The Palace of the Fine Arts emerged out of the Panama Pacific Exposition of 115 as a way to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and the rebirth of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. The Palace was restored and saved from demolition in the late 1950s and in 1970 the theatre was added. Some of the most famous artists who have performed on the stage include Van Morrison, Celine Dion and Joan Baez.
The Palace of Fine Arts seats 1,000 guests in a continental-style configuration that was added to the venue in 1970. The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is operated by the non-profit organization the Palace of Fine Arts League, Inc. No smoking allowed inside. Alcohol, food, or beverages are also prohibited from the Palace of Fine Arts. For information about the box office, call (415) 567-6642.