The Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco is one of the largest theaters in SF. Every year, you will find several large Broadway hits on stage. Performances run most of the year.
You will find the Golden Gate in the Theater District of SF near Union Square, the Tenderloin, and Market Street. You can easily access it from anywhere in the Bay Area by public transportation or car.
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Click the links below for ticketing information for each of these Golden Gate Theater San Francisco shows.
2/12 - 2/16: The Spongebob Musical
4/16-5/12: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
5/28 - 6/9: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
6/14 - 6/23: Rent 20th Anniversary Tour
8/13 - 8/18: The Play That Goes Wrong
12/3 - 12/29: Summer, The Donna Summer Musical
2/20 - 3/22: The Last Ship
3/31 - 4/26: The Book of Mormon
5/26 - 6/21: The Band's Visit
6/20 - 8/2: Mean Girls
8/5 - 8/30: My Fair Lady
In addition to the tickets above, you might also be able to find some tickets to these shows at a discount.
One of the best places to look for discounted tickets is on Goldstar. They offer a variety of tickets at up to 50% off to shows at the Golden Gate Theater San Francisco and other theaters all around town.
In addition to the Golden Gate Theater, San Francisco has dozens more theater venues, ranging from very large to intimate and alternative. At these SF theaters, you'll find shows all year long with a great variety of genres. Enjoy both well known and original dramas, comedies, musicals, and experimental plays from different theater companies. Follow the link to find out about all of the upcoming shows in San Francisco, including schedule and ticketing information.
The Golden Gate Theater San Francisco is located at 1 Taylor Street. It's close to Union Square and easy to get to from Fisherman's Wharf.
If you plan to drive, you will find plenty of places to park nearby. The bad news is that parking is very expensive in this area, so make sure to factor this in when you drive to a show. All four of these options are just a few blocks from the theater.
Since the Golden Gate Theater San Francisco is right near Market Street, you will find plenty of public transit options. These are some of the best.
Buses: 6, 7, 9, 21
Light Rail - Powell Station: J, K/T, L, M, N
BART: Exit at the Powell Station and head west on Market Street. The theater is about two blocks away.
The best way to get from Fisherman's Wharf to the Golden Gate Theater San Francisco is by cable car or the F streetcar.
Both the Hyde/Powell and the Mason/Powell cable cars stop at Powell Street. This is the last stop on the route and the closest one to the theater. Once you get off the cable car, simply walk to Market Street and head west two blocks.
The F streetcar will get you even closer. Get off at the Market and Taylor stop. You will be right across the street from the Golden Gate.
Here are some of the best hotels within a few blocks of the theater.
Here are a few places nearby where I often stop to grab dinner and/or a drink before the show.
The theater atmosphere in San Francisco is usually more on the casual side, but going out for dinner and a play is a great excuse to get a little dressed up and enjoy the city's night life. You'll find guests dressed in everything from jeans and business-casual to semi-formal attire.
If you're going to attend a play at the Golden Gate, which is one of the larger, more ornate theaters, you'll want to dress a notch up from what you might normally wear while sightseeing during the day.
The Golden Gate Theater originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1922, then became a concert venue for famous artists including Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, and later served as a movie theater. During its evolution, much of the beautiful interior was torn down in favor of a more modern appearance.
But in the late 1970s, the theater was restored to its Art Deco glory and opened as a performing arts venue by SHN, a major theater production company in SF led by successful Broadway producers. Over the years, SHN has brought to the Golden Gate several musical hits fresh from Broadway, such as Jersey Boys and Avenue Q, as well as pre-Broadway premieres, including Wicked and Mamma Mia!.
San Francisco Theater District: Are you looking for some additional tips to attend a show at the Golden Gate Theater San Francisco or other local theaters? Click here for an overview of this district, a list of upcoming shows, and other tips to visit.
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SF Opera: If you love performing arts, then head over to the War Memorial Opera House to see a performance by the SF Opera. They offer two seasons a year, one in the fall and early winter, and another in the summer. Click here for a schedule of this year's shows.
Shows in SF: Are you looking for a full list of shows in SF? On this page, you will find additional shows from theater to magic. Click here for details.