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San Francisco Theaters: It's Showtime!

San Francisco Theaters: It's Showtime!

An important part of San Francisco 's cultural world is its vibrant theater scene, and most of the major houses can be found in and around the Union Square district. One of the best, the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), recently had its colorful 1909 façade restored to its original luster. A few steps away is the Curran. Both showcase numerous traveling Broadway plays. Built in 1920, the Golden Gate Theatre began life as a vaudeville and movie house, mirroring New York's Radio City Music Hall. Restored in 1979, it now presents popular Broadway shows such as "Rent" and "Chicago."


Other worthwhile venues in Union Square, and beyond, include the Orpheum; the Lorraine Hansberry, featuring productions by African-American playwrights; and the Magic Theatre at Fort Mason, known for premiering world-renowned playwright Sam Shepard's plays. For more unusual fare, try the avant-garde Post Street Theatre, Theatre Artaud, or Theatre Rhinoceros.


Bargain hunters with flexible schedules can get great deals at TIX Bay Area, a theater outlet in Union Square that sells half-price tickets for same-day performances at many of the larger and smaller houses.

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