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The Herbst Theatre, located in the center of the War Memorial Veterans Building, is a vital and active performance venue for numerous organizations presenting a wide range of artistic, cultural and entertainment programming. Originally designed as the Veterans Auditorium, the theatre was refurbished and renamed Herbst Theatre in 1977. It was on this stage that the United Nations Charter was signed on June 26, 1945, making the Herbst Theatre of singular and international historic importance.

Entrance to the Herbst Theatre is through a stately foyer off of the Veterans Building main lobby. Once inside the auditorium, patrons encounter eight large, brilliantly-colored beaux-arts murals (created by Frank Brangwyn for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition) and five chandeliers hanging from a luxurious blue and gold-leaf ceiling. The Herbst Theatre provides a refreshingly intimate atmosphere for classical music performances, recitals, dramatic presentations, dance, lectures, films and other activities.

For specific information about rental availability and fees for the Herbst Theatre, please contact Stephanie Smith, Booking Administrator at stephanie.smith@sfgov.org or 415-554-6315.

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Permitted Uses Performance, Audition, Photo Shoot, Audio Recording, Reading, Video/Film Shoot
Disciplines Dance, Music, Theatre
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How To Book

Contact us to check availability of your desired date(s). Availability is limited, so be prepared with alternate dates and a clear sense of your event and its timeline. If your desired date(s) appear open and your performance or event is compatible with the venue, you may place a soft hold while we confirm availability.

If another party has a tentative hold on your desired date, you may challenge their hold by submitting a completed application and a check for the full rental fee. The challenged party will then have two working days to pay the rental fee or release the challenged date. Only one tentative hold can be challenged at a time. If your challenge is successful, the rental deposit is not refundable.

Once your date is confirmed, submit a completed application together with the rental deposit (one half of the Minimum Rent) for approval by the War Memorial Board of Trustees (WMBT).

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Booking Requirements Full payment, On site meeting, Proof of liability insurance required
Rental Personnel Security
Performance Personnel Union staff
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Space Dimensions 1617.0 sqft
Space Features Grid, Wings/backstage space, Fly space/theatrical rigging, Stage curtains
Technology -
Flooring Wood
Stage Configuration Proscenium, Orchestra may be lifted for Thrust configuration
Stage Dimensions 34 ft x 33 ft
Seating capacity 892
Seating Multi level

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Lighting Lighting instruments
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Amenities Dressing rooms, Green room, Private restroom
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Audio Equipment Sound system
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Virtual Tour Click here to view a virtual tour of the space.
Parking Paid garage/lot parking
Accessibility ADA or AODA compliant
Audience Services Restrooms
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This space was last updated on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 1:47PM