Bayview Opera House
Constructed in 1888, the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre (known affectionately as “the Opera House” or the “BVOH”) is located at 4705 Third Street in the heart of the Bayview Hunters Point district – San Francisco’s most ethnically diverse community. The Opera House is San Francisco’s oldest theater and a registered historical landmark. However, the Opera House is more than just a building. Operated as a community cultural and arts center by the nonprofit Bayview Opera House, Inc., with funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission and public and private donations, the Opera House is a vital community institution for Bayview residents and holds a significant place in the history and culture of Bayview Hunters Point.
The Opera House currently provides arts education and cultural enrichment to San Franciscans on a low or no cost basis. Recent offerings include adult drama, dance and yoga classes, DARE TO DREAM ARTS school age after school classes, toddler and parent/toddler classes, and an 8-week long summer arts cam.. The Opera House also hosts a large variety of cultural events, community gatherings and seasonal celebrations.
The Opera House is available to rent for corporate, governmental and private parties and events. The facility features a 300-seat theater with a 45′ indoor stage, full sized movie screen with digital projector, an outdoor stage in an enclosed garden courtyard, free wireless internet access, two dressing rooms, and a classroom for breakout sessions.