Built in 1926, this historic and intimate venue (seating 650) has since its opening been a centerpiece in San Francisco’s theater scene. Quite literally, in fact; it is located in the heart of the theater district, between Union Square and Nob Hill.
In the early years the Marines’ was the location of radio broadcast featuring noted entertainers such as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. In later decades it became the home of the noted Actor’s Workshop, which received the first Off-Broadway Equity contract outside of New York. Soon after, the Marines’ served as the first San Francisco home of the American Conservatory Theater, which continued to produce plays here until 1982.
Since 1982, an eclectic variety of theater productions have appeared here, as well as performances of music, comedy and dance. Now under the direct management of the Marines’ Memorial Association, the Marines’ Memorial Theater continues to represent the best in what San Francisco theater has to offer.
Marines Memorial Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (steps from buses 2, 3, and 76 at Sutter Street/Mason Street; a short walk from Cable Cars PH and PM at the Powell Street/Sutter Street Station; a 6-minute walk from the California Street bus at Mason Street; and a 7-minute walk from several buses, light rail lines F, J, K, L, M, N, and T, and BART trains at the Powell Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Shows produced include plays, musicals, dance shows, solo pieces, concerts, and comedy performances
- Ticket Prices: Vary based on presentation
- Group Discounts: Group discounts are available for some shows.