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The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it is the only one still situated on its original site. It was rebuilt in 1965, and renovation of the lagoon, walkways, and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009.

In addition to hosting art exhibitions, it remains a popular attraction for tourists and locals, and is a favorite location for weddings and wedding party photographs for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and such an icon that a miniature replica of it was built in Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim.

Space Usage EditEdit Space Usage

Permitted Uses Video/Film Shoot, Rehearsal, Performance, Class, Audition, Photo Shoot, Special Event, Audio Recording, Reading, Meeting
Disciplines Dance, Music, Theatre
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Booking Policies EditEdit Booking Policies

How To Book


Hours Of Operation -
Rental Policy You're required to use Palace of Fine Arts union stage technicians to set up and operate lighting, sound and staging for your show, as well as ticket takers and door guards. Staffing the box office is the responsibility of the producer. Our house manager is included in the basic rental rate. You're also required to provide a certificate of insurance or purchase through the Palace. Full rate breakdown: Reception of 1-100 or Conference w/3-10 display areas: $175 nonprofit; $250 for-profit Reception of 100-400 or Conference w/11-20 display areas: $250 nonprofit; $500 for-profit Reception of 400-1000 or Conference w/20+ display areas: $500 nonprofit; $750 for-profit
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Open to last minute space requests. -
Booking Requirements Deposit, Full payment, References, On site meeting, Proof of liability insurance required
Rental Personnel On site manager, Call for addtl rental personnel, Rates include some or all personnel, Rates include some or all equipment
Performance Personnel Stage hands, Sound technician, Light technician, Technical director, Ushers, Call for addtl performance personnel
Payment Types Cash, Check
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Other Allowed Activities Percussive footwear, Street shoes, Live percussion, Amplified music, Alcohol permitted

Features EditEdit Features

Space Dimensions -
Space Features Column-free, Heated, Mirrors, Wings/backstage space, Acoustic panels
Technology -
Flooring Sprung wood
Stage Configuration -
Stage Dimensions -
Seating capacity 962
Seating -

Equipment EditEdit Equipment

Lighting Fluorescent, Incandescent, Natural lighting/windows, Light board, Lighting instruments
Furniture Chairs, Podium, Risers, Tables
Amenities Dressing rooms, Shower, Secure storage, Green room, Private restroom, Telephone in space
Instruments and Accessories Performance piano
Audio Equipment Sound system, Sound booth, PA system, Microphone, MP3/auxiliary input, Sound System Equipment List: FOH Console: Avid VENUE SC48 digital console - 48 analog mic/line XLR inputs, 32 analog line outputs - 16 Aux Sends, 8 Groups, plus 8 mono matrixes (linkable as up to 4 stereo matrixes) - Choice of Left-Right plus Mono or Left-Center-Right Mains bus configuration - 26 touch-sensitive, motorized faders: 16 input, 8 output master, 1 Flex Channel, and 1 Mains - 16 assignable, push-switch rotary encoders with multi-segment LED rings enable immediate access to key parameters Monitor Console: Yamaha M7CL - 48 - 48 channel digital console Playback: (1) Numark CDN-88 Dual Professional CD Player (1) Tascam CD-RW900SL Compact Disc Recorder (1) Sony MDS-JE510 Mini Disc Player/Recorder (1) Yamaha K-903 Dual Cassette Deck/Recorder Main Speakers: (18) Meyer Sound M’elodie Ultracompact High Power Curvilinear Array Loudspeakers - flown (9) cabinets per side (4) Meyer Sound M1D Ultracompact Curvilinear Array Loudspeakers - all 4 speakers placed along the front of the stage and used as front fill (4) Meyer Sound 600HP High Powered Subwoofers (1) Meyer Sound Galileo – Loudspeaker Management System Sound System is controlled by a PC based desktop located at the FOH sound position and wireless via PC based laptop for remote tuning. Monitor Speakers: (6) Meyer Sound MJF 212 Powered Monitors (2) Meyer Sound MTS-4 Powered Speakers McCune SM-5 System (incl. 5 Hafler 200 amplifiers) (4) Cabinets hung as side fill Microphones: Wireless Mics: (4) channels of Shure UHF-R series J5 frequency wireless microphones - (2) Shure UR4D dual channel receivers - (1) Shure UA845-US Antenna Distribution system - (2) Shure UA830WB Antenna amplifiers - (4) Shure UR2 Handheld microphone transmitters with BETA87A capsules - (4) Shure UR1 Beltpack microphone transmitters with Shure 184 Lavaliere microphones - (4) Countryman E6O Wired Mics: (1) AKG D-112 Kick Drum mic (1) Shure Beta 52 Kick Drum mic (1) Shure Beta 91A Kick Drum mic (6) AKG C-1000 condenser mics (2) Audix VX 5 vocal condenser mics (1) Audix TM1 omni condenser mics (1) enCORE 100 Blue Microphones Dynamic Vocal Microphone (10) Shure SM 58 (4) Shure SM 27 (4) Shure Beta 57A (8) Shure SM 57 (4) Shure SM 77 (3) Sennheiser K3U/ME80 shotgun mics (5) Crown D-160 PCC floor mics (4) Crown PZM area mics (1) Sennheiser 825S (w/switch) (1) Shure 565SD (w/switch) (2) Studio Projects C4 w/cardioid, hypercardioid and omni capsules (3) Sennheiser e604 Direct Boxes: (4) Countryman Active Direct Boxes (3) Passive Direct Boxes (4) Radial Passive Pro DI's Cabling: (1) 48 channel passive snake made by Horizon - 48 input channels - 10 return channels - snake box is located off stage left (1) Ramtech STGBX-54 isolated snake head 54 channel iso-transformer 3 way split (1) Ramtech – SNK-RL-100' Quick Latch to Quick Latch 54 channel snake (2) Ramtech - FAN-25' Monitor fan-out (1) 16 channel 100’ sub snake - 4 1/4" returns (1) 12 channel 75’ sub snake - 4 XLR returns (1) 8 channel 50’ sub snake (40) 30’ Whirlwind MK4 XLR (20) 25’ Whirlwind MK4 XLR (10) 50’ Whirlwind MK4 XLR (5) 100’ Whirlwind MK4 XLR (15) 1/4" instrument cables Microphone Stands: (8) Ultimate tall stands w/boom arms (black) (2) Atlas tall stands w/boom arms (black) (6) Atlas tall straight stands (silver) (5) Atlas short stands w/boom arms (black) (1) Atlas Heavy base tall stand w/boom (silver) (5) Atlas desk stands (silver) Clear-Com: (1) Clear-Com MS200 Main Station (6) Clear-Com RS-501 single channel beltpacks (4) Clear-Com RS-601 single channel beltpacks (1) Clear-Com RS-502 dual channel beltpacks (9) Clear-Com single muff headsets (2) Clear-Com dual muff headsets Standard Clear-Com positions at the Palace are as follows: -One position at the Lighting Board (FOH) -One position at the Sound Board (FOH) -One at each of the Follow spot positions (2) (FOH) -One inside the Projection Booth (FOH) -One Stage Right for an ASM -One Stage Left at the curtain -One Stage Left at the Stage Managers podium Wireless Clear-Com is also available for rental. Any Questions pertaining to the Sound System at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre can be answered by emailing Kevin Taylor (Production Manager) at:
Video/Film Equipment Digital projector, Projection screen, DVD player, TV/monitor, Rental rates: front projection screen, 19.5'x44.5' = $125 rear projection screen, 14.25'x19' = $125 10,600 lumen video projector, 1920 x 1200 (1080 P) 3 chip DLP w/long zoom lens = $1000 5,500 lumen video projector, 1280 x 768 (720 P) w/short or long throw lens = $600
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Accessibility EditEdit Accessibility

Parking Street parking, Free garage/lot parking
Accessibility ADA or AODA compliant, Lobby and house, Patron restrooms, Infrared system/assistive listening, Backstage restroom, Backstage, Stage
Audience Services Staffed concession, Restrooms, Box office, Lobby
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Rates EditEdit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Video/Film Shoot - $750 - -
Rehearsal - $750 - -
Performance - $750 - -
Class - $750 - -
Audition - $750 - -
Photo Shoot - $750 - -
Special Event - $750 - -
Audio Recording - $750 - -
Reading - $750 - -
Meeting - $750 - -

Non-Profit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Video/Film Shoot - $500 - -
Rehearsal - $500 - -
Performance - $500 - -
Class - $500 - -
Audition - $500 - -
Photo Shoot - $500 - -
Special Event - $500 - -
Audio Recording - $500 - -
Reading - $500 - -
Meeting - $500 - -

This space was last updated on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 4:29PM