden Gate Theater. This one opened in 1922 and was also recently renovated. It's a great place to catch a show while you are in SF. Find out more including a schedule of upcoming Broadway shows.