San Francisco is known internationally as a theater town.
This reputation is well earned as the profusion of theater today is based firmly on the foundation laid by San Francisco's early citizens at the turn of the century, notes Geraldine O'Brien, Arts & Tourism Manager.
Many of The City's stately theaters provide a window to its colorful past. Theater in San Francisco has been respected as a breeding ground of talent since the illustrious days of the Gold Rush and the Barbary Coast. If the walls of San Francisco's grand old venues could talk, any theater aficionado would be captivated for days and in a sense the theaters do speak with their history, tradition, dignified presence and current productions.