Patrons attending a performance of the San Francisco Ballet \\ © Brandon Patoc



Backstage like you’ve never seen it before

Join Dennis Hudson, former SF Ballet master electrician, on a tour of the War Memorial Opera House – a 1932 Beaux-Arts building designed by Arthur Brown. Go behind the scenes to learn about the unique technical and structural elements of the building and see all the secret ins and outs as part of this special once-a-year event.


The first tour begins promptly at 4 pm. The second tour begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Both tours begin in the SF Ballet lobby at 455 Franklin Street. For safety reasons, latecomers will not be allowed to join the tour.

*Please note that this tour is physically strenuous. During the tour, participants will encounter trip hazards and low overhead thresholds. Participants are required to wear appropriate shoes and should expect 2+ hours of standing and walking, including up and down dark narrow staircases.

Participants must sign a waiver before the start of the tour.

*BOTH TOUR TIMES ARE SOLD-OUT. To be placed on a waiting list, please email offstage@sfballet.org.

Date: March 20, 2023

Times: 4:00–6:00 PM SOLD OUT and 6:30–8:30 PM SOLD OUT*

Location: Meet/Check-In: 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco

Capacity: 20

Price: GA $75; no discounts